High School Sports

Washington County’s Hunt involved on both sides of ball

SANDERSVILLE -- For a lot of high school football teams, Logan Hunt would be the main attraction.

Hunt, a senior tight end and defensive end, is in on a lot of plays for Washington County. He’s the No. 2 tackler on the team with 81, with 15 tackles for loss, 10 sacks, an interception, a defensive touchdown and a fumble recovery. He’s also the top receiver, racking up 667 yards and three touchdowns.

And he can throw a good block, too. He has helped quarterback AJ Gray rack up 2,236 rushing yards as the Golden Hawks make their way to the GHSA Class AAA championship game for the second year in a row. They face Calhoun at 4:30 p.m. on Friday at the Georgia Dome.

“He’s a tremendous player, and he is one of the main leaders of this football team,” Washington County head coach Joel Ingram said of Hunt. “I will say this without hesitation. He’s one of the best defensive ends/tight ends in Georgia, regardless of classification.”

In a program where Gray, the Gatorade Georgia Football Player of the Year, has captured most of the attention, Hunt has carved out quite a niche for himself. While Washington County goes with a run-first offense, the Golden Hawks throw the ball quite a bit, too. Gray has 1,668 passing yards, and Hunt’s catches make up 40 percent of that total.

In last week’s semifinal win over Blessed Trinity, Hunt caught four passes for 67 yards. He also had a key fourth-down sack midway through the second quarter that stopped Blessed Trinity well inside Washington County territory.

“He’s a hard worker,” said linebacker Will Coneway, the team’s leading tackler. “He’s a monster on the field.”

Hunt committed to Georgia Southern in August, although he will make an official visit to North Carolina in January. He’s one of at least three Washington County players who is set to sign with NCAA Division I programs in February, joining Gray (Georgia Tech) and Coneway (Mercer).

“These guys we have who are going to play at the next level, I know they’re going to do well,” Ingram said. “It’s not like they’re not going to have to be broken down and molded. Everybody will have that to a degree. But Logan is one of those who really understands. He has a very keen awareness of himself. He knows what his strengths are, what his weaknesses are, and he works at it. He’s always working and watching tape.

“When we get to Monday, he’s already watched the game film three or four times. We haven’t had to have to drag the kids in to watch the previous game’s film because this group. They watch it, and they know exactly what they need to do.”