Lee County completed a clean sweep of The Herald's top high school football awards when the Trojans' all-state receiver Sanford Seay won The People's Choice Player of the Year, after winning an online voting poll of Herald readers, who voted for Seay. And overwhelmingly at that.
Lee County quarterback Justin Walker, who threw for more than 3,100 yards and 39 touchdowns while setting the state record in all classes for passing yards in one game with 591 yards against Warner Robins, was named earlier by The Herald's sports staff as the John Reynolds Player of the Year in football.
But this year for the first time in the paper's history, The Herald let the readers vote from a cast of five players on who they thought was the MVP this past season. The new feature saw readers cast a staggering 60,481 votes and Seay received 36,518 of those votes -- a staggering 60 percent.
Westwood quarterback Mason Worsham, who led the Wildcats to a perfect 13-0 record and the GISA Class A state title, was second with 13,180 votes (21 percent). Deerfield-Windsor quarterback Banks Kinslow, who set a number of school records while leading the Knights to the first 13-0 season in school history complete with a GISA Class AAA state title, was third with 8,442 votes (13 percent).
Tailback and safety Taylor Tabb, who did just about everything for Southwest Georgia Academy while leading the Warriors to the GISA Class AA state semifinals, was fourth with 1,650 votes (2 percent), and Walker was fifth with a little more than 1 percent of the votes.
Seay, who verbally committed to the University of Georgia on Thursday, led the Trojans in receptions (68), yards (1,105) and touchdowns (15) while helping Lee County reach the playoffs for the first time since 2005. Seay simply left defensive backs in his wake all season, and was a deep threat, catching over-the-shoulder passes for TDs, and a danger to score every time he touched the ball.
Seay was named to two all-state teams and was named to The Herald's All-Area and All-Metro teams this season.
"The sky is the limit for Sanford,'' Lee County coach Dean Fabrizio said this week. "He has size and speed and great hands. He had a tremendous year for us.''
Seay apparently also has mass appeal and a little charisma to go along with his talent because The Herald readers made him the popular choice as Player of the Year.