I thought it would be interesting today to look at what teams have a major go-to guy on offense, and which ones are more balanced. Does it make any difference how dependent a team is on one player?
Not sure. But here is a look at the eight teams remaining and their feature player on offense.
Who do you want to have the ball when the game is on the line?
Camden County – Camden has two offensive players committed to Georgia, and it’s hard to say which is more valuable. QB Brice Ramsey doesn’t pass much for a major college prospect, but he adds a dimension that Camden rarely has seen. He is 70-of-128 passing for 1,358 yards and 19 touchdowns with only one interception. RB J.J. Green, who also starts at cornerback, has rushed for 876 yards and scored 11 touchdowns on 100 carries and is a factor in the return game.
Colquitt County – Colquitt is largely a passing team, and WR Bobby Hill (72 catches, 980 yards, 5 TD) is the primary target. But the key player has become QB Cole Segraves, who lost his starting job at one point and suffered a three-interception first half in a loss to Valdosta. Since then, he’s 57-of-78 for 737 yards in three games. He has 1,715 yard passing on the season despite operating under a two-quarterback system for most of the season.
Lovejoy – RB Travis Custis, who has committed to Georgia Tech, has rushed for 1,629 yards on 199 carries and scored 30 touchdowns. He’s clearly the workhorse, but Lovejoy also has a quarterback with 2,039 yards passing in Alejandro Bennifield. He’s 118-of-191 passing with 26 touchdowns and only four interceptions. He’s a pocket passer who rarely runs.
Mill Creek – In two playoff games, RB Jacorey Lewis rushed for 612 yards on 73 carries to put Mill Creek in the quarterfinals for only the second time. Lewis has rushed for 2,157 yards and on 251 carries and scored 30 touchdowns. No quarterfinal team has a more pure go-to player than Mill Creek.
Norcross – The most highly recruited running back still playing in any classification is Alvin Kamara, who has 1,784 yards rushing and 23 touchdowns on 217 carries. But the Blue Devils also throw pretty well with Joseph Wilbur (119-of-175, 1,997 yards, 23 touchdowns, 4 interceptions). And junior Myles Autry is the only player in AAAAAA with more than 500 yards rushing, receiving and returning.
North Cobb – QB Tyler Queen, just a sophomore, is 140-of-241 passing for 2,154 yards and 20 touchdowns with eight interceptions. He also leads his team in rushing with 861 yards and 15 touchdowns on 137 carries. But this is no one-man show. WR Xavier Borishade (42 catches, 842 yards , 13 total touchdowns) is an all-state candidate, and RB J’Vonte Herrod scored five touchdowns in the 42-14 victory over Hughes in the second round.
North Gwinnett – QB Michael Haynes is the undisputed epicenter of the Bulldogs’ offense. He is 168-of-250 passing for 2,112 yards and 26 touchdowns with only five interceptions. Haynes also is his team’s leading rusher with 635 yards and three touchdowns on 112 carries. But note that Cam Lewis ran for a season-high 120 yards in the 28-10 victory over Grayson.
Parkview – The Panthers had an old-school tailback in Chris Carson, who rushed for 1,100 yards in just eight regular-season games, but he’s not played since Nov. 2 because of injury. RB Justis Rosser, a two-way starter, has had a couple of 100-yard rushing games, but without Carson, this is not a team with one feature back.