POY Watch: Watson retains top spot heading into playoffs

DeAndre Walker, the junior defense end from Hughes whose 18 sacks are the highest total reported to MaxPreps’ leaderboard, is the newest entry into GHSF Daily’s Player of the Year Watch.Gainesville quarterback Deshaun Watson continues to hold down the top spot heading into the first round of the state playoffs.

1. QB Deshaun Watson, Gainesville: Watson rushed for 221 yards and two touchdowns on 21 carries in a 55-45 victory over Flowery Branch. He was 13-of-24 passing for 245 yards and four touchdowns. For the season, he is 210-of-301 passing (69.8 percent) for 2,791 yards and 37 touchdowns with only four interceptions. He has rushed for 712 yards and nine touchdowns on 80 carries (8.9 yards per carry). Watson, who is committed to Clemson, is the all-time Georgia leader in career passing yards with 12,093.

2. RB Nick Chubb, Cedartown: Chubb rushed for 278 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries in a 40-27 victory over Ridgeland. Chubb has rushed for a state-leading 2,612 yards on 256 carries (10.2 ypc) and scored 40 touchdowns. Cedartown is 9-1. Chubb, the No. 1-rated running back prospect in the state, is committed to Georgia.

3. LB/RB Raekwon McMillan, Liberty County: McMillan rushed for 133 yards on 11 carries, had nine tackles, a sack and two tackles for losses, and returned a fumble 48 yards in a 26-10 victory over Richmond Academy. For the season, McMillan has 152 tackles, 33 for losses, and 7.5 sacks. He has rushed for 608 yards on 67 carries (9.1 ypc) and scored 10 touchdowns. Liberty County is 8-2, its best record in history. The consensus No. 2 college prospect in Georgia made the Atlanta Journal-Constitution’s Super 11 team.

4. QB Brooks Barden, Cartersville: Barden was 7-of-17 passing for 84 yards and three touchdowns in a 33-16 victory over Ringgold. On the season, Barden is 129-of-209 passing (63.5 percent) for 2,268 yards and 40 touchdowns with three interceptions for a 10-0 team that is ranked No. 2 in Class AAA. He has 304 rushing yards and has scored five touchdowns. Barden, rated by 247Sports as the No. 1 pro-style quarterback in the state, has committed to Charlotte.

5. DE Lorenzo Carter, Norcross: Carter had four tackles, two for losses, in a 59-14 victory over Meadowcreek. For the season, Carter has 86 tackles, 24 for losses, four sacks and seven hurried passes. Carter is the consensus No. 1-rated college prospect in Georgia. Norcross is 8-2 and ranked No. 5 in Class AAAAAA.

6. DE D’Andre Walker, Hughes: Walker had three sacks for 22 yards in losses in a 30-0 victory over Westlake. For the season, Walker has 18 sacks – nine in the past three games – for 149 yards in losses. He has 81 tackles overall, 23 for losses, and has forced six fumbles. His team has shut out five opponents and is 9-1. Walker, a junior, is the No. 8 weakside defensive end prospect in the class of 2015, according to 247Sports’ composite rankings.

7. Kawon Bryant, North Oconee: Bryant rushed for 167 yards and two touchdowns on 32 carries in a 33-30 loss to Hart County. For the season, Bryant has rushed for 2,485 yards and 41 touchdowns on 262 carries (9.5 ypc) and has 13 catches for 187 yards. North Oconee is 8-2. Bryant is a junior.

8. WR Nate Brown, North Gwinnett: Brown had three catches for 63 yards in a 44-22 victory over Peachtree Ridge and was held without a touchdown for the first time this season. For the season, Brown has 47 catches for 824 yards and a state-leading 18 touchdowns. North Gwinnett is 9-1 and ranked No. 1 in Class AAAAAA. Brown is committed to Missouri.

9. QB Jaquez Parks, Griffin: Parks was 15-of-27 passing for 137 yards and rushed for 108 yards on seven carries in a 48-7 victory over Woodland of Stockbridge. For the season, Parks is 153-of-218 passing (72 percent) for 2,070 yards and 19 touchdowns with three interceptions. He has rushed for 820 yards on 78 carries and scored 14 touchdowns. Parks has an offer from Air Force and is being recruited by Harvard, Yale and Clemson. He has a 3.8 GPA. Griffin is 10-0 and ranked No. 2 in Class AAAA.

10. QB Chandler Burks, South Paulding: Burks was 13-of-15 passing for 130 yards and two touchdowns in a 28-12 victory over Lithia Springs. He rushed for 28 yards on four carries. For the season, Burks is 140-of-206 passing for 2,132 yards and 22 touchdowns with four interceptions. He has rushed for 1,112 yards and 15 touchdowns on 122 carries (9.1 ypc). Burks, who is 5 feet, 10 inches and 180 pounds, has committed to Kennesaw State.

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cedartown class of '85

November 13th, 2013
8:10 am

unfortunately nick chubb will not have a chance to break the all time state rushing record which was set in 15 games as the season will come to an end at the mighty sandy creek this fri. nite

itsonlywrite

November 13th, 2013
8:17 am

@cedartown class of ‘85 … whoa!!! Cedartown plays Sandy Creek in the first round?!!!! wowsers!!! But dont say that man… Cedartown might just actually pull it out Friday. Keep hope alive!!!

#ELEPHANTNATION

Jusfellofftheturniptruck

November 13th, 2013
8:55 am

Sandys good, but not untouchable. Ask em bout 2011 in gville.

Look for Watson to have another huge night against mlk. Coach Miller has let it be known that he will run watson more now that playoffs have started. He is a great runner, just hope he stays healthy!

Jus watched the mlk v tucker game. Don’t think the mlk defense will have an answer for big #4. Bull Elephant!

My2Cents

November 13th, 2013
9:09 am

How is Deshaun Watson still number 1? He is a one man show that crumpled when he played a more talented Buford. Or is this POY stuff all about stats? I don’t think the POY should be about the player with the biggest name or most scholarships, thats just lazy. I can think of several guys that should be on this list, but aren’t the flavor of the month.

Jusfellofftheturniptruck

November 13th, 2013
9:24 am

Wow 2cents. Just wow.

How many times have you actually watched Deshaun Watson play football? How many times have you watched any of these 10 talented athletes?

Who are the guys that aren’t on the list?

Quit hatin and start educatin, geez

Coachj

November 13th, 2013
9:29 am

when is AJC going to give lovejoy Preston Williams some love. His overall numbers are better than Nate Brown besides touchdowns and if you add in punt returns Preston is right there with Mr. Brown. Preston is a game changer and maybe the #1 receiver in the country. Ask Alpharetta or colquitt about the 6′5 wide receiver.

Gainesville-Steve

November 13th, 2013
10:34 am

D-WAAAAAT!!

Like I said, no one is ready for my Big Bad Elephants and I’m happy to hear that Coach will turn him loose. I want to see martin luther king school get destroyed. Too many people talking about that SEC of the south stuff.

Shut them up D-Wat!! n Show them why you are the POY. HANDS DOWN!!!

MLK doesntg have any rated players or decent coaches. I just found out your record is 7-3. HA! and dont say that is the same record as Gainesville was last year. We are a BETTER TEAM!!

Ask the Paulding Cupcakes. They are going to Mass every morning and Prayer services every night praying for an MLK win because they know they dont want to see the BIG BAAAD ELEPHANTS!!

I dont even understand how Paulding schools could even be in 5A anyway. Doesnt it take 4 Paulding players to equal one Gainesville player? CUP CAKES!!

MLK, come on up 985 and get your slice of this good ‘ole home cookin arse-whuppin!!
We already looking past youll candy-cakes!!
BOOOM!! Darn-it, that D-Wat, threw the ball with his left hand and still scored a TD over MLK!!

Gainesville 60+
MLK 6 (because you cant kick a field goal after we put the 8th graders in and let you score 6)

Candy Cakes!!

Go Chiefs

November 13th, 2013
12:16 pm

Honorable Mention should go to Andrew Johnson from McIntosh. The kid has staggering stats this season in both passing and rushing, as well as leading his team to the most wins in a single season in school history.

Elephant-steve

November 13th, 2013
12:28 pm

Again Gainesville steve sounds a little under the influence. although i agree DW should hold the top spot. Gainesville has a very good chance at going all the way. GO BIG E’s. How bout a QB from AAAAAA football being on the list, this is the toughest classs in the state. It seems Like the kid from Archer who has lead his team to a 10-0 record has some skin in the game. I dunno, i havent had the chance to see that team, to busy watching my elephants.

My2Cents

November 13th, 2013
1:09 pm

@Justfellofftheturniptruck….I can tell you are a homer so just for your info I have seen the majority of these players play. I am a huge fan of Nick Chubb (He is the real deal). I used to be a huge D Watson fan, but have cooled off a little bit after evaluating his schedule. Either he is running up the score on a bunch of cup cakes or Defense lets up enough points a game to inflate those stats. My only real point is, if you are the player of the year you should make a deep run in the play-offs. I don’t think Gville gets by MLK. I love the QB Roland Rivers for MLK, he is a big time player. As far as players off the radar because they do not have inflated stats……Tiller( Archer), Ellis(Peahtree Ridge), Herman (CH), Henderson (CH), Mouhon (Norcross)….These guys play a brutal schedule and still dominate. That being said, if they do not make a deep run in the play-offs they are off my list. You can’t be the best player in GA and not carrier your team deep, unless of course it’s just about stats.

Gainesville-Steve

November 13th, 2013
2:10 pm

my2cents………….will you please collect your 2 cents and cash yourself out of this conversation.
Thank you.

D-Wat is the best this state has ever seen. Dont hate, appreciate!
The MLK guy is good. I saw enough to tell me that, but they dont really have a running game to support him like we do. and their line is soft, so he doeent stand a chance. That is why he just stands there and throws all of those “hail Marys”.

Watch D-Wat, you will think you are watching a college QB. He will trick the LBs and DEs to bite in, then he will sting them with a quick slant pass to a streaking wideout or a swift dash to the flats.
Then its on like Elephant-Kong!!

BOOOM!!! Gainesville scores again!!!

My2Cents

November 13th, 2013
2:54 pm

Gainesville-Steve…..I started this conversation, you jumped in with your homer opinions. Gainesville’s Defense is one of the worst I have seen. MLK may not look like it has a running game against Tucker, but against Gville they will look like Gurley & Marshall. I also do not recall much of a running game against Buford.

Jusfellofftheturniptruck

November 13th, 2013
3:20 pm

I’m a homer for sure. Love my red elephants no doubt.

However, there are many folks that appreciate watsons skills, even non GHS folks. Mostly opposing players n coaches who watch film on him and devise a “plan” to stop him or slow him down. Rarely if ever do those plans come to fruition, because he is just that good.

Know that Watson has played 4 quarters only twice this season – Buford n branch.

If he stayed in the blowout games his numbers would be even more staggering than they are.

Agree that Chubb is a beast. Looks like you are a Gwinnett county AAAAAA homer. Why don’t some of your above POY candidates schedule up some Buford and see how the perform against one of the states best defenses? Until you do, just pipe down a bit bro

ispeaktruth

November 13th, 2013
3:26 pm

@coachj Preston is a good talent but far from top receiver in state he is a vertical that and big target but routes are not clean and had a knack for making drops on what should be routine passes for a player of his caliber and talent. Such as his 2 drops he v had against alpharetta and and few against Colquitt. Nate Brown is a more complete receiver and overall weapon from hitch screen postdigs verticals 50/50 balls Brown is far tougher Matchup. TDs do Matter and he doing with another good reviver in Scott and rb in Leggett. if Not then receivers from cherokee, alpharetta and Northview should be considered over Preston.

Elephant-steve

November 13th, 2013
3:34 pm

I think the top 2 in Gwinnett AAAAAA (NG,Archer) would beat Buford. Which means i think they are better than my elephants too, Since Buford did beat us. How is the kid from cedartown doing? Will he be able to watch his team on Friday?

Jusfellofftheturniptruck

November 13th, 2013
4:36 pm

Enter your comments here

Gainesville-Steve

November 13th, 2013
4:55 pm

This Gainesvilke team is not a 1-Man show like some of you’ll want to say. We have awesome Receivers led by #15 and #19. Our LBs #28 (A BEAST) and #55 (A BEAST and a HITTING ANIMAL) are the best in this state even though they don’t get no love from AJC or anyone else. But you will know this Friday because they are coming at MLK with anger. You’ll been disrespectful for too long! and the RED ELEPHANTS are going to stomp the disrespect out of you’ll one cup cake at a time (SQUISSSSSSSHH!!!) You girlies of Region 5 and the softies from Region 1 and Regions 2. Bring it!! If you dont know about us, JUST ASK WARE!!!!

TDs are still ringing in their ears!!!

Come one, Come all, Gainesville will have a ball………on Yawl
We will beat you with the run, D-Wat will beat you from the Shot-Gun!
55 will blast through your weak O-Line, and Dump your sorry running back’s behind
Then 99 will clean up, the mess as he busts your weak MLK Tackles in their Chests
28 is gonna have you’ll scared, like Ware who in 2012 wished they were dead!
MLK dont want none of us, grab your helmets, with tails between your legs and get back on your bus.
Gainesville will beat Anyone, Bring Buford back cause what you’ll started aint done.
Come Friday night, its gonna be heated as MLK recognizes very early that they are DEFEATED!
N. Paulding, Lee, NSWR and Ware, bring your arses one by one if you dare….
Notice I didnt say Tucker, cause they are a bunch of one trick pony suckers!!
MLK you dont want this beat down, cause D-Wat and crew will score Touchdown, after Touchdown!!

itsonlywrite

November 13th, 2013
5:18 pm

@My2Cents … you really think Cedartown has played better competition than G-ville? Dont forget, Watson has been putting up these stats in the playoffs also. This will be Nick Chubb’s first year in the playoffs as a starter. We’ll see what he does against some tough competition Friday night.

#ELEPHANTNATION

GoTigers

November 13th, 2013
5:59 pm

I think the real reason most on here cannot get behind Watson is because he has decided not to play for Jawja or Tech. LOL
Got T-town Dogs.

itsonlywrite

November 13th, 2013
6:57 pm

@GoTigers … lol… I feel ya. Cant blame Watson though. Richt waited waaaaaaaaay too late to make offers.

#ELEPHANTNATION

wolfbait67

November 13th, 2013
8:15 pm

To all Red Elephant fans: wish you guys well going into the playoffs….don’t U luv all this hate you guys get for winning….ain’t nuthin better than to read all these whiners…I can’t believe how these 6AAAAAA cronies get to bash all the lower classifications when they ain’t won a title since 2009.hummmmmmmmmmmmmmmm, wonder who that could be….anyhow, good luck to the Red Elephants

itsonlywrite

November 13th, 2013
11:09 pm

@wolfbait67 .. preciate it brother. Peace to you and your team.

#ELEPHANTNATION

bigdawg

November 14th, 2013
12:48 am

Burke co bears for life.D Watson from Gainesville Nuthin but the truth.

itsonlywrite

November 14th, 2013
4:27 am

@bigdawg … Salute!!! Donquell is no joke neither.

#ELEPHANTNATION

Jusfellofftheturniptruck

November 14th, 2013
8:39 am

Won’t ever forget watching gator return that kickoff after dwatson broke off that long td run to start the game. Gator took the mo and Burke never looked back.

Kinda surprised Greens not on the list, he was earlier

My2Cents

November 14th, 2013
9:04 am

Before all you homers start putting words in my mouth you may want to read what I wrote instead of getting your feelings hurt when I said said I didn’t think your guy should be leading for the POY. I would have D Wat on my team anyday. I only said I cooled off on him a little bit. I never said Nick Chubbs schedule was better than Gvilles, I only said he was a beast, after somebody made the comment about having not seen any of these guys play(In fact, I have seen most play multiple times).

@Justfellofftheturniptruck….I think most Gwinnett county schools would love to play Buford, but I there is nothing in it for them to do it. Not to mention I think there is some sort of super secret pack not to play Buford because of all the unethical recruiting from the other schools.

Coachj

November 14th, 2013
9:42 am

@ispeak look at the big games preston showed up in every big game and made big plays. 2 TD colquit, game winning one vs a good east cowetta team, and dominated alpharetta. There has not been a game he has not shown up. Yes he had a two drops at east cowetta then made game winning touchdown over defender head. Preston does what is asked of him by his coaches and does a great job of it. Nate brown vs preston im taking preston.CHeck his numbers compared to brown and brown has him only in td and thats by 2. The kid is great and underrated.

Jusfellofftheturniptruck

November 14th, 2013
11:30 am

I do see your point about nothing to gain by playing an aaa (soon to be aaaa) school when you are a 5a or 6a school. Buford’s the exception.

Recruit or attract great players because of your pedigree and facilities, makes no difference, fact is they are great every year. Is it fair? Is it right? Probably not.

If you don’t like it schedule them and try to beat them. That’s what we do. We don’t bit$ch and moan. We play them, some times we win sometimes we lose. We always get better and take lots of beef for it on these here blogs.

Disagree about nothing in it. How many schools can say they beat Buford during the regular season at home in the last 10 years? Very few.

Sounds to me like y’all are a lil scared to play em. Grow a set and tee it up with them, or us for that matter and then we can talk.

Btw, gville scrimmages Grayson (scheduled before we knew they would have a down year) play west forsyth first game ( fairly strong 6a school) and then Buford. We can’t help the reign we are in, but its one of the top three or four in the state.

itsonlywrite

November 15th, 2013
3:56 am

@My2Cents … “I used to be a huge D Watson fan, but have cooled off a little bit after evaluating his schedule. Either he is running up the score on a bunch of cup cakes or Defense lets up enough points a game to inflate those stats.”

I think that quote kinda insinuates that you may think Gville plays a weak schedule. *Kanye Shrug* lol

#ELEPHANTNATION

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