Wesley Green, M.L. King
NO LONGER GREEN TO THE GAME
AT A PHOTO SHOOT IN SPRING, WESLEY GREEN CAME out of his shell and had a great time in front of the cam- era. With end of course exams out of the way, Green flexed his muscles and mimicked NFL quarterback Cam
Newton’s Superman pose. In that moment, Green appeared com-
fortable with himself.
He’s equally in his element on the football field, a 5-11,
175-pound corner who’s been making plays since his sophomore
year. Now a senior, Green is one of the most coveted defensive
backs in the state, a big-time college recruit that will have his pick
of essentially every SEC and ACC school. In the meantime, he’ll
look to lead M.L. King deep into the playoffs. The Lions have lost
only one game in each of the past two seasons. Unfortunately, both
of those defeats came in the playoffs. Green and his teammates
will look to pose in the Dome in 2013.
THE HUNT FOR RED NOVEMBER
Last season, the Gainesville Red Elephants rebounded from a
trio of regular-season losses to win the state title. As surprising as
the championship was to those outside the program, that set the
stage for this season’s expectations to swell.
Quarterback Deshaun Watson returns for his senior year with a
chance to both set numerous state passing records and go out as a
two-time champ. It may not sound fair to say, but with Watson returning and given last season’s ending, anything less than a state title
will leave those in the Gainesville area feeling a little bit deflated.
By now, everyone on the recruiting camp circuit knows the
Berry twins. Elliot and Evan, yes, the brothers of NFL star Eric,
have been fixtures at recruiting camps and combines since their
eighth grade year. Time after time, summer after summer, the
Brothers Berry came out to compete, so much so that it began
to feel like they had always been at these events and were never
going to not be there. And it wasn’t just that they were making
appearances. Their performance was usually always noteworthy.
But all good things come to an end. The Berrys are now entering
their senior season at Creekside High in Fairburn. They’ll both help
on offense and defense, but the secondary will be their home at the
next level. After practically living at recruiting events the past five
years, they’re probably looking forward to new surroundings.
A RIVALRY TO REMEMBER
It goes without saying, but it can’t be said enough – if you
haven’t been to a Northside-Warner Robins game, go this year. Go
next year, too. And go every year after that.
After last season’s close contest, this year’s version of one of the
state’s fiercest rivalries figures to be another classic. Northside
edged Warner Robins 35-28 a year ago and both teams made noise
in the playoffs. The two schools are separated by less than three
miles, and both teams return plenty of talent for 2013.
Either a dream or a nightmare scenario, imagine if the two played
twice, once in the regular season and again in the playoffs. Or even
better, think about if the two met in the championship game. Think
the community could handle that?
QB Deshaun Watson
RB Adam Choice
Thomas County Cen.
RB Dallas Rivers
RB Jonathan Hawkins Central Gwinnett
WR Caleb Ham
TE Montez Sweat
OL Jermaine Abron
OL Jordan Harris
OL Dennis Edwards
OL Keyshawn Parrish M.L. King
OL Jesse Freeman
DL Elisha Shaw
DL Kayton Samuels
DL Donnell Greene
LB Detric Dukes
LB Justin Hughes
DB Wesley Green
DB Elliot Berry
DB Evan Berry
DB Dominick Sanders Tucker
DB Darious Latimore
TOP 5 TEAMS
1GAINESVILLE: Quarterback Deshaun Watson led the Red Elephants to a state
title last season in his junior year. A year older,
what does Watson have in store for 2013?
2NORTHSIDE-WARNER ROBINS: The Eagles look to do two things each
and every season – beat rival Warner Robins
and win the state title.
3TUCKER: Coach Bryan Lamar is entering his second season in charge at
Tucker. With his philosophy firmly in place, a
loaded Tigers’ senior class looks to win it all.
4M.L. KING: The Lions lost only one game in 2012. Expect the Lions to once
again be a tough out in the playoffs.
5WARE COUNTY: After reaching the title game in 2012, the Gators could be even
better with quarterback Jamar Johnson.
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