Notebook: Blessed Trinity RB has night to cherish

Chad Manthey had played sparingly in Blessed Trinity’s first six games, but with the No. 1 and No. 3 tailbacks injured last week, the senior was suddenly the feature back in a Region 6-AAA game against Towers.

To say he responded would be an understatement. Manthey rushed for 324 yards on 34 carries and scored six touchdowns in a 42-13 victory.

Blessed Trinity coach Tim McFarlin noted that Manthey lost his father to a heart attack two seasons ago, making this night even more special for Manthey and the team.

“Friday night was a very emotional night for his mother, who came on the field in tears after the game,” McFarlin said. “A great night for that family. We’re all very proud for Chad.”

More good rushing duos

Tuesday’s Spotlight on some of Georgia’s best rushing duos got lots of positive response. We got reports on five other teams with great running combinations that we felt are worth mentioning.


RB Voltaire Driver: 177-1,191-16

QB Trent McClure: 128-784-2

Driver rushed for 1,658 yards as a sophomore but missed four early games in his junior year with an arm injury. He’s a four-year starter. McClure’s father, Mike, was a star option quarterback in the 1970s.


Trey Shivers: 40-442-9

Malik Sheppard: 51-471-8

They rarely play beyond 2.5 quarters, so they’re total numbers aren’t there yet, but they average 10.1 yards per carry and one touchdown every 5.1 carries. Teammate Jarvis Terrell has 422 yards rushing and eight touchdowns.


RB Anthony Bell 138-1,030-13

RB Devante Davis 132-897-7

Another 710 yards rushing on just 69 caries from QB Quinn Prather and you’ve got the only trio in the state with more than 700 yards rushing each.


Daryl Dunlap: 119-819-10

Dre Towns: 114-659-6

Dunlap (6-2, 215) is a two-way starter who has committed to San Diego State.

Washington County

RB Melvin Hill: 849

RB Danyale Wicker: 681

We don’t have attempts and touchdowns, but throw in QB A.J. Gray’s 626 yards, and that’s the best rushing trio in Class AAA.

Anderson leads Lassiter back into contention

The progress of new quarterback Will Anderson, a transfer from Wesleyan, is a big reason that Lassiter is now perhaps the team to beat in Region 5-AAAAAA. Anderson was 26-of-46 passing for 406 yards and four touchdowns and no interceptions in the 31-3 victory over Milton last week. That made him second in passing yards in Class AAAAAA with 1,653. He’s 121-of-193 with 17 touchdowns and four interceptions. He missed one game because of injury, so he is averaging 276 yards passing per game.

Rogers, Kell selected for Atlanta sports hall

The Atlanta Sports Hall of Fame this week selected former Duluth running back George Rogers and former Wheeler football coach Corky Kell for induction in February. Rogers was the Class A back of the year in 1976 and Class B back of the year in 1975, when he led Duluth to a state championship game. Rogers won the Heisman Trophy for South Carolina in 1980. Kell was 77-25-1 at Wheeler in the 1970s and let the team to the Class AAA final in 1973. It was his vision that started in 1992 what is now known as the Corky Kell Classic, the opening games that are played at the Georgia Dome.

Start them at the 20

Savannah Country Day place-kicker Colton Lichtenberg, a junior, has 30 kickoffs this season, 27 touchbacks, several past the back of the end zone. Of the three that were not touchbacks, two were onside kicks. He’s also averaging 38.0 yards per punt.

Briefly …

Union Grove senior wide receiver and defensive back Caleb Ham is the son of Tracy Ham, the former Georgia Southern quarterback and college football hall-of-famer. Caleb Ham has 28 catches for 503 yards and five touchdowns. … It had been reported widely this week in score lists that Jackson beat Henry County 32-21. That was only the halftime score. Henry County won 50-49. Jackson RB De’Eric Bell rushed for 294 yards in a losing effort. … Stanley Williams of George Walton Academy rushed for 236 yards and four touchdowns on 14 carries in last week’s 43-21 victory over Pinecrest Academy. Williams, who is committed to Kentucky, has 1,307 yards rushing on the season, the most in Class A. … Thomson WR/DB Felton Hatcher had 10 receptions for 192 yards and two touchdowns in a 20-7 win over Dodge County last week. The 10 catches are suspected to be a school record at historically run-based Thomson.

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October 25th, 2013
8:32 am

Spencer Ashley of Cherokee (AAAAAA), in the same region as Lassiter QB Anderson has 1,770 yards passing this season.

Todd Holcomb

October 25th, 2013
10:16 am

Helping – You are correct. We had not sorted our leaders when we wrote that.

Here is our state leaderboard for those who have not seen it –