The GHSA All-State football teams were announced last week with several local players earning high honors.
Northside running back Willie Jordan was named Class-AAAAA Offensive Player of the Year and head coach Kevin Kinsler was named Class-AAAAA Coach of the Year after the Eagles’ run to a championship.
Jordan rushed for 2,246-yards and 31 touchdowns for the year.
Offensive lineman Brandon Sandifer joined his teammate Jordan on the squad as he also garnered first team honors. The standout senior has made a verbal commitment to the University of Florida.
Houston County’s record- setting season also drew attention from the voters as quarterback Jake Fromm and playmaking wide receiver Darion Anderson landed first team honors as well.
Fromm completed over 63 percent of his passes for 3,628-yards and 31 touchdowns during his sophomore campaign. Anderson hauled in 18 of those touchdown passes as he accumulated 1,262-yards and averaged just shy of 23 yards-per-catch.
Senior defensive lineman Stephone Raybon of Warner Robins and sophomore linebacker Kam Burnett of Northside of Northside each earned Honorable mention.
In Class-AAA, Peach County defensive back Tyrique McGhee and running back Keyshawn Lowe earned Honorable mention.
Three local players were chosen to participate in the 2014 Georgia Junior Bowl that took place Tuesday at Atlanta’s Grady Stadium.
The teams are chosen by RisingSeniors.com and serves as an All-Star game for standout junior football prospects from throughout the state.
RisingSeniors.com says they seek, “the student athlete who has made education a focal point as well as those players who have demonstrated leadership qualities, dedication and commitment to their community and teammates, and most importantly to those players who show integrity,” when determining their selections for the game.
Attending this year’s game will be Houston County defensive back and wide receiver Darion Anderson, as well as his teammate, place kicker Jordan Strevig.
Peach County defensive back McGhee was also selected to close out the local contingent.
In other All-Star game selection news, three more local players were chosen to participate in the Georgia Elite Junior Classic that was played Monday at McEachern High School in Powder Springs.
The Georgia Elite Junior Classic also serves as an All-Star game for standout junior football players.
Peach County defensive linemen Keenan Dodson and Leondre Kincy were joined by Veterans’ offensive lineman Nate Lee as member’s of the South team.