Some players helped themselves with performances at Dome
Greetings. I’m back from vacation. I’d like to say I was extremely refreshed but it wasn’t really that kind of vacation. It’s whatever you call a vacation that includes painting three different rooms in your house. But there was a little rest and relaxation sprinkled in and I’m glad to be back (and through painting).
But enough about me. Football started over the weekend! And not any of that exhibition stuff that doesn’t mean anything. Football with actual consequences commenced with the Corky Kell Classic at the Georgia Dome this past weekend. And there was some pretty good high school football played, by all accounts.
Like last year, Grayson running back Ean Pemberton once again played big in the Corky Kell Classic. (AJC photo by Allen Sullivan)
I hope you saw where our Michael Carvell wrote about five players to keep an eye on at the CKC this past Saturday. To save you a click, his five were Grayson RB Ean Pemberton, Norcross OL Max Garcia, Norcross RB Delino DeShields, Camden County RB Ean Days and Walton OL/DL Kyle Woestmann.
Carvell was spot-on as usual. Pemberton might have qualified for MVP honors of the four-game set if such an award existed. The 5-foot-4 dynamo had 133 yards rushing on 23 carries, including 41 yards in four plays and the game-winning touchdown on the final drive of a 14-10 classic against Camden County. And Woestmann, a Vanderbilt commitment, made arguably the biggest play in Walton’s overtime thriller over Norcross, blocking a point-after attempt that resulted in the final margin. Likewise, Garcia had a good game as the Blue Devils’ offense rolled up big yards. DeShields and Days were shut down by stout defenses. But, hey, it’s not even technically Week One yet.
It’s much easier to look back than forward, so here are five other other performances that should have raised some eyebrows this past Saturday:
- Rajaan Bennett, McEachern: The 5-foot-11, 210-pound running back was one of the biggest stars of the weekend. He rolled up 174 yards rushing and scored four touchdowns (three rushing, one receiving) in the Indians’ 42-32 win over Brookwood. A month ago Bennett told Rivals.com his top four were Kentucky, Vanderbilt, Louisville and East Carolina and he doesn’t currently hold an offer from Georgia or Georgia Tech. That may change.
- Geremy Davis, Norcross: Walton couldn’t cover this 6-foot-2, 192-pound wide receiver, who ended up with 131 yards on five receptions and two touchdowns in a losing effort. Rivals.com considers him a three-star recruit but his only offers so far are Chattanooga, Louisiana-Monroe and Old Dominion. Quarterback Ronald Rose (11-17, 197 yards) did a good job of delivering the football.
- Joey Windler, Walton: Look for the stock of this multi-skilled athlete to rise this season. Rivals.com lists him as a cornerback and Scout.com shows him as a wide receiver but it was as a quarterback that the senior so impressed Saturday night. The 6-foot-2, 180-pounder rushed for 142 yards and three touchdowns and was 5-for-5 passing for the Raiders. He recently visited Ole Miss and went to Appalachian State earlier this summer but he’s also on Georgia Tech’s radar screen.
- LB Terry Williams, Grayson: Defensive tackle Shawn Green gets all the ink for Grayson and deservedly so but the jumbo linebacker Williams is starting to get a lot of notice on his own. The 6-foot, 250-pounder took advantage of the gaps left open by all the attention Green commanded in the interior line to wreak havoc in the Camden County backfield. That was a big reason the Wildcats, who averaged 270 yards rushing a year ago, managed only 114 total yards on Saturday.
- Braden Nolan, Etowah: The senior quarterback (5-11, 180) managed the Eagles’ offense masterfully, completing 9-of-12 passes for 121 yards and a touchdown and rushing for 40 yards on 18 carries and another score as the Region 5-AAAAA defending champs beat Starr’s Mill 21-14.