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DWS, Westwood rule GISA All-State football teams

Photo by Daniel Kay

Photo by Daniel Kay

ALBANY -- Both teams won state titles easily with perfect 13-0 records, so it should be no surprise that Deerfield-Windsor and Westwood dominated the GISA All-State football teams that were announced on Wednesday.

Deerfield, which won its third Class AAA state football title last Friday, had five players named to the GISA Class AAA All-State team, and DWS coach Allen Lowe was named the Class AAA Coach of the Year.

Westwood won the sixth state title in its history and first since 2001 last week, and the Wildcats put six members of their 13-0 team on the GISA Class A All-State football team, and coach Ross Worsham was named the Class A Coach of the Year.

"What was fun was winning last Friday,'' said Lowe, whose Knights beat Tattnall Square, 38-22. "Everything else is gravy.''

Lowe has been named the GISA Coach of the Year three times, each following state title runs.

"All of them (state championship teams) are special in their own way,'' Lowe said. "And going 13-0 makes it a little more special. They're all special, but this one is close to my heart right now because it just happened.''

this was the first Deerfield team in the history of the school to go 13-0, and five players who led the way were named to the All-State team.

Quarterback Banks Kinslow, who also plays safety, punts and is the holder on field goals and extra points, set several school records in passing this season and was an easy choice for the All-State team.

Davis Moore, a running back and cornerback, Rhett Cooper a linebacker and tight end who led the defense, Jordan Funderburk, a two-way lineman who was an inspiration to the team, and Quentin Heard, a running back and linebacker, were all named to the All-State team. Heard is the only junior. The other four are seniors.

"We're fortunate to get five,'' Lowe said. "It's not easy to make this team. There are only 28 spots on the team, and I was glad to get five. I'm proud of them and it's definitely an honor for them.''

Westwood, which beat Memorial Day, 31-12, last Friday in Savannah to win the Class A title, ended a perfect season by putting six on the All-State team, and Worsham, who has been coaching for 21 years, including six at Westwood, won his first Coach of the Year award.

"I don't take any credit for that,'' he said. "The kids and the assistant coaches did all the work. I'm just glad to be part of it.

"In 21 years of coaching, I can't remember a year any more special than this one. We went 13-0 and we won the state championship and I got a chance to coach my son. It's pretty special.''

His son, Mason Worsham, a junior quarterback and defensive back, led the way all year and led the way to the All-State team. John Vereen, a senior tight end and defensive end who caught at least one touchdown pass in 12 of the 13 games, was an easy choice to make the team -- as were all six Wildcats.

Jake Edore, a senior running back who also kicks field goals and plays defensive back, and his younger brother, J.T. Edore, a freshman running back and defensive back both were named to the team. Carlton Brooks, a senior who led both sides of Westwood's impressive lines, was named to the team along with Daniel Hays, a junior linebacker who led the defense.

"I don't ever remember a team getting six players from one team on the All-State team,'' Ross Worsham said. "I expected to get four or five, but didn't expect to get six. I'm proud to get six, and I'm proud of all of them.''

Southwest Georgia Academy, which fell to Edmund Burke, 15-14, in the Class AA state semifinals, placed four players on the GISA Class AA All-State team.

Taylor Tabb, who might have been the best Class AA player in all of GISA, led the way. Tabb, a running back and defensive back, and his cousin Troupe Tabb, who also played running back and defensive back, both made the all-State team as seniors.

Quarterback Dillon Driver, a junior, and Vann Harrell, a junior who plays on the offensive line and at linebacker, were named to the team.

Terrell Academy had three players named to the Class A team: Levi Griffin, a senior running back and linebacker, Adam O'Hearn, a senior two-way lineman, and Jonathan Farr, a senior tight end/defensive end helped lead TAE tot eh Class A state semifinals.

Randolplh southern had two players make the Class A team, Quarterback Daylon Blanton and two-way lineman Blake Martin. Both are seniors.

Southland running back Colin Holoway was named to the Class AAA team, and Sherwood Christian had one player named to the Class AAA team, senior defensive end and tight end Chris Roberts.