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HERALD 2013 FALL SPORTS AWARDS: All-Area football team

PLAYER OF THE YEAR

Stephen Collier, Lee County, Sr., QB

WHY HE’S HERE: The Ohio State signee helped Lee County to the Region 1-AAAAA title, throwing for 2,291 yards on 146 of 304 with 24 touchdowns. He also rushed for 1,021 yards and 20 touchdowns.

PLAYER OF THE YEAR RUNNER-UP

Charles Stafford, Monroe, Sr., QB

WHY HE’S HERE: Last year’s John Reynolds Player of the Year still had a big season and led Monroe to the playoffs. He passed for 2,647 yards on 207 of 318 for 22 touchdowns. He also rushed for 306 yards and seven touchdowns.

ALL-AREA FIRST TEAM

OFFENSE

Shannon Saunders, Westover, Sr., RB

WHY HE’S HERE: Rushed for 1,026 yards and scored eight touchdowns. He also caught seven passes for 105 yards. A vital part of the Patriots’ offense.

Cornelius Bennett, Randolph-Clay, Sr., RB

WHY HE’S HERE: Bennett rushed for 1,342 yards on 174 carries. He also caught 11 passes for 207 yards. The senior totaled 21 touchdowns.

Daryl Brown, Monroe, Jr., RB

WHY HE’S HERE: A major cog for the Tornadoes offense. The dual threat rushed for 708 yards and eight touchdowns, while catching 44 passes for 528 yards and three touchdowns.

Emanuel Davis, Monroe, Sr., WR

WHY HE’S HERE: A big-play threat for the Tornadoes. He hauled in 60 passes for 786 yards and seven touchdowns.

JQ Quimbly, Lee County, Jr., WR

WHY HE’S HERE: Was the Trojans’ No. 1 target in their dangerous passing attack and finished the year with 52 catches for 870 yards and 13 TDs.

Henry Battle, Americus-Sumter, Sr., OL

WHY HE’S HERE: Helped quarterback Jonathan Thomas and running back Wesley Fields have success on offense in 2013.

Jesse Freeman, Lee County, Sr., OL

WHY HE’S HERE: A standout up front for the Trojans. A key reason for Lee County’s offensive success in 2013.

Chris Johnson, Bainbridge, Sr., OL

WHY HE’S HERE: Two-year starter and a major cog for the Bearcats. He graded over 85 percent this season.

Breon King, Crisp County, Sr., OL

WHY HE’S HERE: The senior was the guy Crisp County skill players loved to run behind. He could dominate up front. Graded out at 85 percent.

Ford Roach, Southland, Sr., OL

WHY HE’S HERE: The 6-foot-4, 280-pounder left his mark in the GISA. He was also a standout on the offensive side of the ball. Graded out over 90 percent on offense.

Tanner Stumpe, Westover, Sr., K

WHY HE’S HERE: Stumpe almost seemed automatic this year when he came onto the field. He finished 25 of 27 on extra points and was 9 of 15 on field goals with a long of 50.

Kevin Hopkins, Lee County, Sr., KR/PR

WHY HE’S HERE: A dangerous player who was a threat to return one to the house each time he touched the ball. He did have one kickoff return for a touchdown in 2013.

DEFENSE

Demetrius Kennedy, Lee County, Jr., DL

WHY HE’S HERE: Anchored a solid defensive front that was a big reason the Trojans finished 10-2 in 2013.

Tim McCray, Monroe, Sr., DL

WHY HE’S HERE: It seemed he was a part of every big defensive play for the Tornadoes. He finished with 62 tackles, four for loss, 10 sacks and a safety.

Trenton Thompson, Westover, Jr., DL

WHY HE’S HERE: A monster on the field who ranks as one of the nation’s best. He registered 83 tackles, 12 quarterback sacks and 38 tackles for loss.

Brenton Wimberly, Westover, Sr., DL

WHY HE’S HERE: A major stalwart for the Patriots, he finished with 88 tackles, 20 quarterback sacks, 38 tackles for loss and a fumble recovery.

Tremel Emanuel, Mitchell County, Sr., LB

WHY HE’S HERE: The Eagles’ team leader. He finished with 102 tackles, including 11 for loss. He forced five fumbles, returned a fumble for a touchdown and also intercepted a pass for a touchdown.

Dextric Green, Lee County, Jr., LB

WHY HE’S HERE: The Region 1-AAAAA Defensive Player of the Year wreaked havoc on opposing offenses.

Antonio Leroy, Monroe, So., LB

WHY HE’S HERE: Had a breakout season in 2013. He finished with 113 tackles, 11 for loss, three quarterback sacks, one forced fumble and had a fumble recovery.

Juwon Young, Albany, Sr., LB

WHY HE’S HERE: Young played both offense and defense for the Indians. The Miami (Fla.) signee seemed to be on every big defensive play.

Jaelon Benjamin, Westover, Sr., DB

WHY HE’S HERE: A pure athlete who played on both sides of the ball. He was dangerous, recording 33 tackles and intercepting one pass.

Quan Jamison, Lee County, Sr., DB

WHY HE’S HERE: Anchored a talented Lee County secondary that was tough to throw against.

Jysanti Richardson, Westover, Jr., DB

WHY HE’S HERE: A dangerous athlete who always lurked in the secondary. He finished the season with 62 tackles and recorded eight interceptions.

Robert Speight, Seminole County, Sr., DB

WHY HE’S HERE: The basketball standout had a big football year. He rushed for 698 yards and eight touchdowns on offense. As a defensive standout, he recorded 26 tackles. Most quarterbacks didn’t want to throw his way.

Landon Whitman, Crisp County, Sr., P

WHY HE’S HERE: A top-notch punter and tight end. He averaged 34.8 yards on 49 punts this season, including 10 inside the 20-yard line.

ALL-AREA SECOND TEAM

OFFENSE

Jonathan Thomas, Americus-Sumter, Sr., QB

WHY HE’S HERE: The first-team All-Region 1-AAAA selection was a key performer for the Panthers.

Wesley Fields, Americus-Sumter, Jr., RB

WHY HE’S HERE: Fields accounted for much of Americus-Sumter’s offense. He will be a player to keep an eye on next season.

Javonte Smith, Seminole County, Sr., RB

WHY HE’S HERE: He made things happen when he had the ball. He finished with 769 yards on 122 carries and scored five touchdowns.

Anfreenee Williams, Mitchell County, Sr., RB

WHY HE’S HERE: The all-purpose back did a little of everything. He rushed for 833 yards and nine touchdowns in 2013.

Kimetric Parks, Monroe, Jr., WR

WHY HE’S HERE: An explosive receiver on offense. He hauled in 34 catches for 543 yards and five touchdowns in 2013.

Ricardo Sloan, Dougherty, Sr., WR

WHY HE’S HERE: Sloan had a strong season in 2013. The playmaker finished with 52 catches for 653 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Jeff Bradley, Worth County, Sr., OL

WHY HE’S HERE: Bradley had a strong 2013 and was a key reason for the Rams’ success in the Wing-T offense.

Davis Gill, Deerfield-Windsor, Sr., OL

WHY HE’S HERE: The two-year starter was a standout on the offensive front that helped produce a 1,000-yard rusher.

Johnathan Leverett, Americus-Sumter, Sr., OL

WHY HE’S HERE: A big presence up front who helped the Panthers achieve offensive success.

Jaquri Shingles, Westover, Sr., OL/TE

WHY HE’S HERE: Emerged as a go-to-guy for the Patriots. He caught 24 passes for 350 yards and a touchdown. Also graded out at 92 percent.

Casey Wood, Mitchell County, Sr., OL

WHY HE’S HERE: Had a strong season for the Eagles. He had 16 pancake blocks.

Harry Vildibill, Deerfield-Windsor, Jr., K

WHY HE’S HERE: Finished 38 of 42 on extra points and 4 of 9 on field goals, including a long of 45 yards.

Bruce Bryant, Mitchell County, Sr., ATH

WHY HE’S HERE: Bryant was a key reason for all of Mitchell’s offensive success. He passed for 740 yards, rushed for 911, scored six 2-point conversions and finished with 15 total touchdowns.

Craig Cooper, Bainbridge, Sr., KR/PR

WHY HE’S HERE: Did everything for the Bearcats. He had 289 yards on kickoff returns, caught 11 passes for 151 yards and two touchdowns. Also had 56 tackles on defense, broke up eight passes and had three interceptions.

DEFENSE

Matthew Fox, Deerfield-Windsor, Sr., DL

WHY HE’S HERE: Did it all for the Knights. He finished with 54 tackles and six quarterback sacks. He also rushed for 1,198 yards on offense.

Elijah Johnson, Crisp County, Sr., DL

WHY HE’S HERE: The defensive standout finished with 80 tackles, 29 for loss, 8.5 quarterback sacks, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and an interception returned for a touchdown.

Aubrey Solomon, Lee County, Fr., DL

WHY HE’S HERE: The freshman disrupted opposing offenses. He teamed with Demetrius Kennedy to anchor a strong defensive front.

Kendrick Williams, Seminole County, Jr., DL

WHY HE’S HERE: Terrorized opposing offenses. He finished with 61 tackles, 11 for loss and recorded eight quarterback sacks.

Don Bolden, Randolph-Clay, Sr., LB

WHY HE’S HERE: Talented defensive standout finished with 56 tackles, 14 for loss, one interception returned for a touchdown, two fumble recoveries and three forced fumbles.

Greg Cooper, Bainbridge, Sr., LB

WHY HE’S HERE: Recorded 88 tackles, 14 for loss, four quarterback sacks and one interception. He also broke up four passes.

Nick Michas, Deerfield-Windsor, Sr., LB

WHY HE’S HERE: The three-year starter led the team in tackles. He finished 2013 with 122 total tackles.

Antravious Parks, Westover, Jr., LB

WHY HE’S HERE: Finished the season with 113 tackles, 16 for loss. Also recorded six quarterback sacks.

Eric Burrows, Worth County, So., DB

WHY HE’S HERE: This guy will only get better. He recorded 51 tackles with a fumble recovery, four interceptions and five pass deflections in 2013.

Julian Colwell, Westover, Sr., DB

WHY HE’S HERE: Versatile player made his mark on defense. He finished with 35 tackles and an interception. Also handled all the team’s return duties.

Justin Elijah, Seminole County, Sr., DB

WHY HE’S HERE: Part of Seminole County’s standout secondary. He finished with 44 tackles, one interception and 31 pass break-ups.

Danny Rambo, Seminole County, Jr., DB

WHY HE’S HERE: A versatile player who did a variety of things. He finished with 39 tackles, five interceptions and 24 pass break-ups.

Josh King, Mitchell County, Jr., P

WHY HE’S HERE: He averaged 33.9 yards per punt in 2013.

ALL-METRO TEAM

OFFENSE

Stephen Collier, Lee County, Sr., QB

Shannon Saunders, Westover, Sr., RB

Daryl Brown, Monroe, Jr., RB

Matthew Fox, Deerfield-Windsor, Sr., RB

Emanuel Davis, Monroe, Sr., Monroe, WR

JQ Quimbly, Lee County, Jr., WR

Ricardo Sloan, Dougherty, Sr., WR

Jeff Bradley, Worth County, Sr., OL

Jesse Freeman, Lee County, Sr., OL

Davis Gill, Deerfield-Windsor, Sr., OL

Jaquri Shingles, Westover, Sr., OL

Harry Vildibill, Deerfield-Windsor, Sr., K

Charles Stafford, Monroe, Sr., Athlete

Kevin Hopkins, Lee County, Sr., KR/PR

DEFENSE

Demetrius Kennedy, Lee County, Jr., DL

Tim McCray, Monroe, Sr., DL

Trenton Thompson, Westover, Jr., DL

Brenton Wimberly, Westover, Sr., DL

Dextric Green, Lee County, Jr., LB

Antonio Leroy, Monroe, So., LB

Nick Michas, Deerfield-Windsor, Sr., LB

Antravious Parks, Westover, Jr., LB

Juwon Young, Albany, Sr., LB

Jaelon Benjamin, Westover, Sr., DB

Julian Colwell, Westover, Sr., DB

Quan Jamison, Lee County, Sr., DB

Jysanti Richardson, Westover, Sr., DB

Tanner Stumpe, Westover, Sr., P

HONORABLE MENTION: Bainbridge – Preston Norris, Aaron Calloway, Shawon Gardner, Daniel Provence, Dalin Mack, Calvin Isom, Tramaine McCray; Crisp County – Witt Campbell, Gregory Harvey, Alfred Patrick, Montre Hartage, Jarkevius Glover; Deerfield-Windsor – Grey Lanier, Austin Fallaw; Dougherty – Jalen Scott; Mitchell County – Anthony Murray, Vernon Johnson, Quintin Sanders; Monroe – Cornelius Jenkins; Seminole County – Brendan Kimble, Steve Boyd, Aaron Baskerville; Sherwood Christian – Kenny Brown, Chris Thomas, Chris Hudson, Stephen Tosky; Southland – Alan Gleeson, Dustin Shattles, Lance Harrod; Westover – Ta’Keevian Harris; Worth County – Trey Lucas, Jatavious Curry, Zytavious Anderson, Quantavious Sweney, Greg Clark, Kyle Evans, JeCard Parker.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The following schools did not return their nomination forms: Lee County, Americus-Sumter, Albany, Early County, Pelham, Calhoun County, Miller County, Terrell County, Crisp Academy, Southwest Georgia Academy, Terrell Academy and Westwood.