Welcome to our 2022 All-State selections! Down below we have our Player of the Year vote. Our first team all-state selections on offense and defense are directly underneath the poll. We are still working on our write-up but should have a quick blurb on every player selected for the first team very soon. At the very bottom of the page, we have our All-State honorable mention selections.
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Editor’s Note: We ran into some technical issues on the website until 1 pm 12/20, and have decided to push back the player of the year vote until 12/21 at 10 PM.
QB – Seth Griffin, North Murray
QB – Chip Cooper, Worth Co.
RB – Keyjuan Brown, South Atlanta
RB – Nick Woodford, Northeast
FLEX – Corbin Davenport, Fannin Co.
WR – Carmelo Mays, Southwest
WR – D’Ontae Fulton, Worth Co.
WR – Jadyn Rice, North Murray
SLOT – Jensen Goble, Union Co.
OL – Gabriel Fortson, North Cobb Christian
OL – Henry Peagler, Pierce Co
OL – D.J. Chester, ELCA
OL – Bryson Wilson, Cook
OL – Xavier Walker, Fitzgerald
OL – Johnny Williams, Northeast
K – Jonah Allen, Pierce Co
ATH – Jontavis Curry, Thomson
DL – Samuel Albee, Fellowship Christian
DL – Elijah Gunn, Callaway
DL – Chayce Smith, Appling Co.
DL – Kenyon Partridge, Columbia
DL – Daniel James, Fitzgerald
LB – Jacob Cruz, North Cobb Christian
LB – Brent Washington, Rockmart
LB – Antonio Wilson, Spencer
LB – Tank Morris, Toombs Co.
DB – Jalon Kilgore, Putnam Co.
DB – Storm Hunt, Thomson
DB – Colton Hood, ELCA
DB – Marcellius Brigham, Thomson
DB – Malachi Jackson, McNair
P – Hayden Futch, Berrien
RET – Josiah Davis, Berrien
Kicking off on the offensive side of the ball, and we have Seth Griffin from North Murray. The senior QB had a special season with 2748 passing yards and 800 rushing yards. His total of 40 touchdowns tied for Class 2A lead. Griffin was named Region Offensive Player of the Year. Chip Cooper lands our 2nd QB spot, which is not typical for us to select two QB’s, but their seasons were just so strong. Cooper passed for 2431 yards and was extremely efficient throwing for 23 touchdowns and just 3 interceptions. He was also proficient on the ground rushing for 683 yards and 12 touchdowns. Cooper helped the Rams to one of their best seasons in recent memory going up against arguably the toughest competition in their region. He was named Region Player of the Year as well.
Keyjuan Brown was unstoppable in his senior year at South Atlanta. The dynamic back one-upped his rushing totals of last year and contributed 2706 yards on the ground and 31 touchdowns. The ever-elusive Brown had 225 yards rushing per game and ripped off 11.37 yards per carry. Nick Woodford was truly amazing considering it was just his sophomore year. The powerful back out of Northeast led the classification with 2746 yards, a whopping 228 yards per game and 40 touchdowns. Woodford earned Region Player of the Year honors and should be a highly recruited prospect in the near future. Corbin Davenport earns the flex spot for our 2A All-State team. He totaled 2210 All-Purpose yards and 29 total touchdowns. The hard-to-tackle senior had over 600 yards receiving, 1174 rushing yards and close to 400 return yards. The Fannin County senior was a true swiss-army knife with some of the most impressive single-game performances in the state.
Carmelo Mays out of Southwest is a lanky under the radar receiver who led the classification with 1008 receiving yards and 14 touchdowns. Mays averaged over 100 yards per game, which was the highest of any receiver in 2A. D’Ontae Fulton was Cooper’s most reliable target. The sophomore out of Worth County used his excellent speed to grab 61 receptions for 910 yards and 11 touchdowns. Fulton is starting to see his recruitment accumulate in interest. Jadyn Rice out of North Murray is another top target from our All-State QB selections. The senior had 1000 yards receiving on the year and 10 touchdowns. He averaged 17.9 yards per reception. Jensen Goble is a junior out of Union County who makes our slot receiver position. His 87 receptions and 1016 yards led 2A and he also had 9 touchdowns to boot. Goble gobbles up yards and shows outstanding hands over the middle of the field.
This year’s offensive line is headlined with some serious talent. Gabriel Fortson is a Georgia Tech signee at North Cobb Christian who helped steamrolled opposing defenses and make their vaunted rushing attack click. Henry Peagler helped Pierce County be one of the top rushing teams in 2A over the last few years. Peagler is a well-rounded blocker who was offered an opportunity to play at UGA. DJ Chester is a very sound offensive lineman with elite size standing near 6’5″ and well over 300 lbs. Chester moves very well for his size and will be suiting up for LSU next season. Bryson Wilson out of Cook is a true mauler who helped pave the way in Cook’s surprise season where they were ranked in the top 10 for a large portion of the regular season. Wilson has great size at 6’5″ 310 lbs., and should grow into an outstanding lineman at the next level. Xavier Walker out of Fitzgerald is a bad dude. He gets low to the ground and drives defenders clean out of the way ushering ball carriers to the 2nd level. Walker doesn’t have a prototypical size but is one of the best blocking in space in 2A. Big Johnny Williams rounds out the All-State team. This was his 2nd time making All-State in 2A, and the big Northeast OL helped paved the way for the state’s leading rushers. Williams will be suiting up for UGA next fall.
Jonah Allen out of Pierce County was the most consistent in all of 2A. The booming leg of the senior sends balls deep into the endzone. Allen will be playing next fall for Mercer. Our All-State Athlete goes to none other than Jontavis Curry. The Thomson senior had one of the best postseasons you’ll ever see totaling 1200 yards in 5 games, including a huge state title game where he rushed for 240 yards helping his team to the 2A title. Curry is a special athlete rushing for 1508 yards, 23 touchdowns, 12.1 yards per carry, and also 382 receiving yards. On top of that, Curry had 391 return yards. Curry is perhaps the fastest player in the state of Georgia. He finished off his senior year with 2281 all-purpose yards and 29 touchdowns. Curry signed with Hutchison CC, but give it a few years, Curry will most certainly be playing at the highest level of football soon.
Samuel Albee was huge in Fellowship’s run to the state semifinals. The long 6’5″ defensive end had a total of 50 tackles on the year, 17 tackles for a loss, and 12 sacks – a lot of that damage occurred in the playoffs. Albee was named Region Defensive Player of the Year. Elijah Gunn out of Callaway gets the nod as our All-State defensive tackle. The powerful senior busts up run plays and shows consistently great activity rushing the passer. Chayce Smith from Appling County is about as steady as they come. The Warner Robins transfer moved with little fanfare, but dialing back the film, and it’s hard to find a defensive tackle who had a bigger impact in 2A. Smith signed with Middle Tennesee. Kenyon Partridge from Columbia was one of the sack leaders in 2A with 11. The lanky junior earned himself Defensive Player of the Year honors. Fitzgerald’s edge Daniel James was a standout in the state title game flying from sideline to sideline making key tackles. The junior is tough as nails, very strong at the point of attack but also the versatility to play out in space too. James was named Region Defensive Player of the Year.
Jacob Cruz from North Cobb Christian had a total of 97 tackles on the year. He averaged right at 14.5 tackles per game. The 6’5″ linebacker uses his length to get off blocks fast. He will be joining his teammate Gabe Fortson over at Georgia Tech. Brent Washington out of Rockmart hits harder than a bag of hammers. The junior is a tenacious backer, and probably the most powerful open-field tackler in 2A. Antonio Wilson out of Spencer helped his squad to a region championship, surprising most pundits, including myself. The speedy linebacker earned himself Region Defensive Player of the Year honors. Tank Morris has been starting since he was a freshman at Toombs County. Senior year capped off a great career where he was named Region Defensive Player of the Year. He totaled 97 tackles, 12 tackles for a loss while also being a threat on offense rushing for 12 touchdowns too, which was certainly a change of pace for the senior.
Jalon Kilgore was Mr. Lockdown for Putnam County this year while also being one of the top playmakers on offense. Kilgore had 71 tackles on the year, decleating ball carriers in open space while also hawking 2 interceptions. Kilgore was named Region Defensive Player of the Year and will be suiting up for South Carolina. Storm Hunt led all of 2A with 8 interceptions on the year. The junior out of Thomson is good in coverage, obviously, but also physical stepping up in the flat and delivering some big hits. Colton Hood out of ELCA was a highlight waiting to happen last year. The senior Michigan State signee topped off his senior year with 3 interceptions after totaling 7 the year prior. Hood also had 11 touchdowns on the year. Marcellius Brigham is a very underrated safety prospect who stands about 6’4″. The senior had a total of 94 tackles, 9 tackles for a loss, and 5 interceptions for the 2A state champions. Brigham was the backbone of the Thomson defense that had opposing teams stumped. McNair’s Malachi Jackson gets the last DB spot on the All-State team. You could argue Jackson could have made the receiver spot with 838 yards, 10 touchdowns, and 50 receptions, but he was equally dominant on defense with 7 interceptions. On top of that, Jackson was on of the leaders with 425 returns yards, which was near the tops in 2A. He was named Region Athlete of the Year.
Hayden Futch takes the punter spot. Berrien’s senior averaged 45 yards per punt and was named Special Teams Player of the Year for his region. Josiah Davis joins his teammate for the other special teams’ spot. The dynamic junior had 663 return yards, 3 kickoffs returned for a score, and was named Region Player of the Year too. Davis is a national recruit, one of the most dynamic players in all of 2A.
Christian Wiggins, Washington Co./Jacque Holley, ELCA/Zac Chapeau, Athens Academy/Sully Croker, Providence Christian/Sean Medcalfe, Westside/Gabe Pierce, Fitzgerald/Sedrick Smith, South Atlanta/Max Beverly, Vidalia/Josh Petty, Fellowship Christian/Greg Grace, Laney/Jonathan Ashley, Laney/Isaac Cannizarro, Providence Christian/Emanuel Sutton, Dodge Co/Marcus Nesmith, Appling Co/Edwin Moore, ColumbiaDavonte Warren, South Atlanta/Taye Seymore, South AtlantaKyle Elphick, Fellowship Christian/Dawson Griffis, Appling Co.Jaquan Hart, Thomson/Antonio Cochran, Spencer/Cordaricus Stanley, Northeast/Jordan Jones, Thomson/Kameryn Fountain, Washington/Judson Petty, North Murray/Austin McGee, Athens Academy/Jaden Baugh, Columbia/Dray Duncan, Spencer/Dontavius Braswell, Washington Co./JaQuez White, Pierce Co/Dorian Barney, ELCA/Josh Milhollin, Fellowship Christian/R.J. Johnson, ELCA/Sam Bush, Athens Academy/Quay Whitfield, Callaway/Jeremiah Mayner, Tattnall Co./Caleb Heard, Centra/Caiden Tanner, Union Co./Chase Dupree, Southwest/Charlie Gilliam, ELCA/Gary Gaither, Spencer/Morgan Jones, Washington Co./Logan Long, Fannin Co./Dayson Griffis, Appling Co./Kaleb Scarbary, ACE/Aaron Davis, ACE/DJ Bell, Pierce Co./Jaylen Johnson, Appling Co./Nick Germain, Mt. Paran/Andrew Shockley, Banks Co./Roybe Tolbert, Columbia/Jamarion Williams, Appling Co./Tre Tre Jeffery, Thomson/Tamarion Peters, Putnam Co./CJ Givers, Fellowship Christian/De’Mar Riley Berrien Co./Micah Lewis, Landmark Christian/Tony Montgomery, Spencer/Tycen McDaniels, Spencer/Griff Young, Union Co./Brice Whitley, ACE/Parker Weaver, Worth Co./Reshod Curtis, Therrell/Lagonza Haywayrd, Toombs Co./Steven Moore, South Atlanta/Brandon Pope, Sumter Co./Aaron Scott, Banks Co./David Ruddell, ACE/Quinton Cole, Worth Co./Ashton Gutierrez, Berrien/Gavin West, ACE/Gage Barnes, Union Co./Jaylen Fluellen, Worth Co./Grant Thigpen, Landmark Christian/Andrew Waldrep, Fannin Co./Lamaze Williams, Columbia/Malachi Futch, ELCA/De’Zavion Holman, BEST/Tarique Thomas, Kendrick/Sam Ayegunle, North Cobb Christian/Joevonte Stuckey, South Atlanta/Jamere Roberts, Thomas/Micah Tate, Landmark Christian/Malik Jackson, McNair/Emmanuel Clark, McNaair/Javon Brazil, BEST/Larry Wallace, KIPP/Ahmad Bridge, Therrell/DJ Daggett, Laney/Tyrek Woods, Washington/Hank Stevens, Mt. Paran/Haldyn Williams, Haralson Co./Caleb Lee, Providence Christian/Dennis Sims, Rockmart/Jackson Bilotti, Landmark Christian/Lamarie Mitchell, Dodge Co/Duke Johnson, Dodge Co/Sylon Davis, Fitzgerald/Drew Moore, Fitzgerald/Jadarius Smith, Cook/D.J. Brown, Fitzgerald/Demarion Simmons, Dodge Co/Ja’Kori Jones, Cook/Aiden Lester, Cook/Robert Brown, Fitzgerald/Brandon Brown, Fitzgerald/Neico Sandifer, Rutland/Timothy Hallman, Central/Cameron Weaver, Kendrick/Malachi Hancock, Northeast/Justin Smith, Southwest/Ashton Brown, Rutland/Jimarion Guyton, Pierce Co/Brock Nobles, Toombs Co/Antonio Barron, Vidalia/Jacob Gardner, Appling Co/Kellon Middleton, Brantley Co/Wil Watts, Toombs Co./Jaylen Jackson, Windsor Forest/Josiah Anderson, Tattnall Co/Jakobi Jones, Glenn Hills/Cain Coulter, Thomson/Keith Fraley, Washington Co./Rashod Daniel, Putnam Co/Jauquine Hines, Washington Co/Kalon Curry, Laney/Dylan Stephens, Callaway/Sam Williams, Callaway/Exavious Reed, Callaway/Lincoln Broadnax, Mount Paran Christian/Brayden Williby, North Cobb Christian/Hudson Pizza, Fellowship Christian/Gary Maddox III, East Jackson/Jeremiah Wingfield, Athens Academy/Ryan Maton, North Murray/Montreas Simmons, Rockmart/JoJo Haynes, Rockmart/Cam Ferguson, Rockmart/Matthew Hammock, Gordon Central/Daniel Jolly, Model/aaron Flood, Murray Co./Jamir Brown, Redan/Zay Middlebrooks, Rockmart/