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Football: Appling named Region 8-5A Co-COY; Johnson, Buford players make first team

By Bo Wilson Sports Editor

Buford first-year head coach Bryant Appling was named Region 8-5A Co-Coach of the Year four days after leading the Wolves to their first state title since 2014 on Friday at Georgia State Stadium.

The Wolves rallied to beat Warner Robins, 17-14, in overtime for the program's 12th championship. Appling shares the Coach of the Year honors with Clarke Central's Dave Perno whose team beat the Wolves for the Region 8-5A title in November.

Several other northeast Georgia players were named to the All-Region first team, including Johnson running back Nolan Bullock and linebacker Caleb Jackson. Bullock led the Knights in rushing with 900 yards and 8 touchdowns. He also hauled in 108 yards. Jackson was the top tackler on the team with 56, 43 solo.

(The selections are made by the region coaches and/or representatives.)

Several other northeast Georgia area players took home key awards as well. Below is the entire All-Region team:

Region 8-5A All-Region Team

Player of the Year: Issac Ward, Clarke Central
Co-Offensive Player of the Year: Jairus Mack, Clarke Central
O'Brien Barnett, Clarke Central
Defensive POY: Sheldon Arnold, Loganville

Offense

OL - Steven Wakefield, Cedar Shoals
OL - Montavious Cunningham, Clarke Central
OL - Brian Leahy, Clarke Central
OL - Seth McLaughlin, Buford
OL - Jacob Smith, Buford
RB - Nolan Bullock, Johnson
RB - Elijah Turner, Buford
HBack/FB/TE - Rickil Willingham, Cedar Shoals
QB - Tanner Greene, Loganville
WR - Trevon Williams, Loganville
WR - Jalen Gary, Clarke Central
WR - Jake Pope, Buford

Defense

DB - Douglas Clark, Clarke Central
DB - Tracy Hill, Clarke Central
DB - Danny Benitez, Buford
DB - Preston Little, Walnut Grove
DL - Jaheim Wilson, Cedar Shoals
DL - Kolbe Cooper, Clarke Central
DL - Neto Okpala, Loganville
DL - Jackson Powell, Buford
LB - Teryone Campbell, Cedar Shoals
LB - Jalen Jackson, Cedar Shoals
LB - Caleb Jackson, Johnson
LB - Tommy Beuglas, Buford

Special Teams

K - Christian Bryan, Clarke Central
P - Hayden Olsen, Buford
Specialist - Jaiden Williams, Cedar Shoals

Honorable Mention

Caleb Allen, Cedar Shoals
Jeffeson Perela, Cedar Shoals
William Fang, Cedar Shoals
Avery Fortson, Cedar Shoals
Tim Riden, Cedar Shoals
Zykese Hancock, Cedar Shoals
David Cross, Cedar Shoals
Juan Silas, Cedar Shoals
Jerdavian Colbert, Cedar Shoals
Amari Fulton, Clarke Central
Sidney Barnett, Clarke Central
Ken Ford, Clarke Central
Tye Milsap, Clarke Central
Kasey Cowan, Clarke Central
Chris Johnson, Clarke Central
Vashon Johnson, Johnson
Justin Long, Johnson
Xzavior Ramsey, Johnson
Jack Luttrell, Johnson
J.B. Seay, Loganville
Cameron Williams, Loganville
Austin May, Loganville
Micah Cordle, Loganville
Dozie Okpala, Loganville
Isaiah Escoffery, Loganville
Landon Spooner, Loganville
Chase Ransom, Loganville
Will Akin, Loganville
Michael Mason, Loganville
Evan Vaughan, Loganville
JJ Thomas, Walnut Grove
Kyle Smith, Walnut Grove
Adam Head, Walnut Grove
David Herron, Walnut Grove
Chad Walden, Walnut Grove

 

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