Tuesday June 18th, 2024 11:21PM

Four area athletes nominated to Georgia HS Football HOF

By Bo Wilson Sports Editor

The Georgia High School Football Hall of Fame has released its list of 100 nominees for the Class of 2024. 

Four area players have made the list, with only one making their debut, Banks County’s Terry Allen. Allen is one of 40 first-time nominees this year. 

Allen starred as a running back at Banks County in the mid-80s and played college football at Clemson. The Minnesota Vikings drafted him in the ninth round of the NFL Draft. From 1992 to 1996, he posted four 1,000-yard rushing seasons. In 1996, Allen led the NFL in rushing touchdowns with 21. He also rushed for a career-high 1,353 yards with the Washington Redskins. Allen played for Washington, New England, New Orleans, and Baltimore. He finished his career with 8,614 rushing yards and 1,601 receiving yards and a combined 79 touchdowns. 

Habersham Central receiver Tavares King, who played for the Raiders in the mid-2000s, returns to the ballot for the second time. He went on to star at the University of Georgia. King was drafted in the fifth round of the NFL Draft by the Denver Broncos and played five seasons in the NFL — Carolina, Jacksonville, Tampa Bay, New York Giants and Minnesota. 

Riverside Military’s Everett Strupper returns to the ballot for the third time. He played for the Eagles in the early 1900s. Also a three-time nominee is Commerce’s Runt Moon from 1973. 

The AccessWDUN Sports coverage area currently has three members in the Hall of Fame: QB Billy Lothridge, Gainesville (1959), RB Monte Williams, Commerce (2000) and RB Darius Walker, Buford (2003)

The Hall of Fame board, comprised of 38 past and present coaches, players, administrators, and media members, will complete voting by the end of May and select a 30-member Class of 2024. The class is set to be inducted on Saturday, October. 26, at the College Football Hall of Fame in Atlanta. 

Below is a full list of nominees. There are 40 first-timers and 60 returning nominees. 

FIRST TIME NOMINEES

B/LB Jack "The Ripper" Roberts, Albany (1927)

HB Bill Paschal, Tech (1939)

HB Frank Broyles, Decatur (1941)

HB Jack Peek, Tech (1944)

HB Bobby North, Tech (1946)

E John Carson, Roosevelt (1948)

QB Kim King, Brown (1962)

RB/WR Giles Smith, Valdosta (1962)

WR Billy Brice, Avondale (1966)

QB Bobby Scott, Rossville (1966)

RB Brent Cunningham, Putnam County (1967)

WR Alfred Jenkins, Hogansville (1968)

WR/DB Frank Pitts, Archer (1960)

G/LB Wallace Davis, Spencer (1962)

LB Harold McLinton, Harper (1964)

OL Robert Shaw, Wheeler (1974)

L Mack Guest, Central  (Macon) (1974)

QB Gordon Beckham Jr., Westminster (1978)

RB Ricky Williams, Griffin (1978)

QB Homer Jordan, Cedar Shoals (1978)

LB/RB Knox Culpepper, Lovett (1980)

RB Cedric Jones, Lowndes (1980)

RB David McCluskey, West Rome (1982)

LB Jessie Tuggle, Griffin (1982)

QB James Jackson, Mitchell-Baker (1983)

RB Terry Allen, Banks County (1985)

DL David Rocker, Fulton (1986)

LB Curt Douglas, Lincoln County (1987)

LB Dexter Daniels, Valdosta (1991)

DL Travis Stroud, Dunwoody (1993)

L Curt McGill, Brookwood (1996)

QB David Greene, South Gwinnett (1999)

DB Thomas Davis, Randolph-Clay (2000)

LB Sam Olajubutu, LaGrange (2001)

WR Demaryius Thomas, West Laurens (2005)

DB Reshad Jones, Washington (2005)

DL Abry Jones, Northside-Warner Robins (2008)

DB/TE Alec Ogletree, Newnan (2009)

RB Isaiah Crowell, Carver-Columbus (2010)

OL Mitch Hyatt, North Gwinnett (2014)


RETURNING NOMINEES

B Everett Strupper, Riverside Military (1913)

E Tom Nash, Washington-Wilkes (1922)

FB Johnny "Stumpy" Thomason, Tech (1924)

H Lauren Hargrove, Fitzgerald (1948)

B Max Mason, Rockmart (1950)

HB Johnny Menger, Richmond Academy (1952)

L Ken Rice, Bainbridge (1956)

L Phil Ashe, Stone Mountain (1956)

L Pete Case, Decatur (1957)

RB Jimmy Burson, LaGrange (1958)

B Len Hauss, Wayne County (1959)

RB Marvin Hurst, Waycross (1961)

L Edgar Chandler, Cedartown (1963)

QB/RB Dennis Chadwick, Decatur (1967)

RB Isaac Jackson, Lanier-Macon (1969)

RB Doyle Orange, Waycross (1969)

B Milton Byard, Risley (Brunswick) (1950)

QB John Henry Jackson, Spencer (1957)

QB Silas Jamison, Booker T. Washington (1959)

DE/LB Tommy Hart, Ballard-Hudson (1963)

DB Ken Ellis, Bunche (Camden County) (1965)

QB Jack Pitts, Trinity (Decatur) (1965)

L Henry Childs, Douglass-Thomasville (1969)

QB Jeff Bower, Roswell (1970)

QB Stan Bounds, Valdosta (1971)

LB Andy Spiva, Chamblee (1972)

RB Runt Moon, Commerce (1973)

LB Ben Zambiasi, Mount de Sales (1973)

DE Reggie Wilkes, Southwest Atlanta (1973)

OL Kent Hill, Americus (1974)

QB Jim Bob Harris, Clark Central (1977)

LB Chip Banks, Laney (1977)

L Lee North, Shamrock (1977)

DB Joey Browner, Southwest Atlanta (1978)

RB Robert Lavette, Cartersville (1980)

OL Bill Mayo, Dalton (1980)

QB Vince Sutton, LaGrange (1983)

RB Jerry Mays, Thomson (1984)

DL John Johnson, LaGrange (1986)

LB/DL Coleman Rudolph, Valdosta (1988)

QB Terry Harvey, Dacula (1990)

OL Clay Shiver, Tift County (1990)

RB Robert Toomer, Worth County (1991)

QB Rodney Hudson, LaGrange (1992)

OL Cosey Coleman, Southwest DeKalb (1995)

RB Patrick Pass, Tucker (1995)

RB Jasper Sanks, Carver-Columbus (1996)

RB Joe Burns, Thomas County Central (1997)

QB Fabian Walker, Americus (1998)

RB Daccus Turman, Washington-Wilkes (2000)

TE Leonard Pope, Americus (2001)

DL Kedric Golston, Sandy Creek (2001)

LB Tray Blackmon, LaGrange (2004)

OL Chris Scott, Lovejoy (2004)

OL Duke Robinson, Washington (2004)

DL Jermaine Cunningham, Stephenson (2005)

RB Jonathan Dwyer, Kell (2006)

WR Tavarres King, Habersham Central (2007)

RB/LB Jonathan Davis, Tucker (2008)

QB Hutson Mason, Lassiter (2009)

There are 85 members of the Georgia High School Football Hall of Fame. Below is the full list of the Hall of Famers.

HB Bob McWhorter, Gordon Institute (1909)

E Vernon "Catfish" Smith, Lanier-Macon (1927)

B Bill Hartman, Georgia Military Prep (1933)

HB Clint Castleberry, Boys (1941)

B Billy Henderson, Lanier-Macon (1945)

E George Maloof, Marist (1947)

QB Pepper Rodgers, Brown (1949)

B Larry Morris, Decatur (1950)

OL Jim Parker, Ballard-Hudson (1951)

G/LB Pat Dye, Richmond Academy (1956)

QB Fran Tarkenton, Athens (1956)

QB Stan Gann, Northside-Atlanta (1957)

B Ernie Green, Spencer (1957)

QB Billy Lothridge, Gainesville (1959)

L Bill Curry, College Park (1959)

QB Dan Reeves, Americus (1960)

QB Bruce Bennett, Valdosta (1961)

B Emerson Boozer, Laney (1961)

OL Rayfield Wright, Fairmont (1962)

L Bill Stanfill, Cairo (1964)

L Otis Sistrunk, Spencer (1964)

DL Julius Adams, Ballard-Hudson (1965)

DB Mel Blount, Lyons Industrial (1965)

L/FB Chip Kell, Avondale (1966)

WR/CB Clarence Scott, Trinity (1966)

QB Charlie Dudish, Avondale (1967)

QB/DB Buzy Rosenberg, Northside-Atlanta (1968)

QB/P Ray Guy, Thomson (1968)

RB Andy Johnson, Athens (1969)

QB Ray Goff, Moultrie (1972)

QB Anthony Flanagan, Southwest Atlanta (1973)

LB Lucius Sanford, West Fulton (1973)

WR/TE Stan Rome, Valdosta (1973)

RB Eddie Lee Ivery, Thomson (1974)

RB William Andrews, Thomasville (1974)

LB Mackel Harris, Americus (1975)

OL/LB Ray Donaldson, East Rome (1975)

RB George Rogers, Duluth (1976)

QB/DB Scott Woerner, Jonesboro (1976)

RB James Brooks, Warner Robins (1976)

DL Ron Simmons, Warner Robins (1976)

DL/FB Larry Kinnebrew, East Rome (1977)

QB Buck Belue, Valdosta (1977)

TE/L Guy McIntyre, Thomasville (1978)

DL Richard Dent, Murphy (1978)

RB Herschel Walker, Johnson County (1979)

LB/DB Pat Swilling, Stephens County (1981)

OL John Davis, Gilmer (1982)

DL Tracy Rocker, Fulton (1983)

RB Keith Henderson, Cartersville (1984)

TE Shannon Sharpe, Glennville (1985)

QB Charlie Ward, Central-Thomasville (1987)

LB/DB Ken Swilling, Stephens County (1987)

RB Garrison Hearst, Lincoln County (1989)

WR Andre Hastings, Morrow (1989)

QB Eric Zeier, Marietta (1990)

QB Al Pinkins, Mitchell-Baker (1990)

LB Randall Godfrey, Lowndes (1991)

TE/OL Adam Meadows, McEachern (1991)

OL Jeff Saturday, Shamrock (1992)

QB Mike Bobo, Thomasville (1992)

QB Hines Ward, Forest Park (1993)

DL Marcus Stroud, Brooks County (1994)

OL Matt Stinchcomb, Parkview (1994)

LB/TE Takeo Spikes, Washington County (1994)

DB Deon Grant, Josey (1995)

OL Jeff Backus, Norcross (1995)

QB Quincy Carter, Southwest DeKalb (1995)

DB Champ Bailey, Charlton County (1995)

RB Jamal Lewis, Douglass (1996)

RB/DL Charles Grant, Miller County (1997)

OL Jon Stinchcomb, Parkview (1997)

QB Terrence Edwards, Washington County (1997)

WR Reggie Brown, Carrollton (1998)

RB Ronnie Brown, Cartersville (1999)

RB Monte Williams, Commerce (2000)

DL David Pollack, Shiloh (2000)

QB D.J. Shockley, North Clayton (2000)

DB/WR Jeff Francoeur, Parkview (2001)

RB Darius Walker, Buford (2003)

DL Charles Johnson, Hawkinsville (2003)

WR Calvin Johnson, Sandy Creek (2003)

QB/DB Eric Berry, Creekside (2006)

LB Rennie Curran, Brookwood (2006)

LB Jarvis Jones, Carver-Columbus (2008)

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