Here are the Week 5 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 tomorrow 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 Mill Creek
Robinson had an incredible game in last week’s win against Cedar Grove. The senior rushed for 246 yards and 3 touchdowns on 19 carries. What always stands out when watching Robinson on film is his incredible balance and how aggressively he hits the hole getting upfield. The 5’9″ 193 lbs. running back has proven to be one of the most productive backs in the class of ’24.
Jones had an excellent game in their victory over Laney. The 6’4″ 280 lbs. defensive lineman totaled 9 tackles, 3 for a loss, and .5 a sack. Jones continues to look like one of the best defensive tackles in the class of ’25. You have to really like how many tackles he cleans up from the backside and how consistently he hustles out to the sideline. Hard to believe that FBS programs won’t be offering scholarships in the coming months.
Woodford had another dominating game last week. The junior running back put up 314 yards and 5 touchdowns on just 21 carries against ACE Charter. His efforts helped his team to a 52-26 victory. Woodford has routinely shown himself to be the most powerful running back in all of the lower classifications and looks to be well on his way to leading the state in rushing once more.
Aquinas was in a shootout against Harlem last week where their star QB Jim Franklin absolutely showed out. The junior threw for 309 yards, completing 27 out of 34 passes and 4 touchdowns. He also rushed an additional 2 more scores. Franklin did everything he could to keep his team in the game but ultimately came up short 47-42 to the 3A program. The 6’4″ All-Region QB continues to impress with his arm talent.
Newton had a huge upset win over Westlake and is now ranked in the top 10 in our 7A rankings. Junior running back Zion Johnson was huge running for 140 yards and 3 touchdowns on just 19 carries while returning back a punt for a 67-yard touchdown. Johnson’s incredible top-flight speed is a big difference-maker. Newton is 5-0 for the first time since 1950 according to GHSF Daily.
The senior has played great to start the year and in last week’s win 19-14 against Temple. Jenson had 7 catches for 98 yards on top of a few huge blocks while also totaling 10 solo tackles on defense. Jenson totaled 130 snaps in the game. He is showing why he was a Preseason All-State selection on the site. Coach Tyler Pullum said about Jenson, “He’s a kid any college would be lucky to have. He’s a great player and even better person. Program builder!”
SR Bethlehem Christian
The Navy commit had another huge week rushing for 236 yards and 3 touchdowns against the Georgia Force. The senior back is physically dominating on the field, breaking through tacklers and sending them backward. He even stepped up on an interception and absolutely wrecked the guy returning it. Adam plays the game full tilt at 100 mph.
SR East Coweta
East Coweta once again took it to Lowndes and is off to a 5-0 start to the year. The 7A program had a big standout performer in Deshun Horsley last week’s win going for 216 yards receiving on just 5 receptions and 4 touchdowns. Amazingly, he almost scored every time he touched the football and had a long of 78 yards. The 5’11” 182-pound receiver has good open-field speed and was able to break through several tackles in the secondary.
McKnight had a crazy game against Central. The junior defensive back prospect had 1 interception and 2 PBU’s while also getting two blocked PATs and a blocked field goal too. He also totaled 4 tackles too. The 6’3″ 190 lbs. class of ’25 prospect is a high-upside prospect that we suspect D1 programs will be all about.
Winder-Barrow pulled out a 19-15 win over Loganville last week and freshman running back Dowdy was ridden into victory. Dowdy had 246 rushing yards on 36 carries and 1 touchdown against playing against a strong front at Loganville. The 5’10” 215 lbs. power running back shows a good change of direction and has excellent pad level, which creates a lot of extra yardage after contact. He is absolutely a 2027 prospect to know.