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Tuesday December 16, 2014

Spotlight: Championship Game Coaches

11 players who stood out in the finals

Mount Paran Christian's Dorian Walker had the most impressive individual performance statistically in the state championships over the weekend at the Georgia Dome.


The senior running back rushed for 215 yards and three touchdowns as the Eagles rolled to a 49-7 victory over Eagle's Landing Christian in the Class A private-school final. Only 10 players have had more yards rushed in a championship game in finals history.


The championship was the first for Mount Paran and the first for a Cobb County-based team since Marietta in 1967. The victory also made Mount Paran the first team in Cobb history to record an undefeated season.


There were other outstanding performances in the finals, as well. Not all of them were accompanied by the eye-popping statistics that Walker had, and some even came in losing causes.


Here are 10 more players who stood out on the biggest stage:


*Micah Abernathy (Greater Atlanta Christian): The senior running back/defensive back and teammate Darius Slayton accounted for almost all of GAC's total yardage in its 45-21 loss to Benedictine in the Class AA final. Abernathy had 193 yards rushing, scored the Spartans' first two touchdowns on runs of 58 and 9 yards and caught a 21-yard pass. He also had two solo tackles, an assist and a fumble recovery on defense. Slayton had 102 receiving yards on five catches and 111 yards on four kickoff returns. Abernathy, who is ranked as the No. 20 prospect in Georgia and the nation's No. 21 cornerback in the 247Sports Composite ratings, has committed to Tennessee.


*Asahnia Aderhold (Mays): The senior quarterback completed only 14 of 34 passes, but those numbers don't accurately reflect how well he played, particularly early, during the Raiders' 25-18 loss to Northside of Warner Robins in the Class AAAAA final. Aderhold was 10-for-19 for 207 yards in the first half as Mays built an 18-7 lead. He threw two touchdown passes to Randrecous Davis (76 and 29 yards) and another to Tyshawn Brown (19 yards) for 18 consecutive points after Northside had taken a 7-0 lead. Aderhold finished with 290 yards passing to give him 2,111 for the season. Davis had six catches for 158 yards, almost half as much yardage as he had for the season (337) coming into the game.


*Aaron Auer (Buford): It's not easy to put up big numbers for a Buford team that crushes its opponents and uses a lot of players in the process, but the senior wide receiver managed to do it in the Wolves' 55-10 victory over St. Pius in the Class AAAA final. Auer finished with four receptions for 126 yards and two touchdowns. His 39-yard reception from receiver Brandon Marsh gave the Wolves the lead for good at 14-10 late in the first quarter, and he added a 60-yard TD catch from QB Luke Humphrey in the third quarter. Auer came into the game with 16 receptions for 272 yards and two touchdowns for the season on a team that gets about 75 percent of its offense from the running game.


*A.J. Gray (Washington County): Gray, one of the leading candidates for state player of the year, put up his usual big numbers in the Golden Hawks' 27-20 loss to Calhoun in the Class AA final. He had 122 yards and two touchdowns rushing and 142 yards passing, giving him 4,168 yards of total offense and 60 combined TDs for the season. He also led the team with five tackles. But it was a play in the fourth quarter for which he did not get credit that Washington County fans probably will remember the most. Gray appeared to have interception that would have stopped a Calhoun drive that had reached midfield, but it was ruled an incomplete pass. Calhoun scored the winning touchdown four plays later.


*Sihiem King (Colquitt County): The senior running back has a knack for coming up with big performances when they're needed the most, and he showed that again in the Packers' 28-24 victory over Archer in the Class AAAAAA final. Although his 125 rushing yards were far from a season high, 103 of those yards came on the two most important drives of the game. King carried seven times for 54 yards and a touchdown on an 80-yard drive late in the first half that gave Colquitt County the lead for good at 21-17. He also carried on nine consecutive plays on the Packers' final drive, picking up 49 yards and three first downs and enabling his team to run the final 4:48 off the clock.


*Tobias Oliver (Northside): Mays held Northside running back Willie Jordan to his second-fewest yards of the season (73 yards on 24 carries) and kept him from scoring a touchdown for just the second time, so it was up to Oliver to get things going after Northside trailed 18-7 at halftime in the Class AAAAA final. The sophomore quarterback rushed for 120 yards in the second half and a season-best 152 overall and threw a 70-yard touchdown pass to Nate Greene in the third quarter that got Northside within 18-14. Oliver's 47-yard touchdown run with 8:31 remaining provided the winning points in a 25-18 victory. He finished the season with 1,327 yards passing and 906 yards rushing.


*Kaelan Riley (Calhoun): The junior quarterback was right on his season averages when he passed for 164 yards and ran for 61 in the Yellow Jackets' 27-20 victory over Washington County in the Class AAA final. Riley threw a 7-yard touchdown pass to Cole Jackson in the first quarter that tied the game 7-7 and scored on an 18-yard run in the third quarter that gave Calhoun a 20-17 lead. His biggest value, however, was his ability to keep the chains moving. Calhoun was 7-for-11 on third-down conversions. That included four pass completions and a 10-yard run by Riley, who finished the season with 2,509 yards passing and 762 yards rushing.


*Dylan Singleton (Archer): The junior running back/defensive back did a little bit of everything for Archer, which lost to Colquitt County 28-24 in the Class AAAAAA final. He scored all three of the Tigers' touchdowns on a 55-yard reception and runs of 4 and 22 yards. He was the team's second-leading rusher with 45 yards on six carries (he had just 302 yards rushing for the season coming into the game), caught two passes for 51 yards and returned a punt 8 yards to finish with 104 all-purpose yards. On defense, Singleton had three assists and a team-leading 11 solo tackles to finish second on the team in tackles for the season.


*Brad Stewart (Benedictine): Perhaps no player had more of an impact on a championship game than the Cadets' senior wide receiver/defensive back had in Benedictine's 45-21 victory over Greater Atlanta Christian in the Class AA final. Stewart finished with just four receptions but had 150 yards and made a 29-yard TD catch on which he out-jumped two GAC defenders for the ball before landing in the front corner of the end zone. He also had a 34-yard reception that led to a field goal and a 74-yard catch that set up a touchdown in the Cadets' 30-point first half. Defensively, while covering GAC's talented group of receivers, Stewart came up with two interceptions, one of which he returned 32 yards.


*Keyshun Wright (Hawkinsville): The senior lineman was among Hawkinsville's leading tacklers all season, and he came up with one last memorable performance in the Red Devils' 15-6 victory over Irwin County in the Class A public-school final. Wright had eight solo tackles and five assists for a team-leading 10.5 total tackles. He also had a key part in the game-turning play, teaming with Matthew Money to tackle Irwin County's Cartavion Benyard in the end zone for a safety on the second-half kickoff, giving the Red Devils the lead for good at 8-6. Hawkinsville gave up just 7.3 points per game for the season and didn't allow more than 14 in any game.

All-Region, All-Area Teams

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Coach of the year: Dave Svehla, Etowah

Offensive player of the year: WR Andrew Harris, Cherokee

Defensive player of the year: LB Quarte Sapp, Milton


First-team offense

QB - Spencer Ashley, Cherokee

QB - Justin Agner, Woodstock

RB - Micco Brisker, Milton

RB - Raishod Devezin, Etowah

RB - Sheldon Evans, Roswell

WR - Carson Day, Pope

WR - Obe Fortune, Milton

WR - Pearson VanHorn, Lassiter

WR - Reagan Amos, Woodstock

TE - Sam Letton, Walton

OL - Ernest Dye, Milton

OL - Forrest Evans, Walton

OL - Max Kemper, Pope

OL - Brad Morgan, Etowah

OL - Nick Searcy, Etowah

OL - Nick Wilson, Milton

ATH - Brittain Brown, Cherokee

K - Ethan Suda, Milton


First-team defense

DL - Mike Collins, Milton

DL - Tyrone Hopper, Roswell

DL - Marty Horan, Milton

DL - Scott Morgan, Etowah

DL - Blaine Miller, Etowah

DL - Nick Steinhaus, Milton

LB - Michael Bean, Cherokee

LB - Garrett Eldred, Walton

LB - Charlie Fault, Milton

LB - Tre' Lamar, Roswell

LB - Jacob Schoeb, Woodstock

DB - Daz Brewer, Wheeler

DB - Stuart Head, Etowah

DB - Shakur Jackson, Roswell

DB - Lucas Nedza, Milton

DB - Ryan Roegge, Walton

P - Mitchell Wasson, Lassiter


Second-team offense

QB - Russell Aarons, Lassiter

QB - James Whitaker, Roswell

RB - KK Brooks, Walton

RB - Tyray Devezin, Etowah

RB - DeAnt'e Robinson, Woodstock

WR - Harland Howell, Wheeler

WR - Josh Loud, Woodstock

TE - Mike Kemper, Pope

OL - David Blain, Roswell

OL - Travis Head, Cherokee

OL - Matt Jones, Pope

OL - Cole Ramaekers, Roswell

OL - Alex Smith, Etowah

ATH - Benaiah Franklin, Wheeler

ATH - Stanley Logue, Etowah

K - Dubiel, Gary, Cherokee


Second-team defense

DL - Daniel Benitez, Woodstock

DL - Jamori Fox, Cherokee

DL - Jacob Harvey, Cherokee

DL - Brandon Reibly, Etowah

DL - Jason Rooks, Walton

DL - Cameron Whiteman, Roswell

LB - Caleb Barden-Street, Etowah

LB - Sam DiRoberto, Roswell

LB - Alan Michael Harris, Etowah

LB - Amani Parker, Walton

LB - Cory Long, Woodstock

DB - Elijah Brown, Wheeler

DB - Asher Davis, Cherokee

DB - Tyray Devezin, Etowah

DB - Rodney Dorcemont, Roswell

DB - Michael Gordon, Wheeler


Honorable mention: ATH Bronson Rechsteiner, Etowah; DB Eric Monroe, Woodstock; DB Jack Carroll, Cherokee; DB Sharrone Gates, Woodstock; DB Taquar Stewart, Walton; DB AJ Beach, Milton; DB Cory Burdett, Etowah; DB Devyn Wilkins, Milton; DB Jordan Parisian, Milton; DL Clark Price, Walton; DL Dwayne Tiller, Cherokee; DL Isaiah Hawkins, Milton; DL Luis Vela, Pope; DT Ryan Kaio, Etowah; LB DJ Breedlove, Wheeler; LB Griffin Moon, Cherokee; LB Joey Goodman, Walton; LB Kyle Woyce, Pope; LB Macen Bailey, Cherokee; LB Sage Jordan, Woodstock; LB Scott Simons, Roswell; OL Jared Lyons, Roswell; OL Jordan Townsend, Cherokee; OL Leighton Weatherby, Milton; OL Matt Plantko, Woodstock; OL Matthew Pittarelli, Pope; OL Max Moorman, Milton; OL Noah Nutter, Milton; OL Tyler Perry, Milton; OL Will Staplefeldt, Roswell; QB Austin Mcleod, Milton; QB Josh White, Walton; QB Robbie Knox, Etowah; RB Chris Turner, Milton; RB Jacobi Green, Wheeler; SS Marcelino Ball, Roswell; TE Davis Pigeon, Walton; TE Jake English, Milton; WR Bayley Wolf, Walton; WR Benaiah Franklin, Wheeler; WR Colton Rozanske, Cherokee; WR Garrett Atkinson, Woodstock; WR Kendrick Jackson, Roswell; WR Micah Grigsby, Lassiter; WR Myles Blouin, Roswell; WR Patrick Burke, Pope



Coach of the year: Franklin Stephens, Ware County

Offensive player of the year: Tyree Paulk, Coffee, Sr.

Defensive player of the year: Rosheen Collins, Ware County, Sr.

Special teams player of the year: Anthony Fussell, Coffee, Sr.

Athlete of the year: Adrian Cross, Glynn Academy, Sr.


First-team offense

QB - Zach Lamper, Glynn Academy, Sr.

RB - Ronnie Harris, Richmond Hill, Sr.

RB - Nieem Bartley, Effingham County, Sr.

RB - Patrick Brown, South Effingham, Jr.

TE - Jalen Wilkerson, Coffee, Sr.

P - Seth Carroll, Glynn Academy, Sr.

PK - Austin Lord, Coffee, Sr.

WR - Ashton King, Effingham County, Sr.

WR - Juhwan Osborn, Statesboro, Sr.

WR - Shawn Smith, Brunswick, So.

WR - Deejay Dallas, Glynn Academy, So.

OL - Cole Minshew, Coffee, Sr.

OL - Benaiah Everett, Ware County, Sr.

OL - Caleb Branham, Richmond Hill, Sr.

OL - Brannen Wilson, Effingham County, Sr.

OL - Frank Ferrell, Glynn Academy, Jr.


First-team defense

DL - Cordarro Stoute, Glynn Academy, Sr.

DL - Brandon Jenkins, South Effingham, Sr.

DL - Joseph Hall, Statesboro, Sr.

DL - Steven Wright, Ware County, Sr.

DL - Undray Heller, Coffee, So.

LB - Jay Lott, Coffee, Sr.

LB - Robbie Garvin, Effingham County, Sr.

LB - Greg Horne, South Effingham, Sr.

LB - Rickey Lee, Statesboro, Sr.

LB - Davonnis Johnson, Ware County, Sr.

LB - Laban Faulk, Ware County, Sr.

DB - Dusty Baker, Effingham County, Jr.

DB - J'cKenzie Walker, Coffee, Jr.

DB - Sammy Burley, Ware County, Sr.

DB - Raekwon Chatman, Ware County, Sr.


Second-team offense

QB - Randon Jernigan, Brunswick, Fr.

RB - Lacarvious Sears, Coffee, Sr.

RB - Jarvis Belcher, Ware County, Sr.

RB - Demetrius Davis, Coffee, So.

TE - Kesean Sims, Ware County, Sr.

P - Jake Dangerfield, Effingham County, Jr.

PK - Tom Ethridge, Ware County, Sr.

WR - Jake Elliott, South Effingham, Sr.

WR - A J Jackson, Brunswick, Sr.

WR - Troy Rogers, Glynn Academy, Sr.

WR - Ken Walker, Coffee, Sr.

OL - K J Jones, Coffee, Sr.

OL - Jon Zelner, Richmond Hill, Sr.

OL - Justin Nguyen, Ware County, Sr.

OL - Dantae Demery, Brunswick, So.

OL - Rashaad Berry, Bradwell Institute, So.


Second-team defense

DL - Chris Cowart, Brunswick, Sr.

DL - Terrance Dukes, Ware County, Sr.

DL - Cam Davis, Coffee, Jr.

DL - Dester Roberson, Glynn Academy, Jr.

DL - Jeremy Word, Richmond Hill, Jr.

LB - James Burke, Coffee, Sr.

LB - Garrison Hurd, Glynn Academy, Jr.

LB - Isiah Barnes, Bradwell Institute, Sr.

LB - A J Vandergrift, Richmond Hill, Sr.

LB - Derrick Mills, Ware County, Jr.

DB - Brant Garrett, Coffee, Sr.

DB - Tommy Washington, Richmond Hill, Sr.

DB - Darrius Lampkin, Brunswick, Sr.

DB - Carlos Pickett, Brunswick, Sr.


Honorable mention: QB Phillip Brown, Effingham County, Jr.; RB Chris Swinson, Coffee, Sr.; RB Mahlon Williams, Statesboro, Jr.; TE Caleb Johnson, Ware County, Sr.; WR Tray Bryant, Coffee, Jr.; WR Josh Johnson, Ware County, Sr.; WR Lashawn Clark, Glynn Academy, Sr.; WR Jake Anderson, Effingham County, Sr.; OL Bud Stone, Coffee, Sr.; OL Pierce Lewis, Richmond Hill, Sr.; OL Mike Williams, Glynn Academy, Sr.; OL Blaine Harper, Ware County, Sr.; OL Jackson Gibbs, Brunswick, Sr.; DL Telvin Holmes, Effingham County, Sr.; DL Darryl Hawkins, Bradwell Institute, Sr.; DL Stephen Greene, Bradwell Institute, Sr.; DL Brandon Maple, Statesboro, Sr.; DL Keenan Wilcox, Brunswick, Sr.; DL Zeke Mattox, Coffee, Jr.; DL Tye Bailey, Coffee, Jr.; DL Anthony Washington, Glynn Academy, Sr.; DL Jack Terry, Glynn Academy, Sr.; LB Damion Harrell, Coffee, Sr.; LB Matthew Bowen, Effingham County, Jr.; LB Preston Joseph, Glynn Academy, So.; LB Hunter Hall, Glynn Academy, Fr.; LB Shaun Maschino, Bradwell Institute, Sr.; LB C J Este, Bradwell Institute, Sr.; LB Erwin Ward, Ware County, Jr.; DB E J Harris, Coffee, Jr.; DB William Powell, Richmond Hill, Sr.; DB Martial Washington, Richmond Hill, Jr.; DB Demonte Lee, Effingham County, Fr.; DB QuayShawn Taylor, Ware County, Sr.


3-A East

Player of the year: RB/LB Robert Heyward, Calvary Day, Sr.

Offensive player of the year: QB Cornelius Taylor, Claxton, Sr.

Special teams/athlete of the year: PK/P/WR Colton Lichtenberg, Sr.

Defensive player of the year: LB Trent Thomas, Portal, Sr.


First-team offense

QB - Travis Bonner, Jenkins County, Jr.

RB - Wade Benton, Savannah Christian, Sr.

RB - Nick Batemen, Savannah Christian, Sr.

RB - Zach Grant, Claxton, Sr.

OL - Hunter Jiran, Savannah Christian, Sr.

OL - Jacob Mock, Calvary Day, Sr.

OL - Juwan Watkins, Jenkins County, Sr.

OL - Ike McGee, Jenkins County, Sr.

OL - DJ Brewton, Claxton, Jr.

OL - William Gomples, Savannah Country Day, Jr.

OL - Deontay Mincey, Claxton, Sr.

OL - Ryan Ellenwood, Calvary Day, Sr.

TE - Jake Lee, Savannah Country Day, Jr.

WR - Jeremiah Mercer, Calvary Day, Sr.

WR - Tyler Arnold, Savannah Christian, Sr.

WR - Darvis Small, Claxton, Jr.

PK - Colton Lichtenberg, Savannah Country Day, Sr.


First-team defense

DL - Alex Herndon, Calvary Day, Jr.

DL - JT Mertz, Savannah Christian, Sr.

DL - Marty Chapel, Claxton, Sr.

DL - Cam Green, Savannah Country Day, Jr.

DE - Tyrone Riley, Calvary Day, Sr.

DE - Tydre Lee, Jenkins County, Sr.

LB - Javon Green, Savannah Christian, Sr.

LB - Brent Sanders, Calvary Day, Jr.

LB - DeAndre Gaines, Jenkins County, Sr.

LB - Darnell Williams, Claxton, Jr.

DB - AJ Keene, Calvary Day, Sr.

DB - Tyler Kilgore, Calvary Day, Sr.

DB - Demetris Robertson, Savannah Christian, Jr.

DB - Alonzo Evans, Jenkins County, Sr.

P - Dakota Tillman, Claxton, Sr.


Second-team offense

QB - Hunter Hatley, Savannah Country Day, Jr.

RB - Tevin Turner, Claxton, Sr.

RB - Malik Williams, Portal, Jr.

RB - Tyler Washington, Jenkins County, So.

OL - Jonathon Coates, Calvary Day, Jr.

OL - David Scroggin, Calvary Day, Jr.

OL - Alex Carmoega, Savannah Christian, Sr.

OL - Parker Singletary, Savannah Christian, Jr.

OL - Zach Quinney, Savannah Christian, So.

OL - Andre Dixon, Jenkins County, Jr.

OL - Michael Keene, Savannah Country Day, Jr.

OL - Wendell Fields, Claxton, Jr.

TE - Saquan Reese, Jenkins County, Sr.

WR - Ben Haeussler, Savannah Christian, Jr.

WR - Jack Bush, Savannah Christian, Sr.

WR - Will Finch, Jenkins County, Sr.

WR - Brenton Ford, Savannah Country Day, Sr.

PK - Logan Tovar, Savannah Christian, Sr.


Second-team defense

DL - Taquain Washington, Calvary Day, Fr.

DL - Evan Reese, Savannah Christian, Jr.

DL - John Jackson, Savannah Christian, Sr.

DL - Zach White, Portal, Jr.

DE - Josh Imholz, Calvary Day, Sr.

DE - Chase Kirkland, Portal, Sr.

DE - Lester Jackson, Savannah Country Day, So.

LB - Joseph McKinney, Calvary Day, Jr.

LB - Edgar Duran, Claxton, Sr.

LB - Bryce Dunn, Savannah Country Day, So.

LB - Evan Street, Portal, Sr.

DB - Neil McLang, Savannah Christian, So.

DB - Rich Rappa, Calvary Day, Jr.

DB - Charveil McNeal, Portal, So.

DB - Tyjay Lee, Jenkins County, So.

P - Thomas Wells, Calvary Day, So.



Offensive player of the year: Ruben Garnett, Aquinas

Defensive player of the year: Jalen Wade, Lincoln County

Special teams player of the year: Justin Thompson, Aquinas

Coach of the year: James Leonard, Aquinas



QB - Liam Welch, Aquinas, Jr.

QB - Will McCormick, First Presbyterian, Jr.

QB - Montkevius Fluellen, Hancock Central, Sr.

RB - Akeem Jackson, Wilkinson County, So.

RB - Timothy Seals, Warren County, So.

RB - O'Showen Williams, Stratford Academy, Jr.

RB - Austin Devenney, Stratford Academy, Sr.

RB - Reggie Gantt, First Presbyterian, Jr.

RB - Keith Farris, Mount de Sales, Sr.

RB - J.J. Battle, Tattnall Square Academy, Sr.

WR - Andre Tucker, Twiggs County, So.

WR - Kevin Anderson, Wilkinson County, Sr.

WR - Bailey Michael, Mount de Sales, Sr.

WR - Jam Morris, First Presbyterian, Sr.

WR - Daniel Lindsey, Aquinas, Sr.

OL - Parker Williams, Georgia Military, Sr.

OL - Jacquez Redd, Wilkinson County, Sr.

OL - Melvin Alexander, Hancock Central, Sr.

OL - Cole Garrett, Stratford Academy, Sr.

OL - Carter Canady, Stratford Academy, Jr.

OL - Lincoln Leroy, Lincoln County, Sr.

OL - Napoleon Williams, Aquinas, Sr.

OL - Robby Watson, First Presbyterian, Jr.

OL - Palmer Haynes, First Presbyterian, Sr.

OL - Philip Dunn, Tattnall Square Academy, Sr.



DB - Nash Bennett, Aquinas, Sr.

DB - Jonathan Raines, First Presbyterian, Sr.

DB - Aubrien Kemp, Tattnall Square Academy, Jr.

DB - LaKeith Lockhart, Lincoln County, Sr.

DB - Quintez Cephus, Stratford Academy, Jr.

DB - T'challa Lewis, Hancock Central, Sr.

DB - Brandon Davis, Georgia Military, Sr.

LB - Tae Jones, Wilkinson County, Sr.

LB - Jermaine Reynolds, Hancock Central, Sr.

LB - Keondre Strother, Hancock Central, Sr.

LB - Jamere Dean, Warren County, Sr.

LB - Griffin Scott, Aquinas, Sr.

LB - Noah Groover, First Presbyterian, Sr.

LB - Dalton Newman, Tattnall Square Academy, Sr.

LB - Jonathan Ward, Tattnall Square Academy, Sr.

DL - Levi Thompson, Twiggs County, So.

DL - Justin Griffin, Stratford Academy, So.

DL - Tamayus Harper, Hancock Central, Sr.

DL - Jessie Parks, Lincoln County, Jr.

DL - Cole Thomason, First Presbyterian, Sr.

DL - Will Evans, Aquinas, Jr.

DL - Bradley Earls, Tattnall Square Academy, Sr.

DL - Mason Beck, Wilkinson County, Sr.

DL - Devin Hill, Georgia Military, Jr.


Special teams

ATH - Jamar Norman, Lincoln County, Sr.

ATH - T.J. Lowe, Georgia Military, Sr.

ATH - Carson Leatherwood, Mount de Sales, Sr.

ATH - Jermaine Berry, Warren County, Jr.


Gwinnett Touchdown Club

Quarterback of the year: John Urzua, North Gwinnett

Running back of the year: Johnathan Hawkins, Mill Creek

Offensive linemen of the year: Kaleb Kim, Mill Creek; Mitch Hyatt, North Gwinnett

Wide receiver of the year: Major Bellamy, Central Gwinnett

Tight end of the year: Isaac Nauta, Buford

Defensive lineman of the year: Justin Young, Grayson

Linebackers of the year: Mohamed Barry, Grayson; Adonis Terry, Central Gwinnett

Defensive back of the year: Dylan Singleton, Archer

Specialist of the year: Austin McGugan, Grayson

Athlete of the year: Daniel David, Mill Creek


First-team offense

QB - Gabe Tiller, Archer

QB - Chance Thrasher, Peachtree Ridge

RB - Cameryn Brent, Grayson

RB - Tario Fuller, Lanier

WR - Cameron Stewart, Shiloh

WR - Kyle Davis, Archer

WR - Darius Slayton, Greater Atlanta Christian

TE - Daniel Imatorbhebhe, North Gwinnett

OL - Trey Derouen, Parkview

OL - Mitch Hornsby, Archer

OL - Joshua Fannin, Mill Creek

OL - Nick Polino, Buford

OL - Devon Mims, Dacula

K - Brad Harvey, North Gwinnett

KR - Xavier Gantt, Buford


First-team defense

DL - Anree Saint-Amour, North Gwinnett

DL - Derrick Brown, Lanier

DL - Miles Fox, Collins Hill

DL - Bijan Sirleaf, Dacula

LB - Daniel Fennell, Grayson

LB - Tyler Voyles, Mill Creek

LB - Joshua Thomas, Buford

LB - Jakob Brashear, Dacula

DB - Micah Abernathy, GAC

DB - Stefan Ball, Lanier

DB - David Curry, Buford

DB - C.J. Mayes, Dacula

P - Nick Marquez, Brookwood


Second-team offense

QB - Eric Forrest, Central Gwinnett

RB - Jesse Brown, Brookwood

RB - Randy Nails, Archer

WR - Jared Pinkney, Norcross

WR - Chris Shelling, Central Gwinnett

WR - Josh Imatorbhebhe, North Gwinnett

TE - Robert Snyder, Collins Hill

OL - Kendal Wright, Mountain View

OL - Hunter Holland, Buford

OL - Chad Walker, Mill Creek

OL - D'Andre Plantin, Norcross

OL - Steven Hayes, Dacula

K - Eric Autry, Parkview

KR - Kelan Fraise, Dacula


Second-team defense

DL - Dorian Kithcart, Norcross

DL - J.B. Kouassi, Norcross

DL - Robbie Armstrong, Archer

DL - Shug Frazier, Buford

DL - Tomon Fox, Collins Hill

LB - Quinn Miller, Archer

LB - Jordan Jones, Mountain View

LB - Chace Reid, South Gwinnett

LB - Austin Smith, Buford

DB - Kevin Grier, Berkmar

DB - Jordan Hayes, Grayson

DB - Jaye Stackhouse, North Gwinnett

DB - Jeremy McDuffie, Shiloh

P - Kendrew Wynn, Norcross


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Never challenged

Mount Paran Christian this season became the 19th team to beat every opponent by at least 10 points since statewide playoffs began in all classifications in 1948. Here are the 19, with their closest margin of victory on the left.


26 - 1952 Valdosta (13-0) A

21 - 1971 Valdosta (13-0) AAA

19 - 1968 Valdosta (13-0) AAA

16 - 1994 Washington County (15-0) AA

15 - 1961 Carrollton (13-0) A

14 - 2014 Mount Paran Christian (14-0) A

14 - 1956 Monticello (12-0) C

13 - 2002 Thomson (15-0) AAAA

13 - *1997 Brantley County (10-0) AA

13 - 1963 Lincolnton (12-0) C

12 - 1950 West Point (11-0) B

12 - 1949 Cook (12-0) B

11 - 2012 Sandy Creek (15-0) AAAA

11 - 2004 LaGrange (15-0) AAA

11 - 2003 Buford (15-0) AA

11 - 1983 West Rome (15-0) AA

11 - 1961 Coosa (12-0) C

10 - 2013 Buford (15-0) AAA

10 - 1986 Valdosta (15-0) AAAA

*Non-region schedule


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Colquitt County won its first state championship since 1994 when it beat Archer 28-24 in the Class AAAAAA final on Saturday. Who was the coach of the 1994 team? (Answer Wednesday)


Answer to Monday's question: Norcross was the 2013 team that avenged a regular-season loss in the state finals. Norcross beat North Gwinnett for the Class AAAAAA title.