Preseason All-County Team
QB Jimmy Johnson, Sr., Lakeside
He isn't very big, but Johnson makes plays with a lot of heart. He also executes the Panthers offense. A nifty runner with above average quickness, Johnson will surprise you as a passer at times.
RB Cheng Ho, Sr., Evans
Quick, elusive athlete who makes people miss. Extremely strong for a small back, Ho could have a big year running behind the Evans line. Had some big games in a difficult region in 2003.
RB Carl Burrow, Sr., Lakeside
Burrow is a possible pro draft pick in baseball, but he is awfully good in football as well. He becomes the Panthers' go-to-guy, and he could have a 1,000-yard season.
FB Taylor Dent, Sr., Greenbrier
Dent is sort of the forgotten man at Greenbrier. With J.C. Jennings no longer with the team and Eugene Rogers banged up, Dent becomes a key player on the Pack's offense. A strong, hard runner.
WR Eugene Rogers, Sr., Greenbrier
Rogers is the county's best player when healthy and is as good as any player in the area (including C.J. Byrd of North Augusta). He may not be 6-foot-3 or 200 pounds, but this guy can play. I think Greenbrier could play him at any position on the field and would be a success. Will likely play other positions when he returns from a broken hand.
WR Ryan Crislip, Sr., Evans
Wide out is a down position in 2004, but Crislip could emerge as the best of the bunch. He has glue fingers and good speed.
TE Cal Morris, Jr., Greenbrier
Morris has terrific size and his emergence allows Edward Curtis to focus on the defensive side of the ball. Like wide receiver, tight end isn't a strong position this season but Morris could be a sleeper.
C Cliff Hancock, Sr. Evans
Hancock has some quickness for the position and is extremely strong. He is also a good deep snapper. The Knights need Hancock to have a great season for their season to go.
OL Tanner Hayden, Sr., Greenbrier
Hayden is already getting looks from several colleges. He has great strength and tremendous work ethic. He will be playing on Saturdays next fall.
OL Josh Gibbs, Sr., Evans
Like Hayden and Josh Adams, Gibbs will be one of the CSRA's premier lineman prospects. Gibbs may have the best technique of the three.
OL Josh Adams, Sr., Greenbrier
Adams transfers from Augusta Christian this fall. He has tremendous size at 6-6, 285 pounds. Adams will challenge Gibbs and Hayden as the best lineman in the county.
nOL Donovan Lowe, Sr., Lakeside
Lowe is solid on both sides of the ball. He will be counted on heavily this year to lead an inexperienced line.
K Reid Tankersley, Sr., Evans
Tankersley improved a great deal during the off-season. His leg strength is better and has always been accurate. He camped at Auburn this summer, and that has helped him.
DE Bryan Kelley, Sr., Evans
Kelley is a smart player that the Knights can count on to play his position the way it is supposed to be played. He is a very underrated player.
DE Edward Curtis, Sr,, Greenbrier
Last season, Curtis was also the Pack's starting TE. If he does focus on defense alone this year, then he could emerge as a standout on Greenbrier's defense.
DT Daniel Landon, Sr., Greenbrier
Landon was also a pretty good offensive player in 2003 as a fullback. He could play just about anywhere and he would find a way to get the job done.
DT Chuck Middleton, Sr., Greenbrier
He may not be known as well as Curtis or Landon, but the coaches love him. He will play nose guard and could wreak havoc on opposing backfields.
LB Toby Brown, Sr., Augusta Christian
Hard-nosed player who will need to have a big season for a young Lions team. Will be in on virtually each play.
LB Erik Smith, Jr., Greenbrier
Smith seems to have been at Greenbrier for 15 years. He is an extremely gifted athlete who is very versatile. I think he has a chance to be the county's best linebacker.
LB Darrel Ketchup, Jr., Evans
Ketchup led the Knights in tackles as a sophomore, and he has a chance to be a really good defender for Evans this year.
LB Reggie Rice, Jr., Greenbrier
He is the main player standing in Smith's way to the top of the linebacker heap. Rice seems to absolutely love playing the game. He is extremely fast from sideline to sideline and he is only a junior like Smith.
LB Reggie Porter, Sr., Lakeside
Quick as a cat at linebacker and just makes plays. Could easily turn into a college prospect.
DB Paul Maness, Sr., Greenbrier
Maness really came on last season for the Pack. He is also a very underrated player. The coaches really love him.
DB Jay Acree, Sr., Evans
Has gone from being a running back to one of the county's top cover men. Acree will be a key player for the Knights in a region that features some great receivers.
DB Ben Lawson, Sr. Greenbrier
Lawson is a big hitter for the Pack. He will play strong safety and will step up to help out against the run.
DB Chris Drayton, Jr., Lakeside
By a nose over teammate B.B. Bradenburg, Drayton makes the team. He needs to step up this season and realize his potential.
P Kevin Millward, Fr., Evans
This is my surprise pick. The Knights may go with Crislip as punter, but I think coach Marty Jackson may give the freshman a shot. If so, I'll take my chances with a former National Punt, Pass and Kick Champion.
Augusta Christian: QB Lee Banks, DL William Lyon, DE Kyle Meeks
Evans: QB Brad Freeman, LB Jonathan Amerson
Greenbrier: RB Donald Davis, C Chad Huffman
Lakeside: DB B.B. Bradenburg, RB Kyle Hill, P Dixon Revell
Harlem: TE Jeremy Larson, RB Gabe Greer, FB Chris Newsome, OL Mark Boiter, DL Mike White
Player of the Year
Eugene Rogers, WR, WB, QB, CB, KR, PR, Greenbrier
As you can see above, he does everything for the Pack. He averaged nearly 15 yards a touch as a junior. He also accounted for 15 touchdowns, between receptions, passes, rushes and returns. College recruiters will regret it if they don't go after this kid. I know he has a broken hand, but he's the king of the mountain until someone knocks him off. Lakeside's Carl Burrow could be the one to do it, though.
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