Raekwon McMillan of Liberty County has led GHSF Daily’s Player of the Year Watch for five weeks, but he has something to prove on Friday.
Liberty County is facing fifth-ranked Statesboro (6-0). Liberty County (6-0) has never made the playoffs in McMillan’s high school career. McMillan was a freshman when Liberty County stunned Statesboro 29-0 in 2010. Statesboro has won the other six meetings, including a 19-0 victory last year.
Joining the POY Watch this week are Cartersville QB Brooks Barden and Norcross DE Lorenzo Carter.
Barden has thrown 21 TD passes this season, including 17 in the past four games. Carter, rated the No. 1 college prospect in Georgia, is coming off an 11-tackle performance against Duluth.
They replaced North Gwinnett DE Dante Sawyer, who did not play last week, and Peachtree Ridge RB Jordan Ellis, whose team lost.
The POY Watch projects the player’s chances of winning the Atlanta Journal-Constitution all-classification player-of-the-year award. The player’s individual talents and his impact on the Georgia high school football season as a whole are prime considerations.
1. LB/RB Raekwon McMillan, Liberty County: McMillan had 19 tackles, four for losses, and forced a fumble in a 21-19 victory over Glenn Hills. He also rushed for 42 yards and a touchdown on six carries and ran in a conversion. For the season, McMillan has 92 tackles, 18 for losses, five sacks and three forced fumbles. He has rushed for 383 yards on 40 carries (9.6 ypc) and has three catches for 74 yards. He has scored 10 touchdowns. Liberty County is 6-0 but unranked. The consensus No. 2 college prospect in Georgia made the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Super 11 team.
2. RB Nick Chubb, Cedartown: Chubb rushed for 176 yards (a season low) and three touchdowns on 20 carries in a 41-25 victory over River Ridge. For the season, Chubb has rushed for 1,532 yards on 143 carries (10.7 yards per carry) and scored 24 touchdowns in six games, all victories. Chubb, the No. 1-rated running back prospect in Georgia, finished with 2,721 yards rushing in 2012, a state record for the regular season. Chubb is committed to Georgia.
3. QB Deshaun Watson, Gainesville: Watson was 23-of-28 passing for 295 yards and four touchdowns and scored on a 60-yard run in a 51-6 victory over Cedar Shoals. For the season, Watson is 141-of-196 passing (71.9 percent) for 1,865 yards and 23 touchdowns with two interceptions in six games. He has rushed for 296 yards and four touchdowns on 38 carries. Watson, who is committed to Clemson, is the all-time Georgia leader in career passing yards with 11,226.
4. Kawon Bryant, North Oconee: Bryant rushed for 250 yards and scored four touchdowns on 27 carries in a 56-14 victory over previously unbeaten Morgan County. He caught two passes for 45 yards. In five games, Bryant has rushed for 1,357 yards and 24 touchdowns on 137 carries (9.9 ypc) and has 10 catches for 140 yards. His rushing-yard average (271.4 per game) leads the state. Bryant is a junior.
5. QB Ty Clemons, McEachern: Clemons rushed for 240 yards on 10 carries and scored on runs of 95, 38 and 12 yards in a 49-35 victory over Campbell. He was 7-for-12 passing for 86 yards and a touchdown. On the season, Clemons has rushed for 788 yards and scored nine touchdowns on 54 carries (14.6 ypc) and completed 43 of 74 pass attempts for 647 yards and eight touchdowns with three interceptions for a 6-0 team that is ranked No. 2 in AAAAAA.
6. QB Adam Choice, Thomas County Central: Choice rushed for 172 yards and three touchdowns on 22 carries in a 50-23 victory over Bainbridge. For the season, Choice has rushed for 1,014 yards on 135 carries (7.4 ypc) and scored nine touchdowns for a 5-1 team that is ranked No. 6 in Class AAAAA. He is 23-of-43 passing for 408 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. Choice also plays in Central’s secondary. A member of the AJC’s Super 11 team, Choice rushed for more than 1,500 yards each of the past two seasons.
7. LB Korie Rogers, Buford: Rogers had seven tackles in a 63-0 victory over West Hall. It was Buford’s third shutout and the second consecutive game in which Rogers sat out the second half with the game in hand. He has played in the fourth quarter only once this year (Gainesville). For the season, Rogers has 28 tackles, two sacks and three other tackles for losses in Buford’s 5-0 start. Rogers, who is committed to Clemson, is the leader of the No. 1-ranked team in Class AAA. He was the AAA defensive player of the year in 2012.
8. Stanton Truitt, Monroe Area: Truitt’s team did not play last week. For the season, Truitt has rushed for 817 yards on 63 carries (13.0 ypc) and is 19-of-33 passing for 451 yards and eight touchdowns with two interceptions. Truitt has scored 12 touchdowns. Monroe Area is 5-0 and ranked No. 4 in AAAA. Truitt is committed to Auburn.
9. QB Brooks Barden, Cartersville: Barden was 12-of-19 passing for five touchdowns in one half of a 76-13 victory over Lakeview-Fort Oglethorpe. He rushed for 65 yards on three carries and scored two touchdowns. On the season, Barden is 78-of-129 passing for 1,341 yards and 21 touchdowns with two interceptions for a 6-0 team that is ranked No. 2 in Class AAA. He has 226 rushing yards on 28 carries (8.07 ypc) and has scored four touchdowns. Barden, rated by 247Sports as the No. 1 pro-style quarterback in the state, has committed to Charlotte.
10. DE Lorenzo Carter, Norcross: Carter had 12 tackles, four hits behind the line of scrimmage and a fumble recovery in a 49-3 victory over Habersham Central. For the season, Carter has 50 tackles, 14 for losses, and a sack. Carter is the consensus No. 1-rated college prospect in Georgia. Norcross is 4-2 and ranked No. 8 in Class AAAAAA.
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