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All-region teams: Monroe’s Stafford named player of the year in 1-AAAA

Here is the all-region team for 1-AAAA, as chosen by the league’s coaches:

Player of the year: Charles Stafford, Monroe

Offensive player of the year: Jeremiah Hill, Cairo

Defensive player of the year: Trenton Thompson, Westover

Coach of the year: Octavia J. Jones Sr., Westover

First-team offense

QB – Johnathan Thomas, Americus-Sumter

RB – Shannon Saunders, Westover

RB – Wesley Fields, Americus

WR – Landon Whitman, Crisp County

WR – Emmanuel Davis, Monroe

WR – Ricardo Sloan, Dougherty

OL – Richard Walker, Cairo

OL – Henry Battle, Americus-Sumter

OL – Tyler Sheppard, Cairo

OL – Johnathan Leverette, Americus-Sumter

OL – Jeff Bradley, Worth

ATH – Jaelon Benjamin, Westover

OL – Breon King, Crisp County

First-team defense

DL – Andre Hadley, Cairo

DL – Brenten Wimberly, Westover

DL – Tim McCray, Monroe

DL – Elijah Johnson, Crisp County

LB – Antravious Parks, Westover

LB – Jawon Young, Albany

LB – Marcus Gaines, Cairo

LB – Antonio Leroy, Monroe

DB – Jysanti Richardson, Westover

DB – …

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All-region teams: Westside, Veterans, Mary Persons take top honors in 2-AAAA

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

Offensive player of the year: Deqavius Walker, Westside, Sr.

Defensive player of the year: Cortez Broughton, Veterans, Sr.

All-purpose player of the year: Akebren Ralls, Mary Persons, Sr.

Scholar-athlete of the year: Thomas Lowery, Mary Persons, Sr.

Coach of the year: David Bruce, Veterans

First-team offense

QB – Tajihea Chambers, Baldwin, Jr.

RB – Montez Cheney, Rutland, Sr.

RB – Kentavious Thomas, Baldwin, Jr.

TE – Chris Watts, Veterans, Sr.

WR – Jacari Mann, Westside, Sr.

WR – Shakenneth Williams, Rutland, Sr.

WR – Brandon Goodman, Baldwin, Jr.

OL – Trent Payne, Veterans, Sr.

OL – Jamal Green, West Laurens, Sr.

OL – Randall Grier, Rutland, Sr.

OL – Cody Doolittle, Howard, Sr.

OL – Sam Watson, Mary Persons, Sr.

First-team defense

DL – Demarcus Davis, Mary Persons, Jr.

DL – Marquise Franklin, Veterans, Sr.

DL – Raekwon Eppers, Westside, Sr.

DL – Janarian Lowe, Howard, Sr.

LB – Will Nobles, Veterans, …

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All-region teams: Wayne County’s Sanders takes top honors in 3-AAAA Div. A

Here is the all-region team for 3-AAAA Div. A, as chosen by the league’s coaches:

Player of the year: WR Krenwick Sanders, Wayne County, Sr.

Offensive player of the year: QB Malique Jackson, Wayne County, Sr.

Defensive player of the year: LB Raekwon McMillan, Liberty County, Sr.

Special teams player of the year: Richard Lecounte, Liberty County, Fr.

First-team offense

QB – Jordan Waters, Liberty County, Sr.

QB – Collin Chance, Statesboro, Sr.

WR – Cameron Brown, Wayne County, Sr.

WR – Tyler Hagan, South Effingham, Sr.

WR – Freddie McSwain, Liberty County, Sr.

WR – Joe Corless, Statesboro, Sr.

RB – Anfernee Jordan, Wayne County, Jr.

RB – Sherrodric Rawls, Statesboro, Sr.

RB – Trentice Williams, Liberty County, Sr.

RB – Patrick Brown, South Effingham, So.

TE – Jeremy Caldwell-Fabregas, Liberty County, Sr.

OL – Tyler Smith, South Effingham, Sr.

OL – Kharn Collier-Ellison, Liberty County, Sr.

OL – Dustin Sloan, Wayne County, Sr.

OL – Jordan Padgett, Wayne County, Sr.

OL – John …

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All-region teams: Myles, Rowe, Bentley voted best in 6-AAAA Div. B

Here is the all-region team for 6-AAAA Div. B, as chosen by the league’s coaches:

Coach of the year: Darren Myles Sr., Carver

Offensive player of the year: RB/WR Antanvoius Rowe, Washington, Sr.

Defensive player of the year: LB Quentis Bentley, Carver, Sr.

First-team offense

QB – Jordan Holden, Carver-Atlanta, Sr.

RB – Charlie Patrick, Carver-Atlanta, Jr.

RB – Jalen White, Banneker, Sr.

RB – Hakeem Todd, Grady, Sr.

WR – Quonderious Lee, Banneker, Sr.

WR – Jahmmir Taylor, Banneker, Sr.

WR – Tevish Clark, Carver-Atlanta, Sr.

TE – Aaron Cochran, Grady, Jr.

OL – Christian Avery, Washington, Jr.

OL – Jeremiah Abby, Carver-Atlanta, So.

OL – Tameron Colbert, Banneker, Sr.

OL – Xavier Walker, Grady, Sr.

OL – Quantavious Swanson, Grady, Sr.

ATH – Issiah Jenkins, Grady, Sr.

P – Kentavious Taylor, Washington, Jr.

LS – Artis Grier, Carver-Atlanta, Jr.

First-team defense

DL – Demarcus Colbert, Carver-Atlanta, Sr.

DL – Torez Dixon, Grady, Sr.

DL – Horace Roberts Jr., Banneker, Jr.

DL – …

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All-region teams: Columbia’s Brown top offensive player in 6-AAAA Div. A

Here is the all-region team for 6-AAAA Div. A, as chosen by the league’s coaches:

Best all-around offensive player: Andre Brown, Columbia

Best all-around defensive player: Hasan Enis, Druid Hills

First-team offense

QB – Cordelral Cook, Stone Mountain

QB – Rico Bruton, Lithonia

RB – Marcus Miller, Marist

RB – Cameron Black, Redan

WR – Shaddell Bell, Columbia

WR – Jacquaun Golden, Stone Mountain

TE – Jaquez Johnson, Redan

G – Terrone Prescod, Columbia

G – Deonte Davis, Lithonia

C – John Simoneaux, Marist

T – Sean McVay, Marist

T – Tyqueze Walker, Druid Hills

First-team defense

DE – Kendall Baker, Marist

DE – Domonique Bowden, Lithonia

DT – Kenneth Brinson, Marist

DT – Chris Jones, Columbia

LB – Darrell Fambro, Chamblee

LB – D J Wallace, Lithonia

LB – Dax Tolson, Druid Hills

CB – Trey Oates, Marist

CB – Malik Jones, Chamblee

S – Arlonzo Simpson, Stone Mountain

S – Khaylan Williams, Lithonia

First-team special teams

P – Ben Wheallen, Druid Hills

PK – Joey Gogol, Marist

LS – Matt …

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All-region teams: Chubb named 7-AAAA player of the year

Here is the all-region team for 7-AAAA, as chosen by the league’s coaches:

Player of the year: Nick Chubb, Cedartown, Sr.

Offensive player of the year: Shannon Brooks, Pickens, Jr.

Defensive player of the year: Isaiah Mack, NW Whitfield, Sr.

Special teams player of year: Miguel Villa, NW Whitfield, Sr.

Co-athlete of the year: Eder Mora, Dalton, Jr.

Co-athlete of the year: Tevin McDaniel, NW Whitfield, Sr.

Coach of the year: Wesley Tankersley, Gilmer

First-team offense

QB – Caleb Shiflett, NW Whitfield, Jr.

QB – Tanner Brumby, Pickens, Sr.

RB – Kelvis Rhodes, Dalton, Jr.

RB – Johnie Flakes, Gilmer, Sr.

FB – Tyler Bertolini, Gilmer, Sr.

WR – Israel Battle, Cedartown, Sr.

WR – Tevin McDaniel, NW Whitfield, Sr.

WR – Andy Whisenant, NW Whitfield, Sr.

TE – Chase Westfall, Dalton, Jr.

OL – Jake Roberts, Dalton, Sr.

OL – Drake Eddy, Cass, Sr.

OL – James Egan, River Ridge, Sr.

OL – Jake Ingram, Gilmer, Jr.

OL – Tyler Prewett, Cedartown, Sr.

K – Manny Lopez, Gilmer, Sr.

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Griffin 25, Wayne County 20

By Ricky Dimon

Score Atlanta

Griffin scored 19 unanswered points following a 14-6 halftime deficit to overcome Wayne County. The visiting Yellow Jackets went ahead with a touchdown pass from Malique Jackson to A.J. McGill and a scoring run by Anfernee Jordan. Griffin responded when Anforne Stroud returned an interception for a touchdown before Jaquez Parks sealed the deal for the Bears thanks to a 2-yard scoring run and a touchdown pass to Trey Willis.

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AAAA roundup

By Score Atlanta

Carrollton 24, Stockbridge 14: The visiting Trojans managed just 195 yards, all on the ground, but did enough to advance to the semifinals for the first time since 2010. Carrollton quarterback Wil Garrett attempted just one pass, which was intercepted. Jarvis Terrell led Carrollton on the ground with 86 yards including a 44-yard touchdown run late in the fourth quarter.

Marist 42, Burke County 20: Visiting Marist rushed for 427 yards, including 258 in the first half, and did not attempt a pass. The War Eagles scored less than a minute into the game on a run by quarterback Chase Martenson and led 21-13 at the half. Martenson scored four times, including a 55-yard run early in the third quarter, and Marcus Miller scored twice. Marist did not punt.

Wayne County 51, Alexander 21: Wide receiver Krenwick Sanders scored four touchdowns (three receiving and one rushing) for host Wayne County. A.J. McGill and Anfernee Jordan added rushing scores for Wayne County, and …

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Playoff preview: Class AAAA quarterfinals

Griffin at Sandy Creek

When, where: 7:30 p.m. Friday, The Battlefield, Tyrone

Records, rankings: Griffin is 12-0, the No. 1 seed from Region 4 and No. 2; Sandy Creek is 11-0-1, the No. 1 seed from Region 5 and No. 1.

Last meeting: Sandy Creek won 22-15 in the 2009 Class AAAA semifinals.

Three things to know: 1. This will be the third time this season that a No. 1 team has faced a No. 2 team (AJC rankings). Sandy Creek beat Carrollton 24-7 on Nov. 1. In AAAAA, Tucker beat Stephenson 31-28 on Oct. 11. Other polls had Lovett at No. 1 and Greater Atlanta Christian at No. 2 when Lovett won 17-14 on Nov. 8. The No. 1 team won all of those games. 2. Sandy Creek won its 14th consecutive home playoff game last week with a 55-7 victory over Chestatee. QB Cole Garvin was 9-of-9 passing for 139 yards and went over 2,000 yards passing on the season (2,035). RB Eric Swinney rushed for 106 yards and three touchdowns (giving him 22 on the season) on just six carries. Swinney and teammate …

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Class AAAA roundup

By Score Atlanta

Burke County 20, Mary Persons 0: Burke County’s strong ground game and tenacious defense was the key factor for the Bears. The Bears rushed for 288 yards with Donquell Green tallying 114 yards and a touchdown. Additional rushing scores came from Reginald Grubbs and Donqual Young. Burke County’s defense held Mary Persons in check with just 79 yards passing.

Carrollton 44, Monroe Area 27: The visiting Trojans took down the Purple Hurricanes behind Jarvis Terrell, who rushed for 157 yards on 11 carries and found the endzone twice. Quarterback Wil Garrett threw for 99 yards and two touchdowns on 5-of-11 passing and also ran for 84 yards on nine carries. The Trojans had 360 yards rushing and enjoyed a 459-446 edge in total offense. The difference in the game was the penalty yardage, where the Purple Hurricanes were penalized for 96 yards and the Trojans only 10 yards.

Griffin 42, Statesboro 7: The host Bears used a strong performance from their defense to move …

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Sandy Creek 63, Cedartown 10

By S. Thomas Coleman
For the AJC

The Sandy Creek defense did more than tug on Superman’s cape.  The Patriots yanked it off and stepped on it.

The defending Class AAAA champions dominated Cedartown (9-2) and All State running back Nick Chubb from start to finish in a 63-10 blowout Friday night at the Battlefield in Tyrone.

Sandy Creek (10-0-1) held Chubb out of the end zone for the first time this season, and limited him to just 71 yards on 19 carries. In fact, the Patriots led 21-0 before Chubb even had his first carry of the game, thanks to Javon Jackson’s 82-yard return of the opening kickoff for a touchdown, a 30-yard touchdown run by Delvin Weems on the first play from scrimmage after Cedartown fumbled the ensuing kickoff, and a two-play 81-yard touchdown drive – after holding Cedartown to a three-and-out – that featured a 57-yard pass from quarterback Cole Garvin to receiver Damarre Kitt and a 24-yard touchdown run by Eric Swinney.

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From 0-3 to region champs: Turning point for Veterans

By David Purdum / For the AJC

Veterans High School lost its first three games by a combined score of 93-30. Having never experienced a winning season the program’s first three years, the Warhawks could have easily gone into a downward spiral after the 0-3 start.

Instead, Veterans won the Region 2-AAAA title.

The turning point came in Week 4, said coach David Bruce. Veterans had an 11-7 lead over then-No. 10 Westside and was setting up for a field goal with two seconds left in the first half. Westside blocked the kick, however, and returned it for a go-ahead touchdown.

“That was the kind of thing that previously would have sunk us,” said Bruce. “But this year, we talked at halftime about overcoming adversity. Sure enough, we take that third-quarter kickoff and take it all the way down the field and score. We didn’t look back from there. That was the turning point, to me, when our kids realized that we can play with good teams and beat good teams.”

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‘Don’t know if we’re the favorites, but we’re the defending champs’

Two weeks ago, No. 1 Sandy Creek trailed upstart Alexander with six minutes to go in the fourth quarter.  It was the first time they had trailed in the fourth quarter since last season’s quarterfinal playoff game against Burke County.

The Patriots didn’t panic then and didn’t panic against Alexander, rallying for two late touchdowns to remain unbeaten.

Now, the question is – Will the top-ranked Patriots panic this week, if they fall behind at No. 2 Carrollton in a huge game to decide the Region 5-AAAA championship?

“They’re a good team, and they’re going to make some plays,” Sandy Creek coach Chip Walker said about Carrollton.  “Our kids have to understand that. You don’t play in these type games, and they go exactly like you drew it up.”

Sandy Creek won last season’s meeting convincingly, 30-7. But there’s a feeling that the Patriots haven’t lived up to expectations this season. Some believe Sandy Creek isn’t even the favorite heading into …

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AAAA roundup

By Score Atlanta

Carrollton 63, Alexander 21: The visiting Trojans scored on their first seven possessions and took a 49-7 halftime lead. Carrollton rushed for 325 yards and had four different rushers account for six scores. Trey Chivers rushed seven times for 105 yards and a score while Jarvis Terrell had 13 carries for 92 yards.

Cedartown 54, Cass 28: Georgia-commitment Nick Chubb rushed for 275 yards and four touchdowns on 29 carries for Cedartown. The Bulldogs led 41-21 at the half as Chubb had 219 yards and three touchdowns.

Jonesboro 37, Riverdale 27: The visiting Cardinals got off to a great start with an 80-yard kickoff return for a touchdown by Artemus Mitchell. Mitchell scored later on a 15-yard run to give Jonesboro a 2-score advantage. Octavious Troutman caught a 30-yard touchdown pass off of a botched field goal attempt to give Jonesboro a 23-13 halftime lead.

Lanier 31, Stephens County 14: The host Longhorns used a strong ground game to move one step closer to …

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AAAA roundup

By Score Atlanta

Carrollton 52, Shaw 7: Carrollton rushed for 275 yards and five scores. Malik Sheppard rushed for 98 yards and two scores and Trey Chivers had 74 yards and two scores for the Trojans. Carrollton led 38-7 at the half. The Trojans held Shaw to just two third-down conversions in 10 attempts.

Chestatee 20, Lanier 17 (2OT): In a thrilling double-overtime game, the visiting War Eagles followed a Lanier field goal with a Wyatt Burgess 3-yard touchdown run. The War Eagles’ special teams sent the game to overtime when Will Fayson returned a blocked punt 15 yards for a touchdown with four minutes to play. Disaster was averted in the first overtime when Khalil Cantrell recovered a ball fumbled on the goal line for a touchdown.

Griffin 55, North Clayton 14: Jaquez Parks completed 11-of-14 passes for 272 yards and three touchdowns. He also rushed for 108 yards with three scores. Running back Malik Miller rushed for 57 yards on seven carries with two touchdowns. The …

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