High School Sports

The Numbers Game: The 70s

The Numbers Game

Numbers 79-70

No. 70

Wayne Johnson, Willingham, football

Bio: Johnson was named the Telegraph's best player in Macon as a high school senior in 1964 during the Rams’ best season in school history. “Buffalo” would play in the 1965 GHSA All-Star Game in Atlanta. He signed with Florida State, where he would letter three years beginning in 1967.

Why we picked him: Johnson earned all-state honors in 1964, making him one of just six players in school history to make an all-state team.

Others to consider

Nic Riley, Houston County, football: Riley is the only player in Houston County history to make two all-state teams when he made it in 2003-2004. He played college ball at Troy.

No. 71

George Collins, Warner Robins, football

Bio: Collins was just the fifth all-state player in Warner Robins history when he made the team in 1973. He then went to Georgia where he started at guard for two seasons. Collins was a starter on the Bulldogs’ 1976 SEC Championship team, but it was a year later when he received most of his accolades. He was voted to the All-SEC team in 1977, and he was named the top SEC lineman by the Birmingham News. The Sporting News named Collins to its All-American team in 1977. Collins was drafted by the St. Louis Cardinals, where he played for five seasons. He also played for the Jacksonville Bulls of the USFL. Collins is currently the head football coach at Rutland, and he also coached Houston County and Perry.

Why we picked him: Collins was one of the early building blocks of the Warner Robins football program. Collins was a senior during Robert Davis’ first year as a head coach, and he played a pivotal role in the Demons’ first-ever 10-win season in 1973.

Others to consider

Tim Walker, Northside, football: Walker went from all-state honors at Northside to making four straight all-conference teams at Savannah State. He then became Northside’s first ever pro football player when he played for the Seattle Seahawks in 1980.

Alonzo Jackson, Americus, football: An all-state pick at Americus from 1996-98, Jackson would start for two years at Florida State before playing 18 games in the NFL for the Steelers, Eagles and Giants.

No. 72

Julius Adams, Ballard-Hudson, football

Bio: Adams followed a prep career at Ballard-Hudson with a two-time all-conference run at Texas Southern in 1968 and 1970. The New England Patriots drafted Adams in the second round of the 1971 NFL Draft. Adams would go on to play his entire 15-season career for the Patriots. Adams started as a rookie in 1971 and earned UPI All-Rookie honors. He earned a Pro Bowl appearance in 1980 after leading the Patriots with nine sacks. Adams played in the Patriots’ Super Bowl loss to the Chicago Bears in 1986.

Why we picked him: Few Middle Georgians have as illustrious pro career as Adams. He combined quality with longevity. Adams made both the Patriots’ All-1970s team and the All-1980s team. He was also selected to the Patriots’ 35th anniversary team in 1994, and he remained on the team when the 50th anniversary team was picked in 2009.

Others to consider

Jiggy Smaha, Lanier, football: Smaha was named the state lineman of the year as a high school senior in 1963 before lettering at Georgia and eventually getting drafted by the Cleveland Browns.

Michael Bozeman, Hawkinsville, football: Bozeman made the all-state team as a senior in 2000. He then lettered four years at Ole Miss and was named the team's senior MVP in 2005.

J.W. McKinnie, Mark Smith, football: McKinnie earned three letters as a lineman and receiver at Florida State in the late 1960s.

No. 73

Craig Hertwig, Mark Smith, football

Bio: Hertwig bloomed into a standout football player at Georgia, where he played tackle from 1972-74. The 6-foot-8 giant earned the full-time starting role his final two seasons. Hertwig was named to the AP All-SEC and AP All-American team in 1974. He was the Bulldogs’ offensive captain as a senior. The Detroit Lions drafted Hertwig in the fourth round in 1975. He started 14 games for the Lions in 1977. Hertwig died in May.

Why we picked him: Hertwig gained the edge over George Foster because of quality of his college career. Foster was better in high school, and the two are pretty even as pro players. Only two Georgia offensive tackles – Mike Wilson and Matt Stinchcomb – have earned AP All-American honors in the 38 years following Hertwig’s designation, and only four Georgia offensive tackles have ever made the AP All-American team.

Others to consider

George Foster, Southeast, football: Arguably the best player in Southeast history, Foster started for a season at Georgia before being drafted in the first round of the 2003 NFL Draft by the Broncos. He has played for the Lions, Browns and Saints.

Pete Jenkins, Hawkinsville, football: Jenkins earned all-state honors in 1958 and later served as an assistant coach at Auburn, LSU and with the Philadelphia Eagles.

No. 74

Mike Washington, Baldwin, football Bio: Washington became the first Baldwin player to earn back-to-back selections to all-state teams when he earned recognition from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution in 1989 and 1990. He played in the GHSA’s all-star game following his senior season. Washington earned four letters at South Carolina following his standout career at Baldwin.

Why we picked him: Only four Baldwin players – Washington, Dante Beckham, Corico Hawkins and Darius Marshall – have made two all-state teams in their prep careers.

Others to consider

Marc McCall, Wilcox County, football: An all-state pick in 1991, McCall played college ball at East Carolina.

No. 75

Maurice Hurt, Baldwin, football

Bio: Hurt was an all-state selection as a senior at Baldwin in 2005, and he was one of the top prospects in Georgia coming out of high school. Hurt went to Florida, where he played in 41 games, including 17 starts. His versatility was evident during the 2010 season where he started at three different positions on the offensive line. The Washington Redskins selected Hurt in the seventh round of the 2011 NFL Draft. Hurt started eight games during his rookie season for the Redskins.

Why we picked him: Hurt dominated as a high school offensive lineman before lettering for four seasons at Florida. He was a part of several memorable teams at Florida, including the 2008 SEC Championship squad. He protected Tim Tebow while playing for the Gators in their 2009 BCS Championship game win over Oklahoma.

Others to consider

Cedric Cornish, Northside, football: Cornish made the all-state team in 1981 before signing with Georgia.

Jimmy Harper, Dodge County, football: Harper started for two seasons at Georgia earning second-team All-SEC honors (AP) in 1981 and first-team All-SEC honors (UPI) in 1982.

James Holland, Willingham, football: Holland was an all-around good athlete, holding school records in baseball, basketball and track and field before signing with Georgia Tech.

Terry Jones, Washington County, football: Jones didn’t receive much recognition in high school, but he played at Alabama and later for seven seasons with the Green Bay Packers.

No. 76

Al Lucas, Northeast, football

Bio: Lucas earned honorable mention all-state honors from the AP and Atlanta Journal-Constitution as a senior in 1995. He went on to a standout career at Troy, where he earned All-Southland Conference honors in 1998 and 1999. Lucas dominated during the 1999 season, earning the Buck Buchanan Award as Division I-AA’s top defensive player. He helped lead the Trojans to the I-AA quarterfinals and earned AP All-American honors. Lucas played two seasons for the Carolina Panthers and later three seasons in the Arena Football League. He made the AFL All-Rookie team while helping the Tampa Bay Storm win the ArenaBowl in 2003. While playing with the AFL’s Los Angeles Avengers, Lucas died in 2005 after injuries suffered during a game.

Why we picked him: Lucas was a dominant player on the field, particularly at Troy and later in the AFL. But his legacy has been just as great. The AFL renamed its Hero Award, the Al Lucas Award, and the Al Lucas Memorial Scholarship Fund still continues.

Others to consider

Tony Guyton, Dublin, football: A standout at Dublin, Guyton earned three letters at South Carolina and earned All-South Independent honors in 1985.

Kelvin McDavis, Northside, football: McDavis was a four-year letterwinner at Valdosta State and started on the Blazers’ 2004 national championship team.

Red McDaniel, Central, football: Playing at Georgia Tech, McDaniel won the John Heisman Award as the Yellow Jackets’ best defensive lineman in 1975. He started two years for Tech.

Seth Watts, Washington County, football: The two-time all-state offensive lineman and top-level recruit played at Georgia.

No. 77

Bill Spivey, Warner Robins, basketball

Bio: Spivey started out at Jordan High in Columbus, came to Warner Robins and attended school in Bonaire. He would later get cut from the team at Lanier, and played on the first teams at Warner Robins, according to Telegraph archives, where he averaged 22 and 29 points during two seasons. Spivey then headed to Kentucky to play for Adolph Rupp, becoming one of the first prominent 7-footers in NCAA basketball. Spivey led Kentucky to the 1951 NCAA championship game against Kansas State. Spivey was named Most Outstanding Player of the tournament to go along with All-American honors and two All-SEC teams. He broke the school record for single-game scoring, and his 31 rebounds in a game in 1951 remains a school record 61 years later. Spivey, however, was later implicated but not convicted in a point-shaving scandal, which ended his college eligibility and killed a chance at a NBA career. Kentucky retired Spivey’s number posthumously, and he was also inducted into the Kentucky Sports Hall of Fame.

Why we picked him: The potential scandal notwithstanding, Spivey is one of the more dominant basketball players to ever come out of Middle Georgia. Can there be many bigger honors than having your jersey retired by Kentucky basketball? He didn’t appear to be finished progressing as a player before he received a lifetime ban from the NBA. No one will ever know just how great Spivey might have been in the NBA.

Quotable: “(Spivey) had the potential to be one of the top five centers to have ever played the game,” former Kentucky coach Joe B. Hall was quoted as saying to CBS SportsLine.com reporter Gregg Doyel in 2005.

Others to consider

Ben Claxton, Dublin, football: After an all-state senior year at Dublin, Claxton started 37 games at Ole Miss, and he made two AP All-SEC second teams before playing for the Atlanta Falcons and Arizona Cardinals.

Neil Jordan, Monticello, football: Jordan scored 25 touchdowns for Monticello in 1956 as the team went 12-0 and won a state championship.

Willie McIntee, Dooly County, football: McIntee earned four letters at South Carolina beginning in 1983 after a strong prep career.

Victor Perry, Fitzgerald, football: Perry was all-state in 1982 before earning starting on the offensive line for three years at Georgia. He played in the NFL with the St. Louis Cardinals in 1987.

No. 78

Antwoin Daniels, Mary Persons, football

Bio: Daniels earned an all-state selection as a senior after totaling 35 pancake blocks as a senior. He allowed only two sacks in 30 career high school games. He went to Auburn, where he earned three letters as an offensive lineman.

Why we picked him: Daniels followed a solid high school career with three years of productive play at Auburn.

No. 79

Trevor Jenkins, Stratford, football

Bio: Jenkins capped a standout prep career with 27 tackles for loss and eight sacks as a senior at Stratford. He won state titles in track and field and later earned won the Selby Buck Award as Middle Georgia’s top high school athlete. Jenkins started 37 consecutive games at Middle Tennessee State. He finished his career with 47 games played, most by any player in the FBS era, and with 25 tackles for loss, which was tied for eighth most in school history. He was voted Middle Tennessee Student Athlete of the Year in 2008, and he earned second-team All-Sun Belt Conference honors and was a finalist for the Rudy Award.

Why we picked him: Jenkins is one of the most dominant players in GISA history. Sandwiched between the other two highly recruited Stratford defensive linemen Le Kevin Smith and Michael Lemon, Jenkins may have had the best college career of the three.

Others to consider

Walter Rouse, Crisp County, football: Rouse landed on an all-state team in 1991 before earning two letters at Georgia.

Ben Harden, Perry, football: Harden made an all-state team in 2005 before signing with Georgia.

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