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Southern Crescent produces top players in Region 4-AAAA

Photo by Derrick Mahone
Riverdale seniors Kahmad Magwood (left) and Tikeem Cooper received all-region honors from the league coaches. Magwood was named to the All-Region 4-AAAA first team as a running back while Cooper was chosen the region special teams player of the year.

Photo by Derrick Mahone Riverdale seniors Kahmad Magwood (left) and Tikeem Cooper received all-region honors from the league coaches. Magwood was named to the All-Region 4-AAAA first team as a running back while Cooper was chosen the region special teams player of the year.

Teams from the Southern Crescent were well represented on the annual Region 4-AAAA team that was released this week.

All-Region Teams

Region 4-AAAA, Div. B

First team

Offense

QB - Jaquez Parks, Griffin, Jr.

RB - Patrick Petty, Jonesboro, Sr.

RB - Kamhad Magwood, Riverdale, Sr.

RB - Devonta Freeman, Griffin, Jr.

OL - Marquis Murray, Jonesboro, Jr.

OL - Iasaish Seise, Jonesboro, Jr.

OL - Jordan Sidney, Riverdale, Sr.

OL - Jaylin Barrington, Riverdale, So.

OL - Lander McCall, Griffin, Sr.

WR - Dereon London, Jonesboro, Sr.

WR - Trey Willis, Griffin, Jr.

Ath. - La’Darrius Mathis, North Clayton, Sr.

K - Tyler Stewart, Upson-Lee, Jr.

Defense

DL - Chinedu Okonya, Riverdale, Jr.

DL - Tykeem Bethea, Riverdale, Jr.

DL - Iasaish Seise, Jonesboro, Jr.

DL - Nigel Phillips, Griffin, Sr.

LB - Larry McCord, Spalding, Sr.

LB - Quinton Edwards, Jonesboro, Sr.

LB - Quadry Halloman, Riverdale, Jr.

LB - Aaron Atwater, North Clayton, Sr.

DB - Taurean Ferguson, Jonesboro, Sr.

DB - Keith Kent, Jonesboro, Sr.

DB - Josh Powell, Riverdale, Sr.

DB - Oisa Muhammad, Riverdale, Jr.

P - Cameron Sutton, Jonesboro, Sr.

Region 4-AAAA, Div. A

Offense

QB - Donovahn Jones, Dutchtown, Sr.

RB - Malik Bryan, Stockbridge, Jr.

RB - Maetron Thomas, Stockbridge, Jr.

RB - Corey Holloway, Eagle’s Landing, Jr.

OL - Jordan Harris, Dutchtown, Sr.

OL - Uriah Horne, Eagle’s Landing, Sr.

OL - Michael Pritchett, Stockbridge, Jr.

OL - David Ricard, Woodland, Sr.

OL - Isaac Dennis, Eagle’s Landing, Sr.

WR - Nigel Hughes, Stockbridge, Sr.

WR - Rodel Shorter, Dutchtown, Sr.

WR - Warren Wright, Eagle’s Landing, Jr.

TE - Bill Teknipp, Eagle’s Landing, Sr.

Ath. - Cortez McDowell, Locust Grove, Jr.

K - Andres Guillen, Stockbridge, Sr.

Defense

DL - Titus Davis, Stockbridge, So.

DL - Shawanye Lawrence, Eagle’s Landing, Sr.

DL -Nick Fryer, Dutchtown, So.

DL - Timarcus Cullins, Stockbridge, Jr.

LB - Damon Young, Woodland, Jr.

LB - Cameron Gordon, Stockbridge, Jr.

LB - Tremond Gates, Dutchtown, Sr.

LB - Orlando Fraley, Stockbridge, Sr.

DB - Javon Brandon, Stockbridge, Jr.

DB - Corey Hall, Stockbridge, Sr.

DB - Brandon Durden, Dutchtown, Jr.

DB - Cymeon Burden, Eagle’s Landing, Jr.

Ath. - Cortez McDowell, Locust Grove, Jr.

P - Mark Bussey, Woodland, Jr.

Jonesboro senior Cameron Sutton, who committed to Tennessee, was named the region player of the year. Sutton, a three-sport standout, accounted for 1,396 all-purpose yards in leading the Cardinals to a region runner-up finish and playoff berth.

Riverdale senior Troy Wyche was named the region’s top defensive player after helping the Raiders earn a playoff berth. The 6-1, 215-pound linebacker had a team-leading 135 tackles, including 18 tackles for loss and six sacks. He is being recruited by several Div. I schools, including Indiana, Southern Mississippi and Tennessee State.

Trenton Earl of Stockbridge was named co-offensive player of the year along with Upson-Lee quarterback Corey Moss. Earl, a senior, lead the Tigers to the best season in school history as they finished as region champion and advanced to the quarterfinals of state.

He passed for 1,266 yards and rushed for 585 yards and 12 touchdowns. Amazingly, Earl finished the season with no interceptions in 134 pass attempts.

Tikeem Cooper of Riverdale was named the top special teams player in the region. On offense, Cooper had 709 yards on 114 carries with six touchdowns. He averaged 6.2 yards per carry for the Raiders.

After leading Stockbridge to an 11-win season, Tigers coach Kevin Whitley was named the coach of the year. It was the second straight season that Stockbridge reached the playoffs. This was the first region championship in school history in football, which started in 1964.

The region, which was subdivided, named an all-subregion team for each division. Players from the Southern Crescent dominated both squads with athletes on each.