I look forward to pro football season with great anticipation every year, although I must admit I have been distracted by the surprising success of the Baltimore Orioles, who are in first place in the AL East as I write this.
Anyway, I’m participating in two fantasy football leagues, and going through the draft process made me think about what type of local high school team I could put together. As it’s my first year covering the county, I’m basing my draft off what I’ve seen – and read – during the first two weeks of the season.
While there may be some debate over Aaron Rodgers, Drew Brees or Tom Brady being the first quarterback off the board in the NFL, for me there was no hesitation in making Augusta Christian’s Tyler Roberson my signal caller. The senior has led the Lions to a 2-0 start, passing for 473 yards and five touchdowns while running for 181 yards and four touchdowns.
Nick Fortenberry, again from Augusta Christian, gets the call. Opponents can’t load the box and get away with it, not with the way Roberson and Fortenberry have connected this year. In two games, Fortenberry has caught 15 passes for 267 yards and touchdowns of 50 and 56 yards.
Here’s where it is a little tricky, but it is always good to have outstanding backups.
After the first week, my nod would have to go to Evans’ Ronnie Graham. He looked fantastic against Richmond Academy, putting up 227 yards rushing and three touchdowns – including an 80-yarder.
Since this is my team, I’ll combine Greenbrier’s Jeremy Harden and Trevor Burns into one player. Head coach Kevin Hunt will go running back by committee and both played key roles in the Wolfpack’s opening win.
Because I want his versatility, Grovetown senior Jamal Cummings gets the call. He returned a kickoff 95 yards for a touchdown and ran 83 yards for a touchdown in Grovetown’s loss to Washington County.
It’s a toss-up between Greenbrier and Evans, so I’d start one and use the other on the bye week. Greenbrier is big and fast, held Cross Creek to 162 yards and forced two turnovers in its 23-6 season-opening win. Not to be outdone, Evans began its season with a 21-12 win at Richmond Academy, allowing just 163 yards of offense while forcing four turnovers.
I haven’t selected any Lakeside Panthers and if this were really a competition, that might come back to haunt me. Statesboro bottled up the Panthers’ offense, but that team is too talented to be held down for too long.