JENKINS COUNTY WAR EAGLES
2015 RECORD: 4-6
HEAD COACH: Charley Waters
THE PLAYERS: Corey Watkins (Jr., RB/LB), Trenton Harley
(Jr., OL/DL), Tyjay Lee (Sr., DB), Bryce Joyner (Jr., OL),
Tykese Green (Sr., WR/LB), Robery Coney (Jr., RB/LB), Tyler
Washington (Sr., RB), Dominique Stephens (Jr., OL/DL).
THE WORD: The War Eagles head into 2016 in hopes of
making a run at the state playoffs after making strides in
2015. The War Eagles will lean on the physical Corey Watkins who is a powerful running back and also an enforcer
at the linebacker spot. Watkins will split carries with the
electric Robert Coney and fellow senior Tyler Washington
both of whom complement Watkins. The defense will hope
Watkins and senior Tyjay Lee can gives some stability and
force some big plays in 2016.
MCINTOSH COUNTY ACADEMY BUCCANEERS
2015 RECORD: 4-7
HEAD COACH: Robby Robinson
THE PLAYERS: Jonathan Jason (Sr., LB/RB), Dallas
Anthony (Sr., LB), Joseph Roberts (Sr., DL), Akhari Roberts
(Sr., LB), Simon Cummings (Sr., DB), Barry Jackson (Sr., DL),
Dustin Anderson (Sr., QB), Dekhel Mitchell (Sr., WR), M. J.
McRae (Sr., WR), Jimmie Palmer (Sr., RB), Fred Carswell
THE WORD: The Buccaneers return tons of senior talent.
Senior linebackers Jonathan Jason and Dallas Anthony
are receiving lots of college interest heading into their
senior season. The team went from 0-10 in 2014 to 4-7 in
head coach Robbie Robinson’s return to the school after a
five year stint with Washington Wilkes as head coach and
athletic director. Robinson has quickly started restoring
the winning culture that reigned in his first stint with the
Buccaneers. 2016’s team will return a total of 18 starters
and will also be dropping in classification from AA to A. This
year’s Buccaneers could be one the team to beat in region
3-A and could potentially make a deep playoff run.
2015 RECORD: 2-8
HEAD COACH: Matt Jones
THE PLAYERS: Charviel McNeal (Sr., WR/CB), Fred Holloway (Sr., RB), Carlton Bishop (So., DE), Devin Howell (Sr.,
OL), Tyler Williams (Sr., DL), James Williams (Jr., QB/CB).
THE WORD: The Panthers will have a lot of growth ahead
of them in 2016 and possibly 2017 as they will be young
and inexperienced all over the field. The Panthers also play
in a strong region with multiple talented teams with more
depth than they currently possess on paper. The Panthers
will lean heavily on senior running back Fred Holloway who
takes on the full load after the graduation of Malik Williams. The Panthers will also ask junior James Williams to
step into the quarterback spot to give them some continuity
on the offensive side of the ball. The lack of depth in the
program will see the Panthers struggle in a strong region in
2016, but the experience and valuable playing time given
to youth will pay dividends in the future.
SAVANNAH CHRISTIAN RAIDERS
2015 RECORD: 9-3
HEAD COACH: Donald Chumley
THE PLAYERS: Jordan Grant (So., QB/CB), Chris Dettling
(Sr., QB/ WR/CB), Eric Davidson (Jr., LB), Evan Reese (Sr.,
TE/DE), Josh Kelley (Sr., FB/LB), Ryan Smith (Sr., DB), Ben
Jackson (Sr., RB/LB).
THE WORD: The Raiders head into 2016 trying to replace
one of the more explosive athletes in the country as
Demetris Robertson heads to college. One candidate to
step in and pick up some of the slack on offense is the
player who will touch the ball on every snap in sophomore
quarterback Jordan Grant. Grant proved to be a dual-threat
at the quarterback position last year, passing for almost
600 yards and running for over 400 yards as a freshman
in addition to being a key piece of the Raiders’ secondary.
2016’s Raiders won’t have the star power of 2015, but
depth and talent remains strong in the program.
SAVANNAH COUNTRY DAY HORNETS
2015 RECORD: 3-7
HEAD COACH: Dennis Coyle
THE PLAYERS: Bryce Dunn (Sr., QB), Adam Byck (Jr., RB/
DE), Chris Pendleton (So., TE), Jonathan Palmer (Jr., FB/LB),
Lester Jackson (Sr., OL/DL), Roman Goode (Sr., LB), Evans
Baird (Sr., RB/CB).
THE WORD: The Hornets were a rebuilding team in 2015.
In 2016, much has changed as this is a team that could
be a sleeping giant. All the right ingredients are in the
proverbial pot. The Hornets return a duel-threat at the
quarterback spot in senior Bryce Dunn who led the team in
rushing in 2015. Expect Dunn to develop his passing game
with weapons such as tight end Chris Pendleton, who is
waiting to blossom into a playmaker. The defense is led by
junior Jonathan Palmer who was 2015’s leading tackler and
also plays fullback on offense. Palmer is the X-factor on this
Hornets’ team as he is a budding star in region 3-A.
Region 3, Division B
EMANUEL COUNTY INSTITUTE BULLDOGS
2015 RECORD: 11-2
HEAD COACH: Chris Kearson
THE PLAYERS: Rhett Gay (Sr., QB), Ricky Lee (Sr., RB),
Dazhun Steele (Jr., WR), Jamoni Kelly (Sr., RB), Trent Smoyer
(Sr., LB), Curtis Fann III (So., DE), Anfernee Johnson (Sr.,
DB), Zach Carruth (Sr., OL), Clark Hall (Sr., CB).
THE WORD: The Bulldogs reached round three of the
playoffs in 2015. Last season’s run should only fuel the
expectations for the veteran team which returns almost all
of the talent from last season. Quarterback Rhett Gray returns with Ricky Lee and No. 1 wide receiver Dazhun Steele
along with the Bulldogs’ star linebacker Trent Smoyer. The
Bulldogs should be the favorite to win region 3-A sub-region
B and will compete for the 3-A title and be expected to be
one of the team’s that have a shot to show up under the big
top playing for the big trophy. At the very least this team will
have a say so in who goes to Atlanta.
JOHNSON COUNTY TROJANS
2015 RECORD: 7-5
HEAD COACH: Don Norton
THE PLAYERS: Brooks Norton (Jr., QB), Malik Pierce (Sr.,
LB), Branderious Rawlings (Jr., RB), Tyrik Jackson (Sr., DE),
Jaylan Hines (Sr., OL/DL), Jalen Johnson (Jr., WR), Thomas
Thornton (Sr., TE), Rantavious Norris (Jr., FB).
THE WORD: The Trojans advanced to the second round of
the state playoffs in 2015 and will be looking to build off
that success 2016 with a veteran group that knows what it
takes to battle in the tough region that is 3-A. The Trojans
should again challenge for a playoff spot with budding
talent ready to breakout being coupled with some of the
team’s established players such as junior quarterback
Brooks Norris and linebacker Malik Pierce. An intriguing
player to watch for the Trojans’ offense is senior tight end
Thomas Thornton who could become a matchup problem
for many teams in the region as Thornton stands 6-5 which
gives Norton and big target amongst his smaller, speedier
targets. 2016 will be an intriguing one for Johnson County
as they try to find out if they are about to burst onto the
scene as a contender. Evidence suggests that they should
be a team to watch.
MONTGOMERY COUNTY EAGLES
2015 RECORD: 0-10
HEAD COACH: John Bowen
THE PLAYERS: Clayton Harvey (Jr., RB/LB), Randy
Shoemaker, Jr. (So., RB/LB), Kris Daniels (Jr., QB/LB), Taven
Johnson (Jr., OL/DL), Jay Dasher (Sr., WB/DB), Keenan
Hollis (Sr., WR/LB), Tyler Yancey (So., QB/LB).
THE WORD: The Eagles will be starting a new era with a
new head coach in John Bowen, who is stepping in for Eric
McDonald who led the Eagles to an 0-10 season in 2015.
The Eagles will look for some form of progress in Bowen’s
first year. The Eagles will lean on young running backs and
also linebacker Clayton Harvey who is a junior and led the
team in rushing as a sophomore. Last season’s leading
tackler and second leading rusher, sophomore Randy
Shoemaker, Jr. also returns.
2015 RECORD: 5-5
HEAD COACH: Britt Ingle
THE PLAYERS: Tyler Benjamin (Sr., QB/DB), Ben
Blackshear (Sr., RB), T.K. McLendon (SR., TE/DL), Stan
McCoy (Sr., OL/LB), Jarrod Holmes (Sr., FB/LB), Hunter Byrd
THE WORD: Britt Ingle and the Vikings have been on the
uptick for the last seven season but haven’t been able
to push over the .500 mark. 2016 could be the year as
talented dual-threat quarterback Tyler Benjamin enters his
senior season. Benjamin has the ability to burn secondar-ies with his arm and make things happen with his legs.
The Vikings will need to find the weapons to compliment
Benjamin. The Vikings also will try to replace their leading
rusher and ask Ben Blackshear to carry more of the load
WHEELER COUNTY BULLDOGS
2015 RECORD: 3-7
HEAD COACH: Randy Collins
THE PLAYERS: Torrence Parker (Jr., QB/DB), Jurtavious
Ferguson (Sr., TE/DE), Israel Phillips (Sr., RB), Isaac Phillips
(Sr., OL/DL), Denez Foster (Jr., LB), Jadie Worthing (Sr., DE),
Jordan Payne (Sr., WR/DB).
THE WORD: The Bulldogs have a lot of talent returning
that could allow them to make the jump into playoff
contention after struggling in 2016. The returners are led
by Torrence Parker and defensive end Jurtavious Ferguson.
Parker was the team’s leading weapon at wide receiver in
2016 as well as an electric playmaker in the secondary.
2016 will see the explosive athlete Parker behind center
at quarterback. Ferguson led the team in tackles from
defensive end and is physical non-stop player who will force
big plays because of his effort. These two players give the
Bulldogs a chance to make a postseason appearance in
2015 RECORD: 6-5
HEAD COACH: Scott Pethtel
THE PLAYERS: Russell Blanchard (Jr., QB), Walker Cottrell
(Jr., RB/LB), Frank Waldrep (Sr., WR/LB), Garrett Bell (Sr.,
FB/LB), Josh Long (Sr., DL), Daniel Amos (Sr., OL/DL),
Wesley Tillman (Sr., DB), Richard Hill (Jr., FB/LB).
THE WORD: The Cougars come into 2016 with many
reasons to be optimistic about the season. The Cougars
return quarterback Russell Blanchard. Walker Cottrell will
be a player to watch as he was the team’s leading tackler
in 2015 but will also be asked to carry the football more
this season on the offensive side. He could come out of
2016 as the team’s leading tackler and leading rusher. The
Cougars will be a threat to again make the playoffs in what
is shaping up to be a tough region.
2015 RECORD: 3-6
HEAD COACH: Fredrick Cotton
THE PLAYERS: Antavion Patrick (Sr., QB), Sterling Brown
(Sr., OL/DL), Jaquavious Smith (Jr., WR/DB), Ja’Covan
Owens (Jr., RB/LB), Tyrique McCrory (Sr., LB), Zy’Tavian Hill
(Jr., WR/DB), Bryce Ezekiel (Jr., OL).
THE WORD: The Hawks lose a lot of depth from the 3-6
team from 2015. 2016 will be a year of finding depth and
getting experience for the new wave of young talent coming
through the program. Quarterback Antavion Patrick returns
and will be protected by Sterling Brown and Bryce Ezekiel
once again. The Hawks will be building towards being a
threat in 2017 but there is a shot they could be a competitive team and sneak into the playoffs.
CRAWFORD COUNTY EAGLES
2015 RECORD: 8-2
HEAD COACH: Greg Street
THE PLAYERS: Alex Henton (So., QB), Quin Penamon (Jr.,
RB/DB), Marcus Clayton (Jr., WR/LB), Derick Smith (Sr., OL/
LB), Jamorris Pickard (Jr., OL/DL), Adam Morris (Sr., TE/DL),
Malik James (Jr., RB/LB/DB).
THE WORD: The Eagles come off a big year and move
down in classification for 2016. If the Eagles can build off
2015 they look to be the early favorites in the region. The
Eagles will have some holes to fill and will need to see a
jump in the development of sophomore quarterback Alex
Henton. Quin Penemon and Marcus Clayton will also be
looked at to carry more responsibility on the offensive end.
DOOLY COUNTY BOBCATS
2015 RECORD: 7-4
HEAD COACH: Jimmy Hughes
THE PLAYERS: Rotavious Billings (Sr., LB), Reggie Smith
(So., ATH/DB), John Clayton (Sr., RB/LB), Malik Burns (So.,
RB/LB), Dre Lawson (Sr., DB), Antonio Laidler (Jr., QB/DB).
THE WORD: The Bobcats return lots of talent throughout
the roster thought there is also a lot of inexperience as well.
The Bobcats were 7-4 in 2015 and will have a good chance
at repeating that success and possibly even improving. This
is a sleeper team in region 4-A as the team has an athletic
quarterback in Antonio Laidler and dynamic playmakers in
Reggie Smith and John Clayton, who play both ways. Look
for the Bobcats to be right in the thick of deciding who
represents 4-A in the postseason.
2015 RECORD: 4-6
HEAD COACH: Vex Farley
THE PLAYERS: Kewaun Matthew (Jr., RB/LB), Zanquavi-ous Gates (Sr., LB), Javiarius Colton (Jr., WR/LB), Larry
Amey Jr. (Sr., OL/DL).
THE WORD: The Patriots will be young and searching for
depth after graduating their leading passer, top four leading rushers, their leading receiver and their top six tacklers.
The Patriots will be in rebuilding mode and will likely play
lots of young players and could expect to take some lumps
throughout 2016 in a very tough region 4-A.
HAWKINSVILLE RED DEVILS
2015 RECORD: 4-5
HEAD COACH: Will Conner
THE PLAYERS: Chandler Jones (Jr., QB), Dontavious
Davenport (Jr., RB), Javan Singletary (So., RB/DB), Phuong
Pham (Jr., LB), Brooks Cape (Jr., FB/LB), Markell Lawson
(So., RB/DB), Tyler McBurse (Sr., OL/DL).
THE WORD: The Red Devils can make some strides as
a program in 2016 as there are some building blocks in
place. The Red Devils will again run Chandler Jones out
behind center as he is now a junior looking to gain even
better command of the offense. The 4-5 2015 could very
quickly turn into seven or eight wins in 2016. The Red
Devils will have talent and experience at quarterback and in
the trenches as Tyler McBurse returns to the offensive and
defensive lines. Junior running back Dontavious Davenport
will be asked to do more in 2016 and Javan Singletary and
Markell Lawson will see plenty of carries in the backfield.
MANCHESTER BLUE DEVILS
2015 RECORD: 9-4
HEAD COACH: Evan Hochstetler
THE PLAYERS: Garrett Brown (Jr., QB), Ashton Bell (Jr.,
RB/WR/DB), Tre Gamble (Sr., RB/DB), Tre’Darius McGruder
(Jr., WR/DB), Jontavious Ferguson (Jr., LB), Kalil Brawner
(Jr., DB), Jackson Drius (Jr., DL).
THE WORD: The Blue Devils come off a 9-4 campaign and
looking to have a breakout 2016 campaign. The pieces
are there as last year’s second and third leading rushers
are ready to step in and take more of the workload. Ashton
Bell and Tre Gamble will be key players in 2016 as both will
carry the football a lot and play key roles in the Blue Devils’
secondary. Quarterback junior Garrett Brown returns to pilot the offense. The Blue Devils could again find themselves
playoff bound while moving into a new region.
MARION COUNTY EAGLES
2015 RECORD: 11-2
HEAD COACH: Chris Kirksey
THE PLAYERS: Quentez Battle (Jr., QB), Mykelle Kelley (Sr.,
RB), Josh Rodgers (So., WR/DB), Jordan Tillman (Sr., DL),
Terrence Williams (Jr., LB), Willie Davis Jr. (Jr., LB), Austin
Connor (Jr., OL).
THE WORD: The Eagles had a strong 2015, but finished
the postseason in a disappointing manner. The Eagles lose