By Anthony Rhoads
The 2003 football season was truly the year of the Wildcat.
The Lovejoy Wildcats went 10-0 in the regular season, won the Region 4-AAAAA championship and advanced to the second round of the Class AAAAA state playoffs.
Now, the Wildcats have dominated the News-Daily/Daily Herald annual All-Southern Crescent football team.
Quarterback Kisan Flakes has been named the Offensive Player of the Year, Al Hughes has been named the Coach of the Year and defensive end Jeremy Lomax has been co-Defensive Player of the Year along with Jonesboro's Darrell Robertson.
Mt. Zion's Maurice Leggett, who excelled on all sides of the ball for the Bulldogs this past season, has been named the All-Around Athlete of the Year.
Offensive Player of the Year: When it came to offense in the 2003 season, Kisan Flakes could do it all. He threw for more than 2,000 yards and ran for nearly 700 yards.
Even though the Wildcats lost their second-round game against Westside-Macon, Flakes ended his high school career in style.
In his final game at Lovejoy, Flakes completed 8 of 24 passes for 153 yards and one TD while running for 189 yards and two TDs, including a 76-yard scoring run.
Defensive Players of the Year: The Lovejoy Wildcats pitched two shutouts and allowed just 14.9 points per game in 2003. One of the reasons Lovejoy was so dominant on defense was defensive end Jeremy Lomax.
Lomax was also selected to play in the North-South High School All-Star Game.
Even though Jonesboro had a tough time this year, Darrell Robertson stood out at defensive end.
Robertson has verbally committed to play at Florida State.
All-Around Athlete of the Year: Is there anything Mt. Zion's Maurice Leggett can't do on the football field?
In the 2003 season, he did just about everything. On offense, he could run the ball and was a key receiver for the Bulldogs. On defense, he was deadly in the secondary and on special teams he was always a threat on kick and punt returns.
Coach of the Year: Al Hughes guided the Lovejoy Wildcats to an undefeated regular season and a Region 4-AAAAA championship in his third season as Lovejoy head coach.
Hughes also was an assistant for C.W. Campbell on Lovejoy's 1999 team that also went undefeated and won the Region 4-AAAA championship.
Hughes' career record is 45-41. He has compiled a 30-6 record at Lovejoy and was head coach at Jonesboro from 1989-93 where his record was 15-35.