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All-Area Football Teams
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Times Football Coach of the Year: Banks County's Philip Jones

Times Football Player of the Year: Gainesville's Deshaun Watson

All-area football

First-team offense

QB Deshaun Watson, Gainesville, So.; Notable: 3,251 passing yards, 41 TDs, 6 INTs, 60.7 comp. percentage; 1,073 rushing yards, 16 TDs

RB Imani Cross, North Hall, Sr.; Notable: 1,706 rushing yards, 8.9 yards per carry, 24 TDs

RB Jeremy Haley, Flowery Branch, Sr.; Notable: 1,370 rushing yards, 8.1 yards per carry, 21 TDs

RB Cedric Harris, Johnson, Jr.; Notable: 1,435 rushing yards, 6.4 yards per carry  |  74 tackles, 7 TFL, 2 FF

WR C.J. Curry, Flowery Branch, Sr.; Notable: 45 receptions, 805 yards, 13 TDs

WR Casey Osborne, Flowery Branch, Sr.; Notable: 58 receptions, 994 yards, 10 TDs

OL Vadal Alexander, Buford, Sr.; Notable: One of the state’s highest-rated linemen; Committed to LSU

OL Austin Allen, Habersham Central, Sr.; Notable: 50 knockdown blocks, 85 percent season grade

OL Chase England, Gainesville, Jr.; Notable: Top lineman on offense that averaged 40.6 points per game

OL Cam Howell, North Hall, Sr.; Notable: Top lineman on an offense that averaged 255 rushing yards per game

OL Terry Rowe, Flowery Branch, Sr.; Notable: 88 percent season grade, gave up two sacks in 13 games

ATH Kevin Ellison, Habersham Central, Sr.; Notable: 2,183 rushing yards, 10.3 yards per carry, 32 TDs, 1,025 passing yards, 12 TDs, 1 INT

First-team defense

DE Rick Legrant, Buford, Sr.; Notable: 65 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 8 sacks, 19 hurries

DE Carson Newman, Jefferson, Sr.; Notable: 133 tackles, 23 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 4 forced fumbles, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 INT

DT Lee Cagle, Lumpkin County, Sr.; Notable: 117 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 5 sacks, 2 forced fumbles, 5 fumble recoveries, 2 blocked kicks

DT Jonathan Frick, Flowery Branch, Jr.; Notable: 78 tackles, 19 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 4 hurries, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery

LB Jacob Allen, Flowery Branch, Jr.; Notable: 136 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 5 hurries, 2 fumble recoveries, 1 INT

LB Dillon Lee, Buford, Sr.; Notable: 62 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, 9 hurries, 11 pass break-ups

LB Nathan Staub, Buford, Sr.; Notable: 71 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 1 INT

CB C.J. Moore, Buford, Sr.; Notable: 18 tackles, 13 pass break-ups, 1 INT, 3 fumble recoveries; 5 kickoff returns, 46.8 avg, 1 TD

CB Noel Padmore, Flowery Branch, Jr.; Notable: 45 tackles, 9 pass break-ups, 2 INTs, 1 TD return, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery

S Coleman Cunningham, Habersham Central, Sr.; Notable: 120 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 3 forced fumbles, 5 pass break-ups

S Fred Payne, Gainesville, Jr.; Notable: 133 tackles, 8 pass break-ups, 1 INT

ATH Ian McIntosh, Lumpkin County, Sr.; Notable: 1,117 rushing yards, 224 receiving yards, 16 total TDs  |  52 tackles, 8 pass break-ups, 1 INT

Special teams

K Eric Hougrand, Union County, Jr.; Notable: 10/14 field goals, long of 42 yards, 14/15 PATs, 85 percent touchbacks

P Ian Wheeler, Habersham Central, Jr; Notable: 39.4-yard average, 7 punts downed inside the 20-yard line


QB Bryant Shirreffs, Jefferson, Jr.; Notable: 1,873 passing yards, 19 TDs, 2 INTs, 62 completion percentage

ATH Kanler Coker, Flowery Branch, Sr.; Notable: 2,833 passing yards, 31 TDs, 837 rushing yards, 15 TDs

RB Zack Martin, Dawson County, Jr.; Notable: 1,201 rushing yards, 5.6 yards per carry, 17 TDs

RB Jamond Witt, East Hall, Sr.; Notable: 1,200 rushing yards, 9.3 yards per carry, 19 total TDs

WR Bruce Clark, Dawson County, Jr.; Notable: 53 receptions, 637 receiving yards, 10 TDs, 1 drop

WR Keyontra Harrison, Gainesville, Jr.; Notable: 46 receptions, 818 receiving yards, 232 rushing yards, 15 total TDs

WR Stephen Mason, Gainesville, Sr.; Notable: 62 receptions, 901 receiving yards, 9 TDs

OL Joe Cannon, White County, Sr.; Notable: 17 pancake blocks, 53 knockdowns

OL Josh Cardiello, Buford, Jr.; Notable: Junior Bowl selection, high-level college prospect

OL Blake Manning, West Hall, Jr.; Notable: Average of 3 pins and 6 knockdowns per game; 70 percent grade

OL Patrick McKibben, Gainesville, Sr.; Notable: Big, power-blocking lineman in a prolific offense

OL Kevin Tarr, Flowery Branch, Jr.; Notable: 28 pancakes, 15 knockdowns, 81 percent grade, gave up 3 sacks

K David Petroni, Buford, Jr.; Notable: 86/86 PATs, 51 touchbacks on 98 kickoffs

DL Garrett Bennett, Chestatee, Sr.; Notable: 80 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 13 hurries

DL Kurt Freitag, Buford, Sr.; Notable: 42 tackles, 16 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, 2 forced fumbles

DL Jeffery Howard, East Hall, Sr.; Notable: 42.5 tackles, 8.5 tackles for loss, 6 sacks, 5 forced fumbles

DL Jeremiah Ledbetter, Gainesville, Sr.; Notable: 83 tackles, 2 sacks, 5 hurries, 5 tackles for loss

LB Ian Petkevich, Union County, Sr.; Notable: 106 tackles, 8 tackles for loss, 4 forced fumbles

LB Wesley Simonton, Jefferson, Jr.; Notable: 114 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 2 forced fumbles

LB Devon Stringer, Gainesville, So.; Notable: 141 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 3 pass break-ups, 1 INT

LB Josh Swistak, Commerce, Sr.; Notable: 105 tackles, 18 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 3 hurries, 2 forced fumbles

DB Darius Curry, Flowery Branch, Jr.; Notable: 47 tackles, 2 pass break-ups, 1 fumble recovery

DB Paris Head, Buford, Sr.; Notable:  38 tackles, 7 pass break-ups, 1 INT, 9 punt returns, 19.3 avg., 1 TD

DB Eli Nwefo, Gainesville, Sr.; Notable: 127 tackles, 1 INT, 3 pass break-ups

ATH Andre Johnson, Buford, Sr.; Notable: 71 tackles, 7 tackles for loss  | 1,006 rushing yards, 18 TDs

P Ryan Kennedy, White County, Sr.; Notable: 39.5 yards per punt

Honorable mentions

LB Adam Aguilar, Jr., Habersham Central

DL William Alford, Jr., Habersham Central

OL Collin Anthony, Jr., Jefferson

ATH Matt Askounis, Sr., Lakeview Academy

DL Devonte Benton, Jr., East Hall

ATH River Bryant, Jr., Jackson County

ATH Pat Burns, Sr., Habersham Central

WR Justin Cantrell, Jr., Gainesville

DL Dequan Clark, Sr., Buford

DB Andre Daniel, Sr., Jefferson

QB Jordan Degraff, Jr., Chestatee

QB Tyler Dominy, Jr., Dawson County

OL Micah Eason, Jr., Commerce

DB Avery Ebanks, Sr., Riverside Military

DL Marlan Edwards, Sr., Riverside Military

RB Dean Ewing, Sr., Banks County

LB Drew Ferguson, Sr., Habersham Central

OL Blake Forrester, Sr., Johnson

DL Chris Foster, Jr., Jackson County

WR Zac Franks, Sr., Habersham Central

DL Joseph Funk, Sr., Gainesville

OL Robert Hill, Sr., Buford

RB Tristen Jackson, So., Jefferson

LB J.J. Johnson, Sr., Gainesville

RB Rico Jones, Sr., West Hall

OL Zach Kile, Jr., Lumpkin County

OL John Long, So., Habersham Central

ATH Marquaze Maddox, Sr., Banks County

OL John Mancin, Sr., North Hall

LB Jose Martinez, Jr., Johnson

LB Chance McClure, So., Commerce

LB Kody McDonald, Jr., Jefferson

LB John-Mark McFarland, So., Riverside Military

OL Andrew Miles, So., Flowery Branch

LB Robert Morris, Jr., Habersham Central

ATH Logan Moye, Sr., Lumpkin County

QB Chandler Newton, So., West Hall

OL Felipe Pablo, Sr. , Habersham Central

OL Ian Parvin-Asher, Sr., Riverside Military

OL Cody Power, Jr., East Hall

DB Jackson Putnam, So., Dawson County

DL Steve Rodriguez, So., Johnson

TE Victor Salcido, Sr., Riverside Military

OL Dannan Sanderson, Sr., White County

RB Dustin Scott, Jr., Jackson County

K Chase Slocumb, Jr., Lumpkin County

LB Cody Smith, Jr., Dawson County

ATH AJ Stephens, Sr., West Hall

OL Caleb Stepp, So., Lumpkin County

ATH Cody Streetman, Sr., Commerce

DL Cale Tallant, Jr., Dawson County

LB Turk Taylor, Sr., West Hall

RB Brandon Thompson, Jr., Chestatee

OL Raphael Upchurch, Sr., Gainesville 

DB Devin Welborn, Sr., Habersham Central

OL CJ White, Sr., East Hall

LB Dalton Whitfield, So., White County

LB Andy Williams, Sr., Jackson County

WR Garrett Wilson, Sr., Commerce

DB Gunner Wood, Fr., Lumpkin County

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