Lovejoy dominates region postseason awards

Photo by Jerry Jackson
Lovejoy running back Travis Custis was named the Region 2-AAAAAA Offensive Player of the Year by the league coaches.

Photo by Jerry Jackson Lovejoy running back Travis Custis was named the Region 2-AAAAAA Offensive Player of the Year by the league coaches.

Much like it dominated Region 2-AAAAAA during the season, Lovejoy swept the superlative awards for the postseason from the region.

2-AAAAAA All-Region

Coach of the Year: Al Hughes, Lovejoy

Offensive Player of the Year: Travis Custis, Lovejoy

Defensive Player of the Year: Nathaniel Norwood, Lovejoy

Special Teams Player of the Year: Brandon Davis, Lovejoy


First team

QB - Alejandro Bennifield, Lovejoy, Sr.

RB - James Hardeman, Newton, Sr.

RB - Cornell White, Alcovy, Sr.

RB - Trae Bonner, Luella, Jr.

OL - Nuka Yobo, Newton, So.

OL - Randy Robinson, Lovejoy, So.

OL - Mke Jones, Lovejoy, Jr.

OL - Justin Brown, Lovejoy, Jr.

OL - Montel Robinson-Beasley, Sr.

WR - JuMichael Ramos, Lovejoy, Sr.

WR - Arshad Jackson, Lovejoy, Sr.

WR - Sterling Taylor, Morrow, Sr.

Ath - Jaquon Johnson, Druid Hills, Sr.

K - Jamie Nunez, Lovejoy, Jr.

Second Team

QB - Jared Hendricks, Luella, Sr.

RB - Hasaan Enis, Druid Hills, So.

RB - Jonathan Griffin, Lovejoy, Sr.

RB - Larry Hodnett, Morrow, So.

OL - Malcolm Johnson, Lovejoy, Sr.

OL - David Rash, Alvovy, Sr.

OL - Vinnie Jengelly, Newton, So.

OL - Hakeem Enis, Druid Hills, Fr.

OL - Curtiss Benton, Alcovy, Jr.

WR - Jeff Murphy, Lovejoy, Sr.

WR - Tarjee Steel, Rockdale, Fr.

WR - Kwesi Mintah, Rockdale, Jr.

Ath. - Antwon Glover, Alcovy, Sr.

K - Rysan Richardson, Alcovy, Sr.


First team

DL - Mike Davis, Lovejoy, Sr.

DL - Kingsley Ejike, Newton, Sr.

DL - Tevin Jones, Luella, Sr.

DL - Kristopher Chritian, Lovejoy, Sr.

LB - Zane Fields, Lovejoy, Sr.

LB - DaMarquis Gates, Lovejoy, Sr.

LB - Veion Robinson, Lovejoy, Sr.

LB - Kentavious Preston, Rockdale, Jr.

DB - Tyrell Brown, Lovejoy, Sr.

DB - Cinwon Whitehead, Lovejoy, Sr.

DB - Shakym Peters, Rockdale, Jr.

DB - Nick White, Newton, Sr.

Ath. - Devante Walters, Rockdale, Sr.

P - Ben Whealler, Druid Hills, Jr.

Second team

DL - Najee Johnson, Druid Hills, Sr.

DL -Ryan Adams, Alcovy, Jr.

DL - Treyvon Richardson, Newton, Sr.

DL - Michael Sims, Luella, Sr.

LB - Eugene Fuller, Lovejoy, Sr.

LB - D’Andre Byrd, Druid Hills, Sr.

LB - Okon Godwin, Alcovy, Jr.

LB - Joe Rockett, Newton, Sr.

DB - Montrell Custis, Lovejoy, So.

DB - Marcus Williams, Alcovy, Sr.

DB - Kyle Simmons, Druid Hills, Sr.

DB - Anthony Davis, Rockdale, Jr.

Ath. - Steve Osondu, Luella, Jr.

P - Andrew Roberts, Luella, Sr.

The second-ranked Wildcats eight players to make the first team offense and seven named to the first defense of the all-region team.

Coach Al Hughes was named the region’s top coach with running back Travis Custis named the top offensive player and Nathaniel Norwood receiving the top defensive honor. Brandon Davis was named the top special teams player by the league coaches.

Lovejoy became the first Clayton County school to reach its classification’s championship game two straight seasons. The Wildcats lost 21-14 to Norcross in last Saturday’s Class AAAAAA title game at the Georgia Dome.

Luella had one player to make the offensive and defensive team. Morrow had one player to make the offensive first team.

Lovejoy senior quarterback Alejandro Bennifield was named the region’s top quarterback. During his two-year career at the school, who never lost a region game and compiled a 27-3 record as a starter.

Four of the Wildcats offensive lineman were named to the first team and wide receivers JuMichael Ramos and Arshad Jackson made first team in addition to kicker Jamie Nunez, who was perfect on all his extra-point attempts.

Making the offense for Morrow was wide receiver Sterling Taylor, a senior. For Luella, running back Trae Bonner was named to the first team.

On the defensive side of the ball, DeMarquis Gates, who missed several games with an injury, was impressive enough to be named to the first team from Lovejoy.