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Watch for profiles of our Terrific 10 throughout the year!

 

 
  • Ed Christian OL 6-5 280  Lowndes  Florida State commit--

     One of the top lineman in the southeast who is such a great athlete Lowndes coach Randy McPherson has said he may move Christian to defense this season
 
  • Fred Holton DB 6-1 196  Thomasville  Georgia Tech

 The Jackets are getting a defensive back who loves to punish receivers and anyone else carrying the football


 


Thomasville High defensive back Fred Holton is a fan of former Georgia Tech receiving great Calvin Johnson.

One of the top defensive backs in the state, Holton committed to sign at Georgia Tech back in the spring.

The 6'1", 190 pound Holton though has some unfinished business with the Bulldogs.

The senior wants to lead his team to their first state title in 21 years.

Holton understands being a college prospect means his younger teammates are going to follow his example.

The future Jacket is setting a good one by not only playing defense but fullback on offense.

Fred Holton said. "Lead by example. Do things that the other players look up to you for doing. It is not easy. You cannot slack up for one moment on or off the field, in the school building also."

 

 

 

         
  • Tommy Sanders LB 6-1 190  Crisp Co.  Central Florida

  Sanders is an athletic defender who can put pressure on quarterbacks. 
May also punt this season for the Cougars.

   

College football coaches look players who have speed and love contact.

Crisp County linebacker Tommy Sanders is one of those players.

Crisp County's Tommy Sanders is also a member of the WALB Terrifi Ten.

The senior is a speedy linebacker and a tackling machine for a very tough Cougars defense.

Sanders is so fast he also returned punts for the Cougars.

With his high school football playing days over Sanders is now focused on the next step as he made an early commit to play next year at Central Florida.

Tommy Sanders said. "It's a very good coaching staff and I just felt like I was at home when I stepped on the campus."

Crisp County coach Tommy Walburn said. "I think he can be as good as anybody in college football. He's gonna have to grow come physically and mentally to play at that level but I think he can be a tremendous college football player."

     
  • Malcolm Dixon QB  6-0 175 Tift Co.   
  •   Dixon is a versatile quarterback who can beat you with his arm and his legs.  His talents are starting to draw the interest of some big schools

    Tift County Head Coach Jay Walls calls his senior quarterback Malcom Dixon one of the best student athletes he's ever coached.

    Dixon is a speedy quarterback who can beat teams with his legs and his arm.

    Coach Walls says one of Dixon's best qualities is his leadership.

    "He's certainly a guy that leads by example. He walks the walks and he does a great job. One of our hardest workers, one of our best athletes, one of our best students" said Walls.

    Dixon is just hoping to lead by example.

    "Lead the team with all I got. Just give it all I got and hopefully lead us to a successful season" said Dixon.

         
  •  A four year starter at Deerfield-Winsdor, Tony Zenon has speed and quick moves that have made him one of the top players in the GISA. 

    He has offers from the likes of Georgia Southern.  
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    Deerfield-Winsdor running back Tony Zenon and his family remember the nightmare that was Hurricane Katrina four years ago. With the storm approaching, the Zenon family wanted to head to Texas but all the roads to the Lone Star State were closed.

    Tony Zenon said. "We didn't have a plan B so we decided to come this way towards Florida, Mobile and stuff like that. They didn't have any hotels available. This was the only place that had hotels available."

    Deerfield-Windsor football coach Allen Lowe was glad someone told the Zenon's they could find a place to stay in Albany.

    Head coach Allen Lowe said.  "It is a great story. It really is. "Somebody in Tallahassee said I think there are some places in Albany, Georgia. One thing leads to another and the next thing you know we have got a very fine young man on our hands."

     

    The Knights also have a fine young football player. Tony Zenon has only played two games of his senior season and is already the Knights' all time leading rusher with more than 3400 yards. Tony is proudest of the state championship the team won last year.

    Zenon said. "I just want to win another state championship. But it feels great to win a state championship because I know how it feels now."

    Allen Lowe says Tony Zenon and his team are state champions because of hard work.

     

    Lowe said"Just leadership by example. He goes and does everything you ask him to do. He just enjoys life. Anytime you talk to him. He is smiling and he has good time. He is just a great blend of a great athlete and a great boy."

    Tony Zenon is more than just a football player. He wants to study architecture in college and believes his skills would be a natural fit at Georgia Tech.

    He has visited the campus and is hoping the Jackets will soon offer him a scholarship.

    Zenon said."They run the same offense that we run here. They are a triple option and we run the wing T. So, it is almost the same."

    If Georgia Tech is not an option, Tony Zenon has other colleges that do want him namely Georgia Southern.

    No matter where he goes to college though Tony Zenon will always call Albany and Deerfield-Windsor home.

     


     

              

     Rashad Jackson  QB 6'1" 185lbs Westover High.  A big time play maker at quarterback.  Has strong arm and can run the football especially up the middle.  Late bloomer who has improved every season and the offers should be rolling in by the end of the season.

    Westover Quarterback Rashad Jackson  can do it all. Head coach Jeff Caldwell said. "He runs the ball like a fullback and plus he's also got another dimension he has, he's got another gear that he can kick it up and make a big play out of some things but he always had the good arm he certainly has gotten a lot better with his reads and a lot better knowledge of the offense and so far he's having a heck of a year."

     The Patriots are hoping Jackson can stay healthy. He missed Westover's game at Mitchell County with a hamstring injury and the Patriots suffered their only loss of the season. Jackso said. "It was very disappointing but I wanted to play so bad because you know I think if I would have came in the game as a team we would have won." Jackson says he's back to 100 percent and Saturday night he'll be ready for Crisp County, a game he's been thinking about for a long time. Jackson said. "From last year that's the only game that kept us from going to the playoffs because I had scored the last touchdown they say I didn't score but my whole body was in it was a touchdown so I've got a big bone to pick with them." Crisp County stopped Jackson in a goal line stand, won by four, and went on the claim the final playoff spot that would have belonged to the Patriots. Jackson and his teammates haven't forgotten and Saturday night they'll be looking for revenge when the Cougars visit Albany.

             Arabian Williams   RB 5-11  180   Dougherty High.  Williams can change directions on a dime and has great speed. He is also one of the top

    Every week Dougherty running back Arabian Williams is a big part of the Trojan game plan. Dougherty head coach Charles Flowers said. "He can take the short pass and take it the distance so we feel like if we can get him 12-15 touches a game we'll be in good shape." As Arabian's football career at Dougherty comes to a close the senior is hoping to go out in a big way. Arabian Williams said "I want people to remember me my senior year I want people I want the corners and DB's to be scared of me every time I go out and I think every DB I go against they respect me." Arabian's teammates respect him as well. Flowers said. "He's a leader, he's a motivator, his enthusiasm keeps everybody going he's one of the most unselfish players." Dougherty's got six games to go and Arabian will try to lead the Trojans to the playoffs for a second straight year.  He is also one of the top basketball players in the region.    

               

     Nile Knapp  RB  5-10 185lbs Southwest Georgia.  Knapp has been one of the top players in the GISA for the last two years at Sherwood Christian Academy.  He is not only a solid running back with two straight 100but sure tackler in the secondary and dangerous return man. 

    Knapp transferred to South Georgia Academy from Sherwood Christian for his senior season. Some may call it a risky move but the Warriors have welcomed Nile with open arms.

    It didn't take long for Nile Knapp to fit in at South Georgia Academy.

    "Nile means a great deal to this team. He's been welcome and a good kid and has done nothing but work hard for us and he just fit right in here with all the kids we have" said head coach David Bell.

    According to Maxpreps.com nobody in the state of Georgia has rushed for more yards than Nile this year. He has over 1300 yards on the ground and 21 touchdowns through eight games.

     "I'm off to the best start I've had in all my years. Thanks to the offensive line and the team" said Knapp.

    The team is off to a 7-1 start but what makes this season so special for Nile is having his father around to witness it. Ted Rock Knapp has terminal cancer and had to walk away from his head coaching job at Sherwood Christian last year. This year he is serving as an assistant at South Georgia.

    "I'm grateful for every single day I'm able to come out and be a part and for the health that I have right now and for the season he's having as well as being able to be around the coaching staff that they have here. It's a great group of people" said Knapp.

    Next season Nile is hoping his father can watch him play college football They're both dedicated Iowa fans and Rock even named his son after Iowa legend Nile Kinnick. Naturally, Nile wants to be a Hawkeye.

    "I'd like to go to Iowa but if I can't I'd like to go somewhere close in Georgia because of my dad and his cancer. I'd like to be around him and my family" said Knapp.

    The Knapp family is from Iowa and the Hawkeyes are at the top of his list.

              

    Pernell Williams DB 6-2 180  Coffee High. Williams has not only height but also speed with a 4.4. time in the 40-yard dash. Florida is at the top of his recruiting list.  


    The Coffee Trojans have been missing having one of the Southeast's top defensive backs on the field Friday nights.

    Pernell Williams is a member of the WALB terrific ten and the senior has been sidelined in Coffee's last five games after suffering a bone bruise in his knee.

    Pernell says it's been hard watching from the sidelines but head coach Ken Eldridge says that Pernell's time on the sideline doesn't change his ability to play at the next level.

    "It's really hard you know you try to tell guys what to do and you can be there you know. You've got to be a guy that works you're team on the sideline you know" said Williams.

    "We've talked to a couple college guys and I really think he's gonna be a corner at the next level and be a big corner. 6'1'' and 190, 195 pound corner that's a high 4.4 type guy that can run" said Eldridge.

    Pernell is hoping to play in the ACC or SEC next year. Coach Eldridge is hoping Pernell can play Friday when the Trojans close out the season Friday night at Tift County.

     

       Sherwood Christian running back Dontavious Brown took a big chance changing schools for his senior season.

    Brown transferred to Sherwood Christian because he wanted to keep playing for his head coach Reginald Mitchell.

    Mitchell left Albany High to head up the Eagles program. The move has paid off for Brown and the Eagles.

    Despite battling injuries, Brown has picked up yards and touchdowns as the Eagles have won five of their first six games.

    Brown says the success is do to teamwork and not just the efforts of one player.

    Dontavious Brown said. "It has been a good adjustment. We have all been bonding together. Sticking together and working hard."

    Reginald Mitchell said. "He is the kind of player that you measure your program by. One thing about him is he doesn't say a whole lot but his actions speak very loudly for him."

      It was four years ago that Tony Zenon's family fled New Orleans to escape the wrath of Hurricane Katrina.

    Their unplanned evacuation route led them to Albany where Tony has found a home at Deerfield-Windsor and a member of the WALB Terrific Ten.

    Holton is going to play football for the Yellow Jackets like Johnson only Holton's job will be keeping other receivers from catching the football.

    The 6'5'' senior committed early to play his college football at Florida State but changed his verbal committment to Auburn. Right now he is just focused on his final season with the Vikings.

    Christian wants to have a shot at a state title and hopes his leadership will guide his teammates.  

    Ed Christian said. "It's pretty good. You have to push yourself because at times you'll be wanting to slack just like the rest but you have to get up and go."

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