Here are the Week 12 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.
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Seems like everyone is talking about Toby Maddux’s game last Friday. The senior had 261 rushing yards, 54 receiving yards, and 5 scores on the offensive side of the ball. He wasn’t done, and on defense, Maddux had 15 tackles. Trion smashed Darlington 42-14 to win their first region title since 2003. The Bulldogs are ranked #2 in our Class A DI rankings going into the playoffs. Maddux leads Class A DI in rushing with over 1600 yards and is one of the toughest to tackle in tight spaces.
Thomson finishes the regular season 9-1 and Anthon Jeffery puts an exclamation on their 63-6 win over Westside Augusta. The junior had 197 yards, and 5 touchdowns on just 20 carries. Jeffery’s Hudl is currently private so no film from this game, but he is a 2025 back to watch closely during the playoffs as Thomson will look to repeat as 2A champs.
Ingram has been on fire this year and last week against SW DeKalb the senior had 264 yards rushing and 5 touchdowns while also returning a kickoff 80 yards for another score too. The senior just eclipsed the 3k mark in his career with 3162 yards and set the single rushing TD record with 26. Ingram is a front-runner for All-State and is one of the more slept-on backs in the class of ’24.
SR Lee Co.
Collier is likely a defensive player at the next level, but he did it all for Lee County last Friday as they blew out Tift 65-14. The senior rushed for 53 yards and two touchdowns and also threw a 23-yard TD pass. Collier was also a standout on defense grabbing 10 tackles and getting a sack. The senior has made several explosive plays this season in all three facets of the game. Collier is committed to Georgia Southern.
Calwise was impressive during their blowout 47-14 win over Archer. The senior had 176 yards and 4 touchdowns and nearly had another returning an interception to the one-yard line. That play nearly made the top 10 plays of the week alone, but Calwise’s game was so impactful that we wanted to cover more than just a single play. The senior remains uncommitted at the moment and has some intriguing senior film for D1 colleges to review.
SR Clarke Central
Curry plays on both sides of the football where his physicality is felt greatly. The senior had a total of 10 tackles against Winder Barrow and a pick-six. Curry also had a few more scores on the offensive side of the football where he plays running back. The senior’s aggressive mindset and intensity flying to the football gets himself to spots to make impact plays.
SOPH Heard Co.
TJ Heath was standout in a tough loss against Lamar County. The sophomore had a total of 14 tackles and also rushed for 132 yards and an additional score. That’s amazing when you consider the physicality of Lamar Co. Heath is small yet explosive player that we have our eye on.
SR Dooly Co.
Antwuan Clayton helped his team to a 30-23 win where he was 19-23 passing and 268 yards and 4 touchdowns. Dooly County had one of the toughest schedules to start the season in the lower classifications but as they say, ‘iron sharpens iron!’ In this case, that was never more true, and Dooly County finished the year 6-4 and ranked in our top 10 for Class A DII. They are a team to watch closely in the playoffs, especially with several dynamic seniors like Clayton.
JR River Ridge
Spector was throwing dimes in River Ridge’s 50-29 win over Allatoona. The junior had 290 yards passing and 13 out of 17 passes with 4 touchdowns. Spector had an additional rushing touchdown too. Spector has a gunslinging style to his QB play and has some legit burst when running in the open field.
Folsom was great in their 31-28 win over Worth County. The 6’4″ senior signal-caller was 16-21 passing for 308 yards and two touchdowns, including a 35-yarder for the winning score with 3 minutes left. Folsom has helped navigate Cook to an 8-2 season and is a consensus top-10 team. With a lot of talent around him, Cook is a dangerous team heading into the playoffs.