Independent all-area team
From Staff
Saturday, December 26, 2009

Player of the year: Stephen Balentine, Wardlaw Academy

Coach of they year: Buddy Sorrow, Edmund Burke

FIRST TEAM

Offense

Pos.NameSchoolYearHt./Wt.Comment
QBStephen BalentineWardlawSr.6-0/170Ended state-title season with 11-TD game; totals: 3,198 yards, 51 combined TDs, 3 INTs
RBTaylor BarrentineThomas JeffersonSr.6-0/175Top rusher (1,546 yards, 18 TDs) on one of area's best offensive attacks
RBMatthew McElveenBriarwoodSr.5-8/175His 1,546 yards and 15 TDs helped team to eight wins and playoff berth
WRAlex SturkieEdmund BurkeSr.6-1/165Picked off seven passes and had 639 yards on offense
WREvan WellsAugusta ChristianSr.6-0/175Team captain led the Lions in receiving with 37 catches
WRE.J. BijurCurtis BaptistSr.5-8/175Finished as school's all-time leader in receptions and receiving yards
OLBoyd LivelyEdmund BurkeSr.6-5/240Four-year starter was a force on both sides of the ball
OLHank GilmoreThomas JeffersonSr.6-0/190Graded out at better than 90 percent on offense; also booted 34 PATs
OLEric JohnsonBriarwoodSr.6-1/235Four-year starter for Bucs selected all-state as a senior
OLJase LeGrandCurtis BaptistJr.5-11/230Coach thinks lineman is a strong college prospect next year
OLTorey FlowersEdmund BurkeSr.6-0/200All-region choice started every game at center for strong rushing team
ATHBaylor HanleyWardlawSr.5-9/1351,405 all-purpose yards and 16 TDs for state champs
PKRex WallaceBrentwoodSr.6-1/160Hit 34 of 40 PATs and five FGs

Defense

Pos.NameSchoolYearHt./Wt.Comment
DLDaniel AndersonBrentwoodSr.6-2/190Three-year defensive starter was key leader for state finalists
DLAustin DresselThomas JeffersonSo.5-10/155Led area with 16 sacks and added 1,301 yards rushing on offense
DLTrey StadlerBriarwoodSr.6-4/230All-state choice made 59 solo tackles; rushed for 664 yards on offense
DLMichael WatkinsThomas JeffersonSr.6-0/240Had 50 solo tackles and was team's most powerful lineman on both sides
LBEvan WigginsBrentwoodJr.5-7/160All-state choice rushed for 1,060 yards and was three-year starter on defense
LBOrry CourtneyWardlawSr.6-0/180Led state-title team with 14 tackles for loss
LBCole TurnerAugusta ChristianSr.6-2/180His 92 tackles and 790 rushing yards led team
LBMichael TaylorEdmund BurkeSo.6-0/180All-state choice rushed for 788 yards and had four sacks on defense
DBNick BurgamyBrentwoodSr.5-10/150All-state choice also threw for 678 yards at QB
DBCaleb HarmonAugusta ChristianSr.5-9/155Shutdown cornerback also led team in yards per catch as a WR
DBTyler RowlandEdmund BurkeSr.5-10/155Opposing coaches feared this smart player; threw 5 INTs
PChristian CroftAugusta ChristianJr.5-11/180Averaged 37.8 yards per boot; also key defensive back

HONORABLE MENTION

Augusta Christian: Fr. QB Tyler Roberson.

Brentwood: Sr. WR/DB Tucker Cobb.

Edmund Burke: So. RB/LB Clint Saxon.

Thomas Jefferson: Sr. DL Clint Williams, So. FB/LB Nick Whitmer, Jr. OL/LB Jesse Cobb, Jr. TE/DB Mason Johnson, Jr. DB David Linyard.

Wardlaw: Sr. LB Dillon Thomas, Jr. LB Jeffrey Holland, So. ATH Jordan Faust, Sr. OL/DL Evan Bell, So. OL James Brumbaugh.

NOTE: All-Area players are nominated by coaches and chosen by The Augusta Chronicle's sports staff, with consultation from coaches. Feedback: matt.middleton@augustachronicle.com or (706) 823-3425.

From the Saturday, December 26, 2009 edition of the Augusta Chronicle
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