Here are the Week 10 standouts from our weekend research. We have a quick write-up on each of the 10 athletes that we have selected with their highlight film included if possible.
We also have a poll for our Player of the Week directly underneath that will end Tuesday night at 10 p.m. You can only vote once per hour! The winner will get a featured story on the website and a custom highlight video.
SR Lumpkin Co.
Sullens would not let his team fall to White County, and after 4 overtimes, Sullens was able to score one of his four touchdowns on the evening to put his team up 61-55. The seniro had a total of 38 carries for 268 yards on the night. Sullens is a 6′ 215 lbs. running back who was All-Region in 2022 and has helped his team to an 8-0 record on the year in 3A. The senior is a power back but shows good lateral movement at the line of scrimmage making explosive jump cuts and getting upfield fast after. No film from last week’s game for now.
JR Telfair Co.
In a wild 33-29 win for Telfair County over Wheeler County, Jabari Zanders certainly came out the hero. With the team trailing 29-13 with 5 mins remaining, they were able to makeup the difference with Zanders scoring the game-winning touchdown with 35 seconds remaining. The junior totaled 300 yards of offense on the night. Amazingly, Zanders didn’t even expect to be the starting QB just 4 months ago, and now he has helped his team to a 7-0 start to the season. Telfair County is just 1/4 teams undefeated in Class A DII.
Dalton takes down Calhoun for the first time since 2016, and Ethan Long was clutch. Throwing for 266 yards and 2 touchdowns on a highly efficient 71% completion rate, Dalton’s offense was steady with the senior under center beating out Calhoun 28-21. The junior QB has been excellent this season getting the football out to his playmakers. Dalton is currently 7-2 with a region championship lined up against Cartersville this Friday night.
Daniels had 253 yards in the first half in their divisive 49-21 win over Elbert County that catapults the team into the top 5 in Class A DI. Most of the damage was done early, but the junior produced 381 all-purpose yards on the night and 5 touchdowns. The Elbert County defense could never get a hold of the junior, his vision, speed, and general instincts were just too much. Daniels’ dominance has been a huge factor in Commerce’s 8-1 record in 2023. He has a lot of college interest as of now and at the start of the year earned an offer from Gardner Webb.
The sophomore linebacker had his best game of the 2023 season last Friday in a 42-13 win over Morrow. Fairchild totaled 10 tackles, while also creating 2 sacks, 3 tackles for a loss an additional forced fumble too. Fairchild’s explosiveness to the football on top of his instincts reading the play shut down all options for Morrow. The sophomore was All-Region in 2022 and looks to be one of the top backers in his recruiting class. Duke offered earlier this month plus GT and NC State over the summer. He will be a 2026 to watch closely over the years.
SR Schley Co.
Kanazawa makes the standout list again, but this time, the opponent was the #2 team in Class A DII in Manchester. Schley County dominated the game 28-7 and Kanazawa had 295 total yards and 4 touchdowns on the night. He completed 18 of his 25 passes. The senior as usual just makes it happen on the field consistently hitting his guys in stride and making quick-snappy decisions. Kanazawa is a gamer playing his best when it matters the most and will be a player to watch closely during the playoffs.
Reese has been among the most productive of any defensive lineman in the last few years in the state. The edge was at it again against Woodland-Stockbridge. Reese had a total of 9 tackles with 3 being sacks and an additional 3 more going for a loss. When 66% of your tackles go for a loss, then it’s safe to say that Reese was living in the backfield. The 6’2″ 225 lbs. defender earned an offer from Alabama State a week ago but remains one of the bigger sleepers in this class. Reese is an All-State caliber player who produces at a high level and is relentless in getting after the passer.
Savage was sicko against Newnan going for over 200 yards on just 18 carries. Hughes dominated 48-14, and the recent Indiana commit was able to easily cruise through the defense showing off his effortless running stride. Savage burst on top of his excellent change of direction and vision making him one of the more talented backs in the class of ’23. Hughes will look to repeat as 6A champs and is currently the #5 team in our classification rankings.
Fountain continues to breeze through the competition with another stellar game. The senior won 55-0 over River Ridge throwing for 317 yards and 6 touchdowns. Fountain also eclipsed the school’s all-time record of career passing yards and career touchdowns (without looking it up, Knox Kadum had to be the previous holder). Fountain is focused, growing as a leader this season and his Rome team is responding by playing its best football right now. Both Rome and Fountain are two to watch as we enter the 2023 playoffs.
RL Ward has been the starting QB up until last Friday against Pace Academy. The starting junior running back stepped up, and playing against a Pace team loaded with D1 talent, Ward was able to help his team to a 27-20 win. The junior was 7/8 passing for 1 touchdown on top of 10 carries for 130 yards and two more scores. Even though Ward is not a traditional QB, he certainly threw some absolute dimes and more importantly kept the offense moving forward. Luella is now 4-4 on the season and sitting nicely at #2 in Region 5 with a 4-1 record.