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PLAYER OF THE YEAR WATCH

Photo by Derrick Mahone
Jonesboro quarterback Mario Atkinson passed for 213 yards and a touchdown in the Cardinals’ loss at Griffin last week.

Photo by Derrick Mahone Jonesboro quarterback Mario Atkinson passed for 213 yards and a touchdown in the Cardinals’ loss at Griffin last week.

1T. Travis Custis, Lovejoy: For the last two seasons, the 215-pound running back has been the workhorse in the Wildcats offense. Last week, he had a season-high 38 carries for 158 yards. On the season, the Georgia Tech commitment has 392 yards rushing and five touchdowns on 66 carries.

1T. Cameron Sutton, Jonesboro: On the season, the Tennessee commitment has 10 catches for 227 yards and two touchdowns, but it’s his game-breaking potential that has him as a leading candidate. He also has two rushing touchdowns and has scored on an interception for the Cardinals.

  1. Alejandro Bennifield, Lovejoy: Looking more comfortable in the offense, the senior is off to a fast start with a stable of talented receivers. He has thrown for 641 yards on 40 of 70 passes with seven touchdowns. He only has two interceptions. In the win against Alpharetta last week, he had 272 yards passing and two touchdowns.

  2. Ti’Keem Cooper, Riverdale: The running back has been just as effective on special teams as he has on offense. So far, he has two kickoff returns for touchdowns as Riverdale is off to its best start in eight seasons. In a win over previously ranked Grady, he had 72 yards rushing and a touchdown.

  3. Patrick Petty, Jonesboro: While his much-heralded teammates receive most of the publicity, the senior has quietly padded his resume this season. In a loss to third-ranked Griffin last week, he had 13 carries for 70 yards and three touchdowns. He also had three receptions for 25 yards.

— Compiled by Derrick Mahone