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Football: Union's Tanner, Banks' Shockley earn POY honors on 8-2A All-Region

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The Region 8-2A All-Region was released this week.

Union County quarterback Caiden Tanner was named the Offensive Player of the Year after leading Class 2A in passing with 2,893 yards to go with 24 touchdowns.

Banks County running back Andrew Shockley was named the Athlete of Year after leading the region in rushing with 1,261 yards and 14 TDs, which was good for 8th in Class 2A overall despite playing just 10 games. The top two rushers in Class 2A led the entire state, all classifications in 2022.

The selections are made by the region coaches.


REGION 8-2A ALL-REGION TEAM

Player of the year: QB Sam Bush, Athens Academy, Sr.
Offensive player of the year: QB Caiden Tanner, Union County, Sr.
Defensive player of the year: DE Sam Albee, Fellowship Christian, Sr.
Athlete of the year: WR/DB Andrew Shockley, Banks County, Sr.
Coach of the year: Tim McFarlin, Fellowship Christian

First-team offense
QB - Caleb McMickle, Fellowship Christian, Sr. 
RB - C.J. Givers, Fellowship Christian, Fr. 
RB - Jeremiah Wingfield, Athens Academy, So. 
RB - Nick Persiano, Fellowship Christian, Sr. 
WR - Josh Milhollin, Fellowship Christian, Jr. 
WR - Jensen Goble, Union County, Jr. 
WR - Preston Darden, Athens Academy, Jr. 
WR - Aaron Scott, Banks County, Jr. 
OL - Hudson Pizza, Fellowship Christian, Sr. 
OL - Josh Petty, Fellowship Christian, So. 
OL - Tyquese Gresham, East Jackson, Jr. 
OL - Issac Cannizarro, Providence Christian, Jr. 
OL - Bret Griffin, Banks County, Jr. 
OL - Andrew Humphries, Banks County, Jr.

First-team defense
DL - Robert Walker, Banks County, Jr. 
DL - Sean Sargent, Fellowship Christian, Sr. 
DL - Ethan Lopez, Athens Academy, Jr. 
DL - Eli Presley, Providence Christian, Sr. 
DL - Lane Lance, Union County, Jr. 
LB - Gage Barnes, Union County, Sr. 
LB - Gary Maddox III, East Jackson, Sr. 
LB - Kaz Oliver, Banks County, So. 
LB - Kyle Elphick, Fellowship Christian, Sr. 
LB - Rhodes Kleiber, Athens Academy, Sr. 
DB - Aucy Jacobs, Banks County, So. 
DB - Griff Young, Union County, Sr. 
DB - Clay Shepler, Fellowship Christian, Sr. 
DB - Nate Heiss, East Jackson, Jr. 
DB - Austin McGee, Athens Academy, Jr. 

First-team specialists
PK - Nathan Chapman, Fellowship Christian, Jr. 
P - Zac Chapeau, Athens Academy, Jr.
LS - Caleb Silvers, Fellowship Christian, Jr.
 
Second-team offense
QB - Ben Klassen, Providence Christian, Jr. 
RB - Gio Newsome, Athens Academy, Sr. 
RB - Tre Hawkins, Athens Academy, Sr. 
WR - Randy Smith, East Jackson, Sr. 
WR - Matt Miller, Providence Christian, Jr. 
WR - Devin Long, Providence Christian, Sr. 
WR - Tristan Puckett, Athens Academy, So. 
WR - Evan Haynes, Fellowship Christian, So. 
OL - Jamal Neal, East Jackson, Sr. 
OL - Jonathan Shubert, Banks County, Jr. 
OL - Eli Ward, Banks County, Sr. 
OL - Simon Peterson, Providence Christian, Jr. 
OL - Darien Crandall, Athens Academy, Sr. 
OL - Evan Hildebrandt, Fellowship Christian, Jr.
PK - Sully Croker, Providence Christian, Sr.

Second-team defense
DL - Reed Riley, Providence Christian, Sr. 
DL - Levi Johnson, Banks County, So. 
DL - Jimmy Humphries, Athens Academy, Sr. 
DL - Mason Dodd, Banks County, Jr. 
LB - Max Schiefer, Providence Christian, Jr. 
LB - Benton Kleiber, Athens Academy, Sr. 
LB - Brody Stafford, Banks County, Fr. 
DB - Wilson Walker, Union County, Sr. 
DB - Jonathan Granby, Fellowship Christian, Fr. 
DB - K.J. Whitehead, Athens Academy, Sr. 
DB - Sawyer Stock, Fellowship Christian, Sr. 

Honorable mention: Athens Academy - TE Noah Prior, DB Jameri Welch. Banks County - DB Zack Dickey, QB Kolby Watson, QB Caine Griffith, DB Shane Roberts, WR Colin Caudell, LB Ashton Camp, TE Jonathan Burkett, K Iram Lopez, DL Warren Leftwich. East Jackson - QB Drew Richardson, WR Talan Jackson, DB Brayden King, OL Chase Wingfield, DL Tanorie Bonds, K Johnny Benetiz, RB Dekane Williams, LB Jackson Eager, DL Josh Stansell. Fellowship Christian - TE Liam Gibson. Providence Christian - WR Caleb Lee, DB Keegan De Mayo, LB Patton Dunahoo, DE Eli Pressley, LB Dre Booker, RB Quinton Slaughter, WR R.J. Cruz, OL Anthony Oppedisano. Union County - OL Noah Helton, OL Cody Meeks, DL David Heredia, DB Sam Page, OL Ian Sterna.

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