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PLAYER OF THE YEAR WATCH

  1. Travis Custis, Lovejoy: In the last three weeks, the senior running back has scored at least two touchdowns in the Wildcats win. The Georgia Tech commitment had 118 yards rushing on 16 carries in a win over Newton that clinched the team’s third straight region championship. He averaged seven yards per carry in the win.

  2. Cameron Sutton, Jonesboro: The Cardinals offensive coaching staff tries as many way as possible to get the ball into the talented senior’s hands. He has lined up at the wide receiver and quarterback spots throughout the season. In a crucial win over Riverdale last week, Sutton had nine offensive touches where he averaged eight yards each time.

  3. Alejandro Bennifield, Lovejoy: Aside from his ability to lead a talented offensive attack, the senior quarterback has been a winner for the ninth-ranked Wildcats. As a starter, the Tennessee-Chattanooga commitment has compiled a 22-2 record and won consecutive region championship. In the past four games, he has thrown for at least 200 yards. In last week’s win over Newton, which clinched the Region 2-AAAAAA championship, Bennifield passed for 223 yards and three touchdowns.

  4. Mario Atkinson, Jonesboro: The junior quarterback didn’t necessary have a great game stat wise against Riverdale, but the Cardinals still got the win. In his first year as a starter, Atkinson has the Cardinals ranked at No. 7 in the Associated Press poll and in second place in the subregion. This season, he has accounted for 1,400 passing yards as the team has compiled a 7-1 overall record.

  5. Rodney Smith, Mundy’s Mill: The junior running back enters the last two weeks of the regular season with 1,379 yards rushing as the Tigers attempt to clinch a playoff spot. He also has 16 rushing touchdowns on the season and is averaging 172 yards per game. In a loss to Union Grove last week, he had 123 yards on 22 carries, however, he scored the team’s lone touchdown on an 8-yard run.