All-region teams: Williams, Preston named top players in 2-AAAAAA

Here is the all-region team for 2-AAAAAA, as chosen by the league’s coaches:

Coach of the year: Al Hughes, Lovejoy

Offensive player of the year: WR Preston Williams, Lovejoy

Defensive player of the year: LB Kentavius Preston, Rockdale County

Special teams player of the year: Deandre Huff, Newton

First-team offense

QB – Courtney Heard, Morrow, Sr.

RB – Jeremiah Kirkland, Lovejoy, Sr.

RB – Hassan Enis, Druid Hills, Jr.

OL – Blake Davis, Rockdale County, Jr.

OL – Randy Robinson, Lovejoy, Jr.

OL – Corey Thomas, Newton, Sr.

OL – Ryan Adams, Alcovy, Sr.

OL – Justin Brown, Lovejoy, Sr.

WR – Davonte Jones, Newton, Jr.

WR – Terrell Mclaughlin, Rockdale County, Sr.

WR – Keenon Davis, Morrow, Jr.

WR – Jaylin Penny, Alcovy, Sr.

Ath. – Tristin Payne, Alcovy, Sr.

P – Devin Dawkins, Rockdale County Co., Sr.

First-team defense

DL – Curtiss Benton, Alcovy, Sr.

DL – A. J. Reeves, Luella, Jr.

DL – Kris Ellis, Lovejoy, Sr.

DL – Julian McKnight, Rockdale County, Sr.

LB – Steve Osondu, Luella, Sr.

LB – Randy Anyanwu, Lovejoy, Sr.

LB – Akon Godwin, Alcovy, Sr.

LB – Dez Billingslea, Newton, Sr.

DB – Shakym Peters, Rockdale County, Sr.

DB – Robert Bullard, Alcvoy, Sr.

DB – Montrell Custis, Lovejoy, Jr.

DB – Anthony Davis, Rockdale County, Sr.

Ath. – Robert McCray, Rockdale County, Sr.

K – Jaime Nunez, Lovejoy, Sr.

Second-team offense

QB – Romario Johnson, Newton, So.

RB – Kevin Morris-Strong, Lovejoy, Jr.

RB – Trevone Sullivan, Luella, Sr.

OL – Mike Jones, Lovejoy, Sr.

OL – Darren Drake, Luella, Jr.

OL – Tyqueze Walker, Druid Hills, Sr.

OL – Nuku Yobo, Newton, Jr.

OL – Hakeem Enis, Druid Hills, So.

WR – Tremaine Dillard, Lovejoy, Jr.

WR – Akwesi Mintah, Rockdale County, Sr.

WR – Taylor Hawkins, Newton, Sr.

WR – Tyler Moore, Morrow, Sr.

Ath. – D’Anthony Bell, Alcovy, Jr.

P – Ben Whealler, Druid Hills, Sr.

Second-team defense

DL – Toryan Bell, Lovejoy, Jr.

DL – Dajour Maddox, Druid Hills, Jr.

DL – Derek Green, Newton, Sr.

DL – Miles Leary, Morrow, Sr.

LB – Dax Tolson, Druid Hills, Jr.

LB – Reggie McMullen, Morrow, Sr.

LB – Wendell Mitchell, Luella, Jr.

LB – Jaylon Harris, Luella, Sr.

DB – Brandon Williams, Lovejoy, Sr.

DB – Jordan Collier, Lovejoy, Sr.

DB – Tajmell Speights, Morrow, Sr.

DB – Christopher Franklin, Newton, Sr.

Ath. – Robbie Wallace, Newton, Sr.

K – Giancarlo Malerba, Luella, Sr.

Honorable mention: Alcovy – OL Michael Moses, Sr.; RB Jared Farley, Sr.; DB Cameron Banks, Sr.; DB Roman Mack, Sr. Druid Hills – DB Jalen Carter, Jr.; QB Michael Scott, Jr.; WR K’Tjuan Clark, Jr.; DL Javier Lee, So. Lovejoy – OL Darien Conley, Jr.; DL Horato Brown, Sr.; DL Dion Hill, Sr.; LB Chauncey Jackson, Jr. Luella – DE Malik Skinner, Sr.; DE Terry Thomas, So.; RB Quad Clemmons, Jr.; LB Sal Vazquez, Jr. Morrow – DB Derwin Jackson, Sr.; WR Devon Jennings, Fr.; LB Xavier Essex, Sr.; SS Akeem Newton, Fr. b – DB Steven Montac, Jr.; OL Alex Jacobs, So.; DE Jordan Manson, Jr.; RB Atrice Hobbs, So. Rockdale County – LB Brandon Harris, Sr.; LB Malachi Chang Smith, Sr.; RB Keijne Thomas, Jr.; SS T.J. Warren, Jr.

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December 17th, 2013
10:26 am

@ All the players on these list. I saw each and everyone of you play, unless you did not play vs Lovejoy. Be proud of what you accomplished. I know it did not end as many of you would have liked. You have earned a place in the books for all time by making this list. Congratulations.

For those of you that will be moving on to the next level, keep up the hard work and keep you eyes affixed to your goal. For those that are moving on but will not play ball elsewhere, remember the things you learned from the team experience. Not the football but the feel of family and all that goes with it. For those that will be back, I look forward to another year of watching you do your thing on the football field. Work hard and dedicate yourself to be better than before.


December 17th, 2013
10:28 am

I wonder why Lovejoys Qb wasn’t on this List? His numbers were way better than the guys on the list!


December 17th, 2013
10:49 am

Political correctness. They have to spread it out. Neely’s numbers were better. Although the Qb from Morrow was probably more athletic and willing to run which made him more valuable to them as a dual threat. He deserves to be here though I’m sure 1st team is not the place.

As It Stands

December 17th, 2013
10:50 am

I feel as if Derico Tiley from Lovejoy deserves at least an honorable mention, but I guess you can’t go off of potential alone. He’ll should be a beast next year, though.

As It Stands

December 17th, 2013
10:51 am

Correction: He


December 17th, 2013
11:35 am

There are quite a few that deserve it but got no love. Trevino Huff from DHHS led them in receptions and rushing for half the season before breaking his collarbone. He was high on the stat sheets for all DeKalb athletes. Given his size and what he did accomplish, coupled with the fact that he will be back certainly deserves some recognition.

Rico should have played more. They did not use him properly. I agree we can’t go from potential.


December 17th, 2013
11:59 am

@sportsnut Neely deserves at least an honorable mention don’t u think?


December 17th, 2013
12:18 pm

I just think its only fair that Neely gets his recognition too, b/c Preston couldn’t throw the ball to himself @sportsnut


December 17th, 2013
1:26 pm

That was my point. Some who should make it, can’t. Honorable mention would have been nice but nothing. I guess Preston is better than we thought. Pretty fast too, to be able to throw it and run and catch it. Nah, just joking. We have to admit that this is life and we can’t always get what we want. I say lets be happy with what we did accomplish and come back for more. I have a good feeling about next season.

Football Dad

December 17th, 2013
5:41 pm

I’m sure some of these kids are good. But I see some names that wouldn’t make second team middle school. You coaches need to stop your favoritism.

Football Dad

December 17th, 2013
5:43 pm

Any other team and Rico Tilley would have been one of the top backs in the state.

lovejoy fan

December 17th, 2013
9:32 pm

Why dont you stop crying over these kids that made there names on here and be happy for them . Always trying to down kids .preston is good so stop being jealous ,your backs was good ,your defense were good . Next year these other kids should shine .be proud for your team or stop acting like your a lovejoy fan because you sound fake

Johnny Too Good

December 18th, 2013
7:50 am

If you havent watched extensive film on every team in the region then you cannot say who deserves to be on the list. The coaches are inside the game, thats why they get to decide who makes what. All you armchair coaches go watch ESPN


December 18th, 2013
11:12 am

@lovejoy fan you’re so correct!! Congratulations to all the kids that made the list!!!

j man

December 22nd, 2013
8:50 am

Dax Tolson led the county in tackles – how is he not first team?