CARVER (COLUMBUS) TIGERS
2013 RECORD: 11-2
THE COACH: Joe Kegler
THE PLAYERS: Nate Barley (Sr., WR), Khane Pass (Sr., DB),
Lanario McDaniel (Sr., RB), Devon Wynn (Sr., LB), Mekhi
Brown (Sr., LB), Jawon Pass (Jr., QB)
THE WORD: The Tigers enter year two of the Joe Kegler era
and will look to continue the long tradition of success for
the program. This team has a ton of potential, as it will once
again be led by quarterback Jawon Pass on offense. Pass is
a big 6-5 signal caller with a live arm and mobile feet, which
earned an honorable mention nod a season ago by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution. He’s beginning to be a high-profile
recruit, earning offers from Miami, Clemson, Texas A&M and
Mississippi State. Senior linebacker Mekhi Brown will lead
the defense, and he’s also a high-profile prospect, though
he’s already committed to Alabama. Carver should once
again have a shot at contending for a state championship.
COLUMBUS BLUE DEVILS
2013 RECORD: 1-9
THE COACH: Phil Marino
THE PLAYERS: Raymond Cochran (Sr., ATH), Ladi Dada (Sr.,
LB), Cory Aycock (Sr., ATH), Will Butler (Sr., DE/TE), Rodney
Edwards (Sr., LB), Dale Williams (Sr., RB), Alex Pimentel (Sr.,
RB), Jason Bowles (Sr., LB).
THE WORD: Columbus has had a tough go of it the last six
seasons, winning only eight games during that stretch.
Coach Phil Marino returns for his fifth year in charge, tasked
with getting the win-loss record closer to .500. The Blue Devils last had a winning season in 2005 and haven’t advanced
to the playoffs since 1994.
HARDAWAY GOLDEN HAWKS
2013 RECORD: 2-8
THE COACH: Jeff Battles
THE PLAYERS: Troy Monroe (Sr., WR/TE), Christian McBride
(Jr., RB), Jalance Beard (Jr., CB), Nathan Foster (Jr., OL/DL),
Matt Jones (Sr., LB), Kyle Oliver (Sr., OL/DL)
THE WORD: Hardaway coach Jeff Battles has only reached the
playoffs once during his tenure with the Golden Hawks. And
in that span of six years, he’s only finished over .500 once, a
non-playoff 6-4 season in 2009. Hardaway has only won six
games over the past three seasons and is in need of plenty of
help. The roster isn’t too deep this year but it does have some
quality players, such as seniors Troy Monroe and Matt Jones.
The offensive line is a bit undersized but does feature the gritty
Kyle Oliver and Nathan Foster. It could be another tough year,
however, for Hardaway in a loaded Class 1-AAAAA.
HARRIS COUNTY TIGERS
2013 RECORD: 9-3
THE COACH: Dwight Jones
THE PLAYERS: Tae Crowder (Sr., WR/DB), TaQuon Marshall
(Sr., QB/DB), D.J. Washington (Sr., DB), Cortez Johnson (Sr.,
LB), Blake Jones (Sr., DL), Tyler Boutwell (Sr., OL/DL)
THE WORD: When Tae Crowder is on the field, defenses must
account for him. Other wise he’ll hit you deep for a big gain with
his athleticism and speed. On top of that, he can go up and win
jump balls with his height and build at 6-3, 212 pounds. That
alone has garnered college attention from the likes of Kentucky
and Georgia State, with other schools certain to follow this
season. Quarterback TaQuon Marshall will look to build on his
2013 season at the position. A dual-threat guy, Marshall is a
versatile threat when the ball is in his hands.
2013 RECORD: 3-7
THE COACH: Dialleo Burks
THE PLAYERS: Dontavius Joiner (Sr., RB/LB), Emanuel Swanson (Sr., WR/DB), Mike Hardy (Jr., WR/DB), Gus Golden (Sr.,
K/P), Luke Elder (Jr., OL/ TE)
THE WORD: The Grangers hired former standout Dialleo
Burks after Donnie Branch resigned following his three
years with the program. A regular playoff contender from
2000-2010, the Grangers experienced an uncharacteristic
3-7 season in 2013. Burks will look to quickly turn around
the program he once played for, as he was a member of the
15-0 state championship team from 1991. He’ll have some
quality players to work with, including 6-5 offensive lineman
Luke Elder, who can double up as a tight end if needed. Mike
Hardy is a big 6-3 receiver with some potential. LaGrange
has an experienced kicker in Gus Golden, which should
make the special teams transition easy for Burks.
2013 RECORD: 2-8
THE COACH: Morgan Ingram
THE PLAYERS: Chris Gray (Sr., WR), Gabe Gordon (Sr., DL),
Te’Qwan Walrond (Sr., DL), Steven Crayton (Sr., DB), Kalen
Watts (Jr., RB), Hunter Wommack (Jr., LB), Jason Blackburn
(Jr., LB), Mitevious Lusk (Jr., OL), Christian Johnson (Jr., LB),
Jacobi Francis (Jr., DB), Tyrris Mitchell (Jr., ATH), Levi Dunn
(Jr., ATH), Danny Price (Jr., DB).
THE WORD: Coach Morgan Ingram enters his second season
with a handful of offensive starters returning. The group, which
includes junior playmaker in running back Kalen Watts, pro-
vides hope that the Patriots can improve the win mark in 2014.
After winning just games last season, Ingram has a deep and
strong linebacker corps returning as well. Jason Blackburn and
David Pierce will be key as the defense looks to build around
those two in the middle. It won’t be easy in the region, with
foes like Carver, Harris County and LaGrange to deal with, but
Northside will look to take a step forward and continue devel-
oping a winning culture.
2013 RECORD: 4-6
THE COACH: Kyle Adkins
THE PLAYERS: David Whitehead (Sr., DB), Quinard Thomas (Sr.,
DB), Austin Hester (Jr., OL), Rodney Clark (Jr., ATH), Elijah Phillips (Jr., LB), Caleb Bishop (Sr., QB), Tyrone Davis (Soph., LB),
Quentin Jackson (Jr., WR), Sydarrien Cobb (Jr., RB), Arenta Boyd
(Sr., RB), Hunter Eaton (Sr., K), Miles Davis (Soph., DL).
THE WORD: Expectations for the Raiders are high with seven
returning starters on both offense and defense. Shaw hovered around .500 in coach Kyle Adkins first two seasons,
going 10-11 while starting numerous sophomores and
juniors. Lessons were learned, experience that should pay
off. The offense is getting older though and now most players have three years with the same system. That speed are
two strengths on both sides of the ball. Adkins is looking
for more attention to detail and consistency — two factors
that could help Shaw break into the playoffs after moving to
Class 5A. Defense back David Whitehead and Austin Hester,
an offensive lineman, are two of the most talented players in
the region. Look for them to lead as Shaw attempts to make
a run in the region.
CROSS CREEK RAZORBACKS
2013 RECORD: 3-7
THE COACH: Robert McCarthy
THE PLAYERS: Tyler Washington (Sr., ATH), Chris Williams
(Sr., DL), Yusef Jenkins (Sr., QB), Jarell Wright (Sr., WR/DE),
Don’trez Hightower (Sr., WR)
THE WORD: The Razorbacks struggled mightily on offense a
year ago, scoring in the double digits just twice in 10 regular-season games, winning one and losing the other. And the
only reason Cross Creek ended the year with three wins was
because Westside was forced to forfeit a game it otherwise
won 55-7. Cross Creek will have to replace at least 19 senior
contributors from last year’s team, making it a tough task
for the Razorbacks to make a run as a sleeper in the region
race. The Razorbacks could wind up turning to senior athlete
Tyler Washington, though it remains to be seen where the
versatile football player lines up in 2014.
2013 RECORD: 5-5
THE COACH: Marty Jackson
THE PLAYERS: Matlin Marshall (Sr., QB/DB), Jeffery Hillman (Sr.,
WR), Colin Dominy (Sr., QB/LB), Malik Vandiver (Sr., WR/DB),
Carlos Dorsey (Sr., FB/LB), Jordan Kinnitt (Sr., DL), Tyler Cosom
(Sr., LB), Nick Lanham (Sr., OL), Clinton Turpin (Sr., OL).
THE WORD: Evans was the definition of up and down in 2013.
The Knights won the first two games, lost the next two. Then
traded wins and losses the rest of the way, finishing 5-5
and missing the playoffs. Despite a few tough, close losses,
the season was a step in the right direction for coach Marty
Jackson’s program. Back-to-back 3-7 campaigns preceded last
season. Jackson would like to get back to where his program
was from 2007-2010, when the Knights had four straight winning seasons and reached the playoffs three times.
2013 RECORD: 0-10
THE COACH: Jarrett Troxler
THE PLAYERS: Lamont Nesbitt Jr. (Sr., DB), Josh Pierce (Sr.,
RB/DB), Josh Smith (Sr., TE/LB), Kelby Brown (Sr., OL/DL).
THE WORD: There’s only one place to go but up, as far as the
Wolfpack are concerned. After a winless season in 2013,
coach Kevin Hunt resigned, with Jarrett Troxler coming over
from Lakeside to take the job. It’ll be an uphill climb as the last
time Greenbrier posted a winning season was in 2003. Still,
there’s a solid group of seniors leading the way on defense that
could get the program headed in the right direction. Lamont
Nesbitt Jr. will look to strengthen a defense that gave up a lot of
points a season ago, as the Wolfpack hope to turn around what
was the worst season in school history.
2013 RECORD: 2-8
THE COACH: Rodney Holder
THE PLAYERS: Fred Terrell (Sr., TE/DE), Eugene Govan (Sr.,
RB/LB), Jeremiah Moss (Sr., WR/DB), Jarred Cox (Jr., RB).
THE WORD: The Warriors will search for its first winning season
since 2011, and perhaps its first-ever season with more than
six wins. 2013 wasn’t too kind as Grovetown was blown out
quite a bit. The good news is that a solid group of players are
returning to this team, including junior running back Jarred Cox.
Cox is a game-breaker who can take a run the distance at any
moment on the field. The defense has quite a few senior leaders, including Fred Terrell and Eugene Govan. It still may be a
tough task to win more than seven games this year, but a .500
record is certainly doable for Grovetown.
HOUSTON COUNT Y BEARS
2013 RECORD: 7-4
THE COACH: Von Lassiter
THE PLAYERS: Jake Fromm (So., QB), Zach Taisler (Sr., WR/
DB/LB), Daniel O’Brien (Sr., LB), Kenny Gant (Sr., RB/WR),
Jordan Strevig (Jr., K), Luke Wasson (Sr., DL)
THE WORD: In his first season as Houston County’s coach,
Von Lassiter invigorated a downtrodden program and took
it to the postseason for the first time in seven seasons.
The Bears will look to repeat that accomplishment in 2014
behind a core group of seniors and a loaded junior class. But
it will be sophomore Jake Fromm that leads this team from
behind center, following an overachieving freshman campaign. On defense, seniors Daniel O’Brien and Luke Wasson
will look to contribute in a big way. The Bears appear poised
to reach the playoffs once again and to possibly do some
damage this time around.
JONES COUNTY GREYHOUNDS
2013 RECORD: 5-5
THE COACH: Justin Rogers
THE PLAYERS: Walker Juhan (Sr., RB), Wade Carr (Sr., P/K),
Anthony Parker (Jr., QB), Johnathan Reddick (Sr., OL/DL)
THE WORD: The Greyhounds lose a lot from last year’s roster
but do bring back some key pieces. The most important
might be quarterback Anthony Carter, a junior who has
already displayed great skill at the position. He’ll be the
catalyst, though Walker Juhan is what gets the team going
offensively. Juhan’s a tough runner to bring down and has
some speed in the open field. This will be coach Justin Rogers’ first season in Jones County, as he arrived from Griffin,
where he was the offensive coordinator. He should have this
offense clicking in no time.
LAKESIDE (EVANS) PANTHERS
2013 RECORD: 6-5
THE COACH: Steve Hibbitts
THE PLAYERS: Rashad Roundtree (Sr., DB), B. J. Raymond (Sr.,
WR/DB), Nick Patterson (Jr., QB), RaShaun Wright (Sr., DB),
Andrew Studstill (Sr., RB/LB), Jalen Harrison Sr., RB)
THE WORD: Steve Hibbitts is taking over a program that was
able to advance to the postseason the past three seasons,
despite winning no more than six games in each year. His
mission will be to build upon that foundation and push the
Panthers further into the postseason. He’ll have a solid
senior-laden group that he’s inheriting, led by running back
Jalen Harrison. Harrison has a strong burst and is tough to
bring down. His speed is underestimated as well. The Panthers also have a weapon on both sides of the ball in B.J.
Raymond. Nicknamed “Primetime,” Raymond is dangerous
with the ball in his hands and tough when lined up in man
coverage on defense. Rashad Roundtree was a first-team
all-state honoree by the AJC.
2013 RECORD: 10-2
THE COACH: Kevin Kinsler
THE PLAYERS: Jurmon Weaver (Sr., WR), Tanner Smith (Sr.,
QB), Willie Jordan (Sr., RB), Jakorey Curry (Sr., LB), Rakwon
Young (Sr., DB), Jamaal Joyner (Sr., RB)
THE WORD: With the spread offense having an impact at most
high schools these days, kids are now beginning to be recruited
specifically to play the slot position in college. Count senior receiver Jurmon Weaver into that category. In Northside-Warner
Robins’ spread offense, Weaver has the ability to take quick
flares and screens into big gains. He can also work the seam
and the middle of the field against slower linebackers and safeties forced to cover him. Having an athlete like Weaver should
once again benefit the Eagles in 2014, as they look to get past
the second round of the playoffs.
2013 RECORD: 5-5
THE COACH: Chris Hughes
THE PLAYERS: Tony Daggett (Sr., ATH), Gardner Duckworth
(Sr., P), Britto Tutt (Sr., DB), Devon Williams (Sr., DB), Ashlen
Bernard (Sr., DL).
THE WORD: No excuses — that’s the team motto for Richmond Academy this season. After a 5-5 campaign in 2013,
coach Chris Hughes says his team is excited for the challenge of playing in a tough region against some of the best
teams in the state. If success is to be had, dual threat Tony
Daggett must make it happen. He ran and threw for over
1,000 yards as a junior and also plays defensive back and
in the return game. After earning All-Area and All-Region as
a sophomore and junior, expert big things from Daggett.
Defensively, senior Britto Tutt is a name to know. He had 48
tackles and four interceptions as a junior and can be used
as a wide receiver,, too. If the offensive and defensive lines
come together in camp and hold up throughout the season,
look fro Richmond Academy to be in most games in 2014.
WARNER ROBINS DEMONS
2013 RECORD: 11-2
THE COACH: Bryan Way
THE PLAYERS: Shamair Mitchell (Jr., QB/DB), Danny Hite III (Sr.,
WR/DB), Marquez Callaway (Jr., WR/DB), Jacquan Burns (Sr.,
RB/LB), Arthur Williams (Jr., OL/DL), Scotty Kent (Sr., OL).
THE WORD: The Demons are fortunate enough to feature
dynamic junior Marquez Callaway, a receiver and defensive
back that is already receiving offers from major SEC schools,
such as Georgia and Alabama. Callaway is a gifted 6-2 receiver with speed, with the ability to take defenders deep
and take short passes into big gains. He had six touchdown
receptions in 2013. On defense, he’s an imposing hitter
with coverage skills, highlighted by seven interceptions. At
quarterback, Shamair Mitchell may have the advantage to
replace Caden Johnston at the position. Mitchell is a speedy
athlete that also plays cornerback.