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Thursday, September 29, 2016

By Kyle Sandy

Who is the best HS quarterback in the state?
For years the state of Georgia has been known as a hotbed for athletes. Basketball, baseball, softball, you name it, the Peach State's got it. As good as all those sports are in Georgia, the mecca remains football. Top college programs across the nation jockey for the right to land the state's best and brightest talents. This year is no exception as the pack of Division-I prospects in led by a fantastic group of blue-chip quarterbacks. With the state as good as it gets under center, who really is the best quarterback, regardless of age or classification? Right now it looks like five names stand above the rest.
The old saying goes you can't win a Super Bowl without a great quarterback. The same can be said about high school football. Of the five players listed below, each has guided their team to a top four ranking in the state in their respective classification.
The No. 1 ranked player in the entire nation for the Class of 2018 belongs to Class AAAA No. 1 Cartersville. Trevor Lawrence guided the Purple Hurricanes to a state championship as a sophomore last year and has Cartersville as the odds on favorites to do it again the next two seasons. He has thrown for 1,431 yards and 18 touchdowns while facing the likes of defending Class AAAAA state champion Allatoona, Calhoun and Westlake.
One of the state's most prolific passers in history, Jake Fromm, is a Georgia-commit. Fromm has powered the high-flying aerial assault of Class AAAAAA No. 2 Houston County to an undefeated start his senior season. Through the first six games of the year Fromm has already amassed 2,645 yards passing and 28 touchdowns.
Always reliable Florida State-commit Bailey Hockman has Class AAAAAAA No. 4 McEachern off to a 4-1 record. Over the course of his career, Hockman has seen some of the best defenses in the state try to slow him down, most to no avail. After an off junior season, Hockman looks back in sophomore form when his touchdown to interception ratio was one of the best in the state.
A bullseye has been placed squarely on the back of Class AAAAAAA No. 3 Grayson after landing a plethora of D-I transfers. With pressure and expectations at an all-time high, Clemson-commit Chase Brice has proven to be a calming influence, orchestrating the Rams to a 3-1 record while playing a national schedule.
Thought to have been sidelined for three-to-four months with a knee injury, Stanford-commit Davis Mills instead missed just two games. Since his return, Class AAA No. 1 Greater Atlanta Christian's play caller has thrown for 471 yards and seven scores.
So who's the best gun-slinger in the state? My money is on 6-foot-6 NFL prototype Trevor Lawrence, the youngest passer out of the group but possibly the most polished. Lawrence has every program in the nation hot on his recruiting tracks. He will also get to show off his versatility and athleticism in the winter as he will suit up for the Purple Hurricane basketball team for the first time.


Grovetown's Postell grows into leading role

Presented by Ford, the Atlanta Falcons Coach of the Week program recognizes 12 high school football coaches across the state of Georgia for their hard work and dedication to making a difference in student-athletes lives on and off the field over the course of the GHSA season.
The fifth winner of the 2016 season is Damien Postell of Grovetown High School. Postell, in his first year with the Warriors, has led Grovetown to a respectable 2-3 start in Class AAAAAA action. Postell was one of 61 applicants for the head coaching position at Grovetown when it opened up following the resignation of Rodney Holder prior to the season. He was the Warriors  defensive coordinator the previous two seasons before he was chosen as Grovetown's new head coach, just the second in program history.
"It means a lot to me," explained Postell on winning the award. "I'm blessed to be a part of the game itself, but to even be considered was one thing, but to actually win the award is something that is very special to me."
Heart of a Warrior
At just 36-years-old the transition from defensive coordinator to head coach has not been the easiest. "At first, it was very stressful," said Postell. "There are so many moving parts that as a coordinator, you weren't always involved with, so there was certainly an adjustment." Postell went on to say, "But I love having the opportunity to mold the entire team. "When I was a defensive coordinator I could see an impact on the defensive players I was coaching, but as a head coach I'm able to see that across the board which is what I love about being a head coach."
The foundation of the football program that Postell has implemented right away is the slogan, "Heart of a Warrior."
"It's something that the lord kind of shared with me and I wanted to pass it on to the team," explained Postell. "I think it stands for continuing to fight no matter what adversity comes your way, day in and day out."
Outside of football, Postell understands the importance of being a part of the community and presenting opportunities for his boys to be more than just football players. Grovetown athletes mentor elementary and middle school students as well as promote the Pop Warner football program in the area. This weekend the team will head to a local church to serve those in need on Saturday.


The 5-0 No. 2 Wesleyan Wolves host 5-0 No. 1 Eagles Landing Christian Friday night at Henderson Stadium in Norcross, Ga. ELCA has allowed just 15 points this season and shut out each of its past three opponents. Wesleyan has an opportunistic defense of its own that has already intercepted 10 passes this season, including four by Jason McCleskey. Look for ELCA to keep the ball on the ground and to stick to its physical running game that averages 300.6 yards rushing per game.


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