Here are the Week 8 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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Hannah threw the ball a total of 62 times and 551 yards to finish off their 51-50 win over Clarke Central. The sophomore passer had a total of 7 touchdowns on the night, making up for all of his team’s scores. Hannah did a really nice job of getting off passes under a lot of pressure and was able to hit his top target Ahmed Souare for almost 300 of his yards and 4 scores. The 6’2″ sophomore has put together several huge games so far this year, and is 100% a 2026 recruit to know about at this point.
Mr. Consistency at Walton continues to be just that. Cameron Loyd was huge in their come-from-behind victory over North Cobb grabbing 196 yards on just 4 receptions. The senior had a total of 3 scores on the night. Loyd has proven to be one of the fastest players in the state according to Reel Analytics, and just recently earned an offer from Navy. The senior has been a matchup problem going over the middle of the field and then eluding defenders after the catch.
The Northgate running back could not be stopped in last week’s 56-21 victory over McIntosh. The senior rushed for 282 yards on 25 carries and 3 touchdowns on top of a 97-yard kick return as well. Garrett finished the night well over 350 all-purpose yards and a total of 4 touchdowns. He eclipsed the 1000-yard marker on the ground. No film from the game just yet on the senior, but we will update ASAP.
Senior Trinity Christian
Another Coweta running back earns a spot on the standout list. The senior Trinity Christian back bruised Whitewater for 232 yards and 30 rushes for 3 scores. Moss used his impressive combination of speed and power to break off huge plays. The Navy commit stands 6’1″ 205 lbs. and has been a consistent force on offense for the Lions this year.
Playing for Brookwood in the GISA, Rodge Waldrop had the best single game in state history last week. The senior threw for 698 yards and 9 touchdowns. Waldrop is a 6’5″ senior passer with FBS-caliber tools to work with. Soon after his huge game, Waldrop was visiting Florida at The Swamp. There is no film yet from the game, but we will update it ASAP.
Senior Hapeville Charter
After beating SW DeKalb last week, Hapeville Charter is sitting at the top of their region and is starting to mount momentum. Senior linebacker Eric Searcy was all over the field in their game totaling 20 tackles. Searcy did a nice job of playing with his ears pinned back, analyzing the play, and then shooting the gaps to get the stop immediately. Impressive senior at 6′ and 200 lbs. that is under the radar at the moment.
fast and physical… 20+ tackles last night …. @grindatlanta @martaviousjr @CoachSaeed1 @CoachT_Howard @CoachWatson9 @CoachWimberly @be_coached45 @coachlarryslade @RecruitGeorgia @JadenGriffin_ pic.twitter.com/nRFzVlmaPR
— Eric Searcy 🥷 (@ejsearcy_) October 7, 2023
Bentley is once again a top performer in the state. The Upson-Lee back makes it for the 2nd time in 3 weeks in fact. Helping his team to another blowout win, Bentley had 284 yards rushing on 16 carries and a total of 4 touchdowns. Even more impressive, he did it all in 3 quarters. Upson-Lee is currently ranked the #8 team in our 3A ratings and Bentley remains one of the top uncommitted backs in the state.
The senior back out of ELCA was huge in their win against Redan rushing for 264 yards on 26 carries and 1 touchdown. One long run was cut short due to a rather pointless penalty. Hood also caught 4 passes for an additional 52 yards and another score too. Hood is a good vertical running threat who can get upfield in a hurry. ELCA is doing everything in its power to get the football into Hood’s hands as they try to muster a strong 2nd half of the season.
Junior Toombs Co.
Toombs County took down the #1 team in 2A last week 31-28 and junior QB TJ Stanley was huge. With his team down 28-20, Stanley helped his team drive down the field and threw a TD pass to tie the game. Then shortly after recovered a fumble and Toombs County kicked a field goal to finish the 31-28 upset. Stanley threw for 219 yards and a total of 3 touchdowns. The 6’3″ 200 lbs. passer made some high-degree of difficulty throws and also showed some good awareness running the football too. The junior should be an interesting prospect to watch over the next year.
Senior Arabia Mt.
Daniel Turpin has been a 3-year starter at Arabia Mountain and is playing his best football ever right now. The 6’1″ 215 lbs. had 3 rushing touchdowns on the night, a pick-six that was unfortunately called back, and a handful of tackles for a loss. All while being a key part of the special teams unit at long snapper and kicker. Turpin has improved a lot over the last year reading the play quicker than ever and a true impact player getting tackles for a loss for the Rams. His physicality was key in their huge win as Arabia Mt. remains 6-1 on the season 2-0 in region play.