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Wednesday, September 17, 2014

POY Watch Presented By Rising Seniors Foundation

Sapp, Minter, Waller enter top 10

Up arrowMilton LB Quarte Sapp, Schley County RB/LB Tra Minter and B.E.S.T. Academy RB/QB/DB Deshawn Waller are the three newest members of GHSF Daily's Player of the Year Watch.

 

Sapp, a major Division I prospect, is the ringleader of a defense that has shut down potential region champions Alpharetta (17-10) and Norcross (26-0). Milton (2-0) is ranked No. 6 in Class AAAAAA.

 

Milton defensive coordinator Pete Deweese said Sapp's strength is his versatility. He can cover receivers, blitz and make tackles sideline to sideline.

 

"The linebacker coach for a perennial top-10 [college] defense watched us practice last week and told me flat out that 'I think he will play from day one wherever he ends up. He is too athletic and too smart not to,' " Deweese said.

 

Minter has the best per-game rushing average in the state (280.5) and has scored nine touchdowns in two games,

albeit for a Class A team that will struggle to break .500 this season. Minter also is his team's leading tackler.

 

Waller, another two-way player, had one of the best games of his career for seventh-ranked B.E.S.T. of Class AA. He had 200 yards passing and rushing.

 

The top six in the POY Watch remained the same.

 

1. QB/DB A.J. Gray, Washington County: Gray was 4-for-7 passing for 104 yards and two touchdowns and rushed for 113 yards and two touchdowns in a 42-3 victory over Veterans. On defense, he had three solo tackles and jarred a ball loose from a receiver coming over the middle. On the season, Gray is 27-of-39 passing for 522 yards and five touchdowns. He has rushed for 263 yards. On defense, he has 15 tackles, two for losses, and has returned two interceptions for touchdowns. Washington County (3-0) is ranked No. 1 in Class AAA. Gray is committed to Georgia Tech.

 

2. WR Preston Williams, Lovejoy: Williams had six catches for 163 yards and a touchdown in a 27-24 victory over Hillgrove. His 38-yard TD reception tied the game in the fourth quarter. For the season, Williams has 16 receptions for 389 yards and five touchdowns in fifth-ranked Lovejoy's 3-0 start. Williams also is his team's punter. Rated the No. 3 wide-receiver prospect in the nation, Williams is committed to Tennessee.

 

3. DL Trent Thompson, Westover: Thompson had 14 tackles, five for losses and a sack, in a 31-10 victory over Northside of Columbus. For the season, Thompson has 30 tackles, 12 behind the line, and three sacks for a 2-1 team. Thompson, an AJC Super 11 pick, is the consensus No. 2 recruit in the nation. He is committed to Georgia.

 

4. RB Eric Swinney, Sandy Creek: Swinney rushed for 211 yards and three touchdowns on 31 carries in a 31-14 victory over Newnan. For the season, Swinney has 614 yards rushing and seven touchdowns on 83 attempts (7.4 ypc). Sandy Creek (4-0) is ranked No. 2 in Class AAAA. Rated the consensus No. 10 running-back prospect in the nation, Swinney is committed to Ole Miss. See Swinney in action against Newnan, courtesy of NFHS Network.

 

5. RB/DB Ruben Garnett, Aquinas: Garnett rushed for 170 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries and caught a 31-yard pass in a 44-20 victory over Our Lady of Mercy. For the season, Garnett has rushed for 595 yards and eight touchdowns on 69 carries (8.6 ypc) in three games. He has made seven tackles in the secondary. Aquinas (3-0) is ranked No. 1 in Class A. Duke reportedly leads to sign Garnett among 15 Division I offers.

 

6. WR Darius Slayton, Greater Atlanta Christian: Slayton's team did not play last week. For the season, Slayton has 14 catches for 288 yards and six touchdowns - two that were highlight-reel game-winners - for the No. 1-ranked team (3-0) in Class AA. Auburn and Georgia are the reported leaders for Slayton, the consensus No. 19 wide receiver prospect in the country.

 

Up arrow7. LB Quarte Sapp, Milton: Sapp's team did not play last week. For the season, Sapp has 21 total tackles - two for losses and one for a safety - and three interceptions, one of which he returned for a touchdown. Milton (2-0) is ranked No. 6 in Class AAAAAA. Milton is allowing 5.0 points per game against teams that otherwise are 4-0 and averaging 30.5 points. Sapp is rated the consensus No. 23 outside-linebacker prospect nationally. His reported leader is Tennessee.

 

Up arrow8. RB/QB/DB Deshawn Waller, B.E.S.T. Academy: Waller, asked to play quarterback because of an injury, was 11-of-20 passing for 208 yards and two touchdowns in a 22-7 victory over Therrell. Waller also rushed for 200 yards and a touchdown on 19 carries. He made three tackles on defense. On the season, Waller is 13-of-22 passing for 238 yards and three touchdowns with one interception. He has rushed for 542 yards and two touchdowns on 62 carries (8.7 ypc). He has caught three passes for 49 yards. He has made seven tackles and intercepted a pass. B.E.S.T. (2-1) is ranked No. 7 in Class AA. Waller has offers from Georgia State and Indiana.

 

Up arrow9. RB/LB Tra Minter, Schley County: Minter rushed for 325 yards and three touchdowns on 21 carries in a 60-26 loss to Greenville. Minter also had eight solo tackles. In two games, Minter has rushed for 561 yards and scored eight touchdowns on 37 carries (15.2 ypc) and returned a kickoff 80 yards for a touchdown. On defense, he has made 15 solo tackles and 12 assists and caused fumbles in both games. Schley County (1-1) has won only five games during Minter's sophomore, junior and senior seasons. Minter (5-9, 190) has offers from Appalachian State and Troy.

 

10. RB Sihiem King, Colquitt County: King rushed for 100 yards yards and a touchdowns on 18 carries in a 38-10 victory over Enterprise, Ala. For the season, King has rushed for 481 yards and eight touchdowns on 72 carries (6.7 ypc) and has nine receptions for 44 yards. Colquitt County (4-0) is ranked No. 1 in Class AAAAAA and is nationally ranked in the Top 10 of two polls. King (5-9, 175) has no reported Division I offers.

 

The Rising Seniors Foundation is the presenter of the Georgia Junior Bowl. Its mission is to inspire student-athletes to dominate the fifth quarter. For more on how that's done, see this video tribute from players and coaches who participated in the 2013 game, and visit the Rising Seniors Foundation's Web site at www.risingseniors.com/.

Composite Rankings

Here's a look at Georgia's teams ranked on a consensus of six polls (AJC - Atlanta Journal-Constitution/GHSF Daily; GS - Georgia Sports Writers Association; GPB - Georgia Public Broadcasting; SA - Score Atlanta; MP - MaxPreps; and Max - Maxwell Ratings):

 

Class AAAAAA

AJC

GS

GPB

SA

Max

MP

Total

1. Colquitt County (4-0)

1

1

1

1

1

1

60

2. Camden County (4-0)

2

2

2

3

2

6

49

3. Grayson (3-0)

4

5

3

2

4

2

46

4. Lowndes (4-0)

3

4

4

5

3

8

39

5. Lovejoy (3-0)

5

3

5

4

9

10

30

6. Milton (2-0)

6

8

6

8

6

3

29

7. North Gwinnett (2-1)

9

7

8

9

5

4

24

8. Valdosta (4-0)

7

6

7

7

 

 

17

9. McEachern (1-2)

10

 

10

 

8

5

11

10. Hughes (2-1)

8

9

 

10

 

7

10

11. Dacula (3-0)

 

 

 

6

10

9

8

12. Norcross (2-1)

 

10

 

 

7

 

5

13. North Cobb (3-1)

 

 

9

 

 

 

2

Class AAAAA

AJC

GS

GPB

SA

Max

MP

Total

1. Northside, W. Robins (3-0)

1

1

1

1

1

1

60

2. Ware County (3-0)

2

2

2

2

2

2

54

3. Stephenson (1-1)

3

4

3

5

8

4

39

4. Creekside (3-1)

4

5

5

6

5

3

38

5. Kell (3-0)

5

3

4

4

3

 

36

6. Coffee (2-1)

6

7

6

3

7

6

31

7. Allatoona (4-0)

8

6

8

7

6

8

23

8. Carver, Columbus (2-1)

7

8

7

9

 

9

15

9. Lanier (3-0)

9

10

9

8

10

10

10

10. Gainesville (1-1)

 

 

 

 

4

 

7

11. Mays (2-1)

 

 

 

 

 

5

6

12. Houston County (3-0)

10

9

10

10

 

 

5

13. Stockbridge (2-1)

 

 

 

 

 

7

4

14. South Paulding (3-0)

 

 

 

 

9

 

2

Class AAAA

AJC

GS

GPB

SA

Max

MP

Total

1. Buford (3-0)

1

1

2

1

1

1

59

2. Sandy Creek (4-0)

2

2

1

2

2

4

53

3. Griffin (3-0)

3

3

3

3

3

2

49

4. Marist (3-0)

4

4

4

4

4

3

43

5. Cartersville (2-1)

6

5

6

 

5

7

26

6. Woodward Academy (2-1)

8

7

7.5

7

7

5

24.5

7. Thomas Co. Central (1-1)

7

6

7.5

5

6

 

23.5

8. Burke County (2-2)

5

 

5

8

8

6

23

9. Whitewater (2-1)

10

8

9

9

10

 

9

10. Eagle's Landing (2-0)

 

9

 

6

 

 

7

11T. Cairo (2-1)

9

10

10

 

 

 

4

11T. Mary Persons (2-1)

 

 

 

10

 

8

4

13T. Carrollton (0-3)

 

 

 

 

9

 

2

13T. Pickens (2-0)

 

 

 

 

 

9

2

15. Troup (2-1)

 

 

 

 

 

10

1

Class AAA

AJC

GS

GPB

SA

Max

MP

Total

1. Washington County (3-0)

1

1

1

1

1

1

60

2. Calhoun (3-0)

2

2

2

2

2

4

52

3. Blessed Trinity (3-0)

3

3

3

3

3

5

46

4. Jefferson (4-0)

4

4

5

5

6

6

36

5. Peach County (3-0)

5

5

4

4

5

9

34

6. Westminster (3-0)

6

7

6.5

6

4

3

33.5

7. Central (Carrollton) (3-0)

8

6

8

7

9

2

26

8. Westside, Macon (3-0)

7

9

6.5

9

7

7

20.5

9. Hart County (3-0)

9

10

9

8

8

10

12

10. Adairsville (3-0)

10

8

10

10

 

 

6

11. West Hall (3-0)

 

 

 

 

 

8

3

12. Cedar Grove (2-1)

 

 

 

 

10

 

1

Class AA

AJC

GS

GPB

SA

Max

MP

Total

1. Greater Atl. Christian (3-0)

1

1

1

1

1

1

60

2. Fitzgerald (3-0)

2

2

2

3

5

4

48

3T. Benedictine (1-1)

5

4

4

2

4

3

44

3T. Lovett (2-2)

4

5

5

4

2

2

44

5. Vidalia (3-0)

3

3

3

5

6

5

41

6. Brooks County (1-2)

6

8

9

6

3

6

28

7. BEST Academy (2-1)

7

9

6

 

 

7

15

8. Lamar County (1-0-1)

9

10

7.5

8

7

 

13.5

9. Dublin (2-1)

10

7

7.5

10

 

 

9.5

10. Washington-Wilkes (2-1)

 

6

 

9

 

 

7

11. Jefferson County (1-2)

8

 

 

 

8

 

6

12. Bowdon (2-1)

 

 

 

 

9

8

5

13. Model (3-0)

 

 

 

7

 

 

4

14. Macon County (2-1)

 

 

 

 

 

9

2

15T. Pelham (3-0)

 

 

10

 

 

 

1

15T. Thomasville (0-3)

 

 

 

 

10

 

1

15T. Screven County (3-0)

 

 

 

 

 

10

1

Class A

AJC

GS

GPB

SA

Max

MP

Total

1. Aquinas (3-0)

1

1

2

1

1

1

59

2. Marion County (2-0)

2

2

1

2

2

2

55

3. Mount Paran Christian (3-0)

4

4

3

3

5

3

44

4. Calvary Day (2-0)

3

3

4

5

7

7

37

5. Charlton County (3-0)

5

5

5.5

4

8

5

33.5

6. Savannah Christian (3-0)

7

9

5.5

6

3

 

24.5

7. Landmark Christian (3-0)

9

8

9

8

6

6

20

8. Brookstone (2-0)

6

6

7

10

 

8

18

9. Hawkinsville (3-0)

8

7

10

9

 

4

17

10. Emanuel Co. Institute (3-0)

10

 

8

 

4

9

13

11. Mt. Pisgah Christian (2-1)

 

 

 

7

 

 

4

12. Prince Ave. Christ. (2-1)

 

10

 

 

9

 

3

13T. Pacelli (3-0)

 

 

 

 

 

10

1

13T. Irwin County (1-1-1)

 

 

 

 

10

 

1

 

 

 
REGION STANDINGS: Class AAAA

Region 1-AAAA

Division A

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week*

Cairo

0-0

2-1

l. to W. Florida, Fla. 19-7

at Westover (M)

Thomas Co. Central

0-0

1-1

vs. Amer.-Sumter, ppd.

vs. Bainbridge

Monroe

0-0

1-2

l. to Bainbridge 7-6

vs. Liberty Co. (Sat., M)

Albany

0-0

0-2

l. to Laney 54-6

at Americus-Sumter

Crisp County

0-0

0-3

l. to Worth Co. 36-27

at Dougherty (Thu., M)

Division B

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week*

Bainbridge

0-0

2-1

d. Monroe 7-6

at Thomas Co. Central

Westover

0-0

2-1

d. Northside, Col. 31-10

vs. Cairo (M)

Dougherty

0-0

1-1

Did not play

vs. Crisp Co. (Thu., M)

Worth County

0-0

1-1

d. Crisp Co. 36-27

Does not play

Americus-Sumter

0-0

1-2

at Thomas Central, ppd.

vs. Albany

 

Region 2-AAAA

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Upson-Lee

0-0

2-0

d. Northeast 44-6

vs. Northside, Columbus

Baldwin

0-0

2-1

l. to Tift Co. 28-12

at Thomasville

Mary Persons

0-0

2-1

d. Lamar Co. 29-27

vs. LaGrange

Howard

0-0

2-1-1

d. Rutland 21-0

Does not play

West Laurens

0-0

2-2

l. to W'side, Mac. 36-10

Does not play

Perry

0-0

1-2

l. to Macon Co. 35-6

at Brooks Co.

Veterans

0-0

0-3

l. to Wash. Co. 42-3

at Valdosta

 

Region 3-AAAA

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Burke County

0-0

2-2

l. to N. Aug., S.C. 25-22

vs. Washington Co.

Liberty County

0-0

2-2

l. to Benedictine 44-13

at Monroe (Sat., M)

Thomson

0-0

1-2

l. to Hart Co. 17-7

at Washington-Wilkes

Wayne County

0-0

1-3

l. to Oakleaf, Fla. 31-25

vs. Camden Co.

Windsor Forest

0-0

0-3

l. to Groves 20-17

vs. Screven Co. (Th., SM)

New Hampstead

 

0-4

l. to Islands 14-13

at Hephzibah

 

Region 4-AAAA

Division A

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Eagle's Landing

0-0

3-0

d. Jonesboro 16-8

vs. Spalding

Eastside

0-0

2-1

l. to Griffin 53-7

vs. Jonesboro (SH)

Locust Grove

0-0

2-1

d. Pike Co. 48-19

vs. Mt. Zion, Jonesboro

Walnut Grove

0-0

2-1

l. to Spalding 29-6

vs. Riverdale

Henry County

0-0

1-2

d. Mt. Zion, Jones. 7-0

vs. Pike Co.

Hampton

0-0

0-2

l. to Riverdale 42-6

vs. Griffin

Division B

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Griffin

0-0

3-0

d. Eastside 53-7

at Hampton

Riverdale

0-0

2-1

d. Hampton 42-6

at Walnut Grove

Spalding

0-0

2-1

d. Walnut Grove 29-6

at Eagle's Landing

Mt. Zion (Jonesboro)

0-0

0-2

l. to Henry Co. 7-0

at Locust Grove

Jonesboro

0-0

0-3

l. to Eagle's Landing 16-8

at Eastside (SH)

Pike County

0-0

0-3

l. to Locust Grove 48-19

at Henry Co.

 Region 5-AAAA

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Sandy Creek

0-0

4-0

d. Newnan 31-14

Does not play

Troup

0-0

2-1

l. to Harris Co. 28-21

at Carver, Col. (Thu., CM)

Whitewater

0-0

2-1

l. to East Coweta 17-14

vs. ELCA

Woodward Academy

0-0

2-1

l. to Lovett 21-20

at Clarkston (HS)

Fayette County

0-0

1-2

Did not play

at Central, Carrollton

Carrollton

0-0

0-3

Did not play

vs. North Hall

 

Region 6-AAAA

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Marist

1-0

3-0

d. Arabia Mountain 30-0

at Stone Mountain (A)

Columbia

1-0

2-1

d. Stone Mountain 55-0

at Redan (AV)

Grady

1-0

2-1

d. Redan 29-20

at Lithonia (PV)

St. Pius

1-0

1-2

d. Lithonia 38-7

Does not play

Chamblee

0-0

0-2

Did not play

at Arabia Mountain (HS)

Lithonia

0-1

2-1

l. to St. Pius 38-7

vs. Grady (PV)

Arabia Mountain

0-1

0-3

l. to Marist 30-0

vs. Chamblee (HS)

Redan

0-1

0-3

l. to Grady 29-20

vs. Columbia (AV)

Stone Mountain

0-1

0-3

l. to Columbia 55-0

vs. Marist (A)

Cross Keys

 

0-2

Did not play

at Mount Vernon (Sat.)

 

Region 7-AAAA

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Southeast Whitfield

0-0

3-0

Did not play

Does not play

Gilmer

0-0

2-0

Did not play

vs. Murphy, N.C.

Pickens

0-0

2-0

Did not play

at Johnson, Gainesville

Cartersville

0-0

2-1

d. North Paulding 26-7

Does not play

Heritage (Ringgold)

0-0

2-1

d. Dawson Co. 10-6

Does not play

LaFayette

0-0

2-1

l. to Trion 29-21

Does not play

Ridgeland

0-0

2-1

d. Dade Co. 17-0

Does not play

Northwest Whitfield

0-0

1-1

Did not play

at Dade Co.

 

Region 8-AAAA

Team

Reg.

All

Last week

This week

Buford

0-0

3-0

Did not play

vs. White Co.

Madison County

0-0

2-1

Did not play

Does not play

Stephens County

0-0

2-1

d. Blue Ridge, S.C. 28-0

Does not play

White County

0-0

2-1

d. Pace Academy 31-17

at Buford

Chestatee

0-0

1-2

d. Pepperell 24-19

Does not play

North Hall

0-0

0-2

l. to West Hall 38-0

at Carrollton

North Oconee

0-0

0-2

Did not play

vs. West Hall

Monroe Area

0-0

0-3

l. to North Cobb 41-12

Does not play

Johnson (Gaines.)

 

0-4

l. to Lumpkin Co. 14-3

vs. Pickens

 

Note: All scores are courtesy of the Georgia High School Football Historians Association, Georgia Public Broadcasting and other media outlets. If a score is not accurate, it was reported incorrectly.

 

*All of this week's games are Friday unless noted.

Stadium key: A - Adams; AV - Avondale; CM - Columbus Memorial; HS - Hallford; M - Mills; PV - Panthersville; SH - Sharp; SM - Savannah Memorial

 

 

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Shutting 'em down

Creekside extended its streak of seasons in which it has shut out at least one opponent to 19 last week with a 41-0 victory over Druid Hills. Below are the longest current streaks of that kind. (Y) or (N) indicates whether the streak has been extended in 2014. On Thursday, we will list the longest streaks of all-time.

 

31 - Peach County (Y)

22 - Calhoun (N)

19 - Creekside (Y)

15 - Laney (N)

15 - Vidalia (Y)

13 - Emanuel Co. Institute (N)

13 - Charlton County (Y)

11 - Fitzgerald (N)

11 - Lovett (N)

11 - Stephenson (N)

10 - Carrollton (N)

 

Sources: GHSFHA.com and Loren Maxwell

 

Trivia

What is the Georgia record for most shutouts in a season? (Answer Thursday)

 

Answer to Tuesday's question: Rusty Curry of Duluth kicked the longest field goal in Georgia history, a 67-yarder, against Norcross in 1999. The field goal came on a free kick after a Duluth fair catch. It is one yard short of the recognized national record. Dax Langley of Heritage (Conyers) kicked a 63-yard field goal against Cedar Shoals in 1993. That is the longest field goal from a scrimmage kick in Georgia history.

Four Questions Presented By Georgia EMC    

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GHSF Daily asked Georgia head coaches to answer these four questions. We'll report from a different head coach each day.

 

Kyle Adkins, Shaw

1. Who is/was the most influential person in your coaching career? "That's a tie betweenDavid Cochran and Dexter Copeland. Both of these men entrusted me with a great deal of responsibility at a very early age. They not only helped me to expand my knowledge of the game, but they taught me how to be a professional and simply how to handle your business. That was huge, and more young coaches need that."

 

2. Who is the best Georgia player you ever faced? "Greg Reid, Lowndes. I faced him in 2007-2008 while I was an assistant at Ware County. The speed, acceleration and field vision that he possessed was unlike anything I have seen at the high school level."

 

3. What is the best team you ever faced as a coach? "2012 Sandy Creek. Speed all over the field and great size. We played them extremely hard that night, but they simply had too much firepower and we could not catch a break."

 

4. If you were Gary Phillips, the new head of the GHSA, what would be the first rule that you would try to change? "Every school should have to install play clocks at their facility. Every officiating crew operates at a different speed, and there truly needs to be some consistency. The play clocks, I feel, would help to do that."

 

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*Chestatee LB Kris Piercehad 15 solo tackles, five assists, a tackle for a loss and a forced fumble in a 24-19 victory over Pepperell.

 

*Fannin County RB Tyler Beaver rushed for 136 yards and a touchdown on 10 carries and caught four passes for 70 yards and two touchdowns in a 35-0 victory over Armuchee.

 

*Hancock Central QBMontkevius Fluellen rushed for 126 yards and three touchdowns in a 34-14 victory over Josey. Fluellen has scored nine touchdowns this season.

 

*Lakeside (Atlanta) RBKelleyen Walker rushed for 179 yards and three touchdowns on 29 carries and caught three passes for 84 yards and another touchdown in a 42-38 victory over Campbell.