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Roberson, Brigham, Walton head All-County picks

Posted: December 23, 2012 - 12:08am
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Jim Blaylock/staff  Lakeside's Javeon Brigham races down the sideline for a long gain against Greenbrier in the second half.  Jim Blaylock/staff  Lakeside's Javeon Brigham races down the sideline for a long gain against Greenbrier in the second half.
Jim Blaylock/staff Lakeside's Javeon Brigham races down the sideline for a long gain against Greenbrier in the second half.
Jim Blaylock/staff Lakeside's Javeon Brigham races down the sideline for a long gain against Greenbrier in the second half.

Here is the 2012 Columbia County All-County Football Team.

Columbia County Player of the Year

Tyler Roberson (senior/Augusta Christian)

Roberson ended a stellar high school career by leading the Lions to a 13-0 season and the South Carolina Independent Schools Association state title. He has been the Lions’ signal-caller for the past four seasons and matured into a tremendous talent. His numbers this year were incredible. He was 119 of 196 passing, throwing for 2,018 yards and 18 touchdowns. That alone would have been a great year, but the 6-2, 205 pound Roberson also ran the ball 136 times for 1,017 yards and another 24 touchdowns on the ground. That’s right – he accounted for 42 touchdowns in 13 games and engineered a Lions offense that averaged 39 points per game.

Defensive Player of the Year

Javeon Brigham (Senior/Lakeside)

Brigham was a force for the Panthers in 2012. He might only be 5-foot-10 and 188 pounds, but the players he hit this year might argue those figures. Brigham has a rare combination of size, speed and a motor that does not quit. He capped a terrific career as a three-year starter by racking up 111 tackles and being named First Team All-Region. He also was named to the WJBF All-CSRA Team. Only four linebackers were selected to the WJBF Team from a coverage area of more than 60 schools.

Columbia County Coach of the Year

Keith Walton (Augusta Christian)

What a magical year on Baston Road. State champs. A perfect season. This award is as much for how Walton groomed his terrific group of seniors, several of whom started as freshmen, as it is for this season. He also mixed talent such as Nick Fortenberry and Terin Quarles into that group of experienced players. Everything seemed to fall into place. During the team’s perfect 13-0 run, the Lions outscored opponents by an average of 22 points per game and beat Hammond, the six-time defending SCISA state champion, not once, but twice.

First Team All-County

Offense

Quarterback: Tyler Roberson (senior/Augusta Christian) Roberson was sensational all year long. He passed for more than 2,000 yards and 18 touchdowns and rushed for more than 1,000 yards and 24 touchdowns. He orchestrated a high-powered offense that averaged nearly 40 points per game. Augusta Christian also went 13-0 and won the state title. He has committed to play at UT-Chattanooga next season.

Running back: Thomas Banks (junior/Augusta Christian) Banks piled up 1,436 yards and 15 touchdowns rushing on just 168 carries. He also caught 21 passes for 317 yards and five more touchdowns.

Fullback: Sean Sweeting (senior/Augusta Christian) Sweeting has been a four-year starter for the Lions. He rushed for 490 yards on 75 carries, caught 16 passes for 274 yards and had 11 touchdowns. He also had 58 tackles on defense. He has accepted an invitation to be a preferred walk-on at University of Georgia and is a Shrine Bowl pick.

Wide receiver: Nick Fortenberry (junior/Augusta Christian) Fortenberry gave an already solid offense the big-play threat they needed to keep defenses honest. Teams could no longer put nine or 10 in the box to stop the Lions’ great ground attack. This year he had 48 catches for 976 yards and nine touchdowns.

Wide receiver: Jonathan Edwards (junior/Lakeside) Edwards caught 46 passes for 615 yards and three touchdowns this year, but he is more than just a receiver. He also rushed for 437 yards and five touchdowns on just 48 carries, averaging more than 10 yards every time he touched the ball on offense. He will get a lot of college interest next season.

Wide receiver: McTier Mosley (senior/Lakeside) Known more for his ability as a baseball player, Mosley did more than hold his own on the gridiron. He caught 31 passes for 522 yards and four touchdowns. He was a Second Team All-Region pick and getting some college interest as a receiver.

Offensive line: Lee Bellmer (senior/Lakeside) Bellmer earned Second Team All-Region honors in a region loaded with great linemen.

Offensive line: Micah Johnson (junior/Lakeside) Johnson is a steady player up front for the Panthers and was nearly flawless on snaps this season.

Offensive line: Matt Herzwurm (senior/Augusta Christian) Herzwurm has been a four-year starter for Augusta Christian. This season he earned All-State honors and was selected to play in the Shrine Bowl.

Offensive line: Jamario Thompkins (senior/Greenbrier) Thompkins was terrific on defense with 67 tackles and three recovered fumbles. He also was a Second Team All-Region pick on offensive line.

Offensive line: Robert Feliciano (Grovetown) Anchored an offensive line that had as many big plays as any team in the area this season.

Athlete: Juwan Biggers (senior/Grovetown) Biggers did everything for Grovetown this season. He took over as starting quarterback after a strong showing versus North Augusta in late September. The next week he made the entire area take notice by rushing for 253 yards and three touchdowns and returning a kick 88 yards for a fourth score as Grovetown beat Houston Co. 27-23. For the season Biggers rushed for 878 yards and nine touchdowns, was 42-83 passing for 666 yards and nine scores, ran back two kickoffs for touchdowns and had an interception return for yet another score. In all he had 21 touchdowns this season. He earned First Team All-Region Honors in Region 2-AAAAA. The explosive Biggers also had an amazing nine touchdowns of 50 yards or longer and received serious consideration for County Player of the Year.

Kicker: Corey Stone (Senior/Grovetown) Stone made 26 of 27 extra points and had field goals of 33, 37 and 41 yards this season.

Punter: Jacob Rizner (Junior/Evans) Rizner was a First Team All-State punter last year in AAAA. This year he earned All-Region honors and was selected to the WJBF All-CSRA team for the second consecutive year. He averaged 42.5 yards per punt and landed 14 punts inside the 15 yard line. He’s not just a punter. Rizner is a tremendous athlete and was a second team All-Region selection as a wide receiver after catching 26 passes for 450 yards.

First Team All-County

Defense

Defensive line: Tyler Sheppard (junior/Harlem) Sheppard had a monster season. He piled up 125 tackles and posted 19 sacks. He earned First Team All-Region honors.

Defensive line: Kendall White (junior/Lakeside) White is a strong, physical player who finished the season with 61 tackles, seven tackles for loss and two forced fumbles.

Defensive line: Terin Quarles (senior/Augusta Christian) Quarles had 76 tackles, 16 tackles for loss and 12 sacks for the Lions this season.

Defensive line: Trevor Fowler (senior/Evans) Fowler had 68 tackles, including seven for a loss this season. He also had three sacks. Fowler is fun to watch because he is absolutely relentless and should play somewhere on Saturdays next fall.

Linebacker: Javeon Brigham (senior/Lakeside) Brigham is simply a beast. Pound-for-pound he may be the strongest player in the area. He had 111 tackles this season and was First Team All 2-AAAAA.

Linebacker: Gaige Gilbert (senior/Augusta Christian) Gilbert was all over the field for the Lions defense. He finished with more than 100 tackles, eight tackles for loss and will play in the North-South All-Star game.

Linebacker: Alec Leeseberg (senior/Lakeside) At 6-2 and 220 pounds, Leeseberg looks the part and is a smart player. He had 84 tackles this season and was a First Team All-Region choice in Class AAAAA. He is getting attention from Ivy League schools.

Defensive back: Jabari Nelson (senior/Evans) Nelson had 60 tackles including the hit of the year in the Knights’ season opener versus Richmond Academy (YouTube it). He also had two forced fumbles and an interception.

Defensive back: Rashad Roundtree (sophomore/Lakeside) If he works hard, Roundtree could be a special player in a couple years. He had 72 tackles, two forced fumbles, a fumble recovery and was a First Team All-Region Choice.

Defensive back: Mason McDaniel (junior/Harlem) McDaniel led the county in tackles with 155. That’s a whopping 15.5 per game. He had 110 solo tackles, which led the entire Augusta area, and was an All-Region choice in 3-AA.

Defensive back: Bryson Ashmore (junior/Augusta Christian) Ashmore had a great year but was simply overshadowed by a team full of great players. Had 72 tackles and four interceptions.

Honorable Mention

Augusta Christian: Kobie Brinson, defensive back; Heath Brace, kicker; Zach Ciello, offensive line

Augusta Prep: Nate Pylant, running back; Kevin Huggins, running back; Nolan Brandon, running back; Jack Owen, quarterback; Patrick Reynolds, defensive back

Evans: Devin Lampkin, defensive line; Jonquell Jones, defensive line; David Mims, defensive line; Thomas Richey, offensive line; Cameron Rampulla, offensive line; Isaac Patrick, linebacker; K-Lon Lovett, defensive back

Greenbrier: Trevor Burns, defensive back; Clint Hardy, wide receiver; Jeremy Harden, running back; Jamal Richard, running back/defensive back; Charlie Stakely, defensive line; Gregory Wilson, defensive line; Jamal Thompkins, defensive line; Cameron King, linebacker; Chris Michals, linebacker

Grovetown: Bryce Clary, offensive line; Caleb Turner, defensive line; Donavan Davis, defensive line; Jamal Cummings, running back; Hunter McBride, punter; Kimani Meekins, wide receiver; Desmond Sampson, linebacker; Terrence Glenn, linebacker.

Harlem: Austin Ledoux, running back/linebacker; Dontel Frails, running back; Austin Burt, athlete; Cameron Brown, linebacker; Andrew Smith, defensive line; Chaise Dukes, tight end; Trey Price, quarterback

Lakeside: Devontay Yoemans, defensive line; Josh Jones, running back/wide receiver; B.J. Raymond, wide reciever; Tanner Brassell, quarterback/defensive back

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