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Offensive Player of the Year 

Ze’Vian Capers, Denmark

Capers was one of the top receiving threats in the state for the first-year Danes, totaling 1,182 receiving yards on 60 catches – almost 20 yards per catch – and 11 touchdowns. He also played full-time as a safety.

Defensive Player of the Year 

Jamal Camp, South Forsyth

Camp didn’t stuff the stat sheet every night, but he strongly influenced every opposing offense’s game plan. He totaled 11 tackles for loss, seven sacks, and 28 quarterback pressures and displayed impressive stamina by also playing offensive line later in the year.

Coach of the Year 

Frank Hepler, Forsyth Central

Hepler, who started West Forsyth’s program and quickly made the Wolverines a state contender, pulled off another impressive construction project with the Bulldogs, guiding the program to a 7-3 record and state playoff berth a season after finishing 0-10.

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Denmark quarterback Ben Whitlock looks downfield during the Danes' game against Forsyth Central on Sept. 7, 2018 at Forsyth Central High School. - photo by Ben Hendren

First team offense

QB Ben Whitlock, Denmark, Jr.

Was one of the most productive passers in the state, throwing for 2,713 yards and 26 touchdowns with a 49% completion rate.

RB Jordan Brunson, South Forsyth, Jr.

Led Region 5-7A in rushing and scoring, gaining 933 yards on 198 carries and scoring 15 touchdowns.

WR Abe Camara, West Forsyth, Sr.

Charleston Southern commit broke out as the Wolverines leaned more on the pass as the year went on, catching 44 passes for 755 yards and 10 touchdowns.

WR Nicky Dalmolin, North Forsyth, Jr.

Duke commit had 514 yards receiving on 47 catches.

WR Teddy Davenport, Denmark, So.

Skilled slot receiver had 36 catches for 419 yards and seven touchdowns.

TE Andrew Harvey, Denmark, So.

Had 24 catches for 431 yards – an average of 18 yards per catch – and a touchdown.

OL Jeremy James, North Forsyth, Sr.

Ole Miss signee graded out at 88 percent and recorded 72 pancake blocks.

OL Brent Grab, North Forsyth, Sr.

Graded out at 93 percent and didn’t give up a sack.

OL Noah Mallard, Denmark, Jr.

Graded out at 92 percent with 41 pancake blocks.

OL Ben Ranke, Forsyth Central, Sr.

Graded out at 96 percent.

OL Garrett Nash, Forsyth Central, Sr.

Graded out at 97 percent.

ATH Stephon Bland, West Forsyth, Sr.

Lehigh signee had 24 catches for 254 yards and four touchdowns and ran for 803 yards and 5 touchdowns.

K Brody Palmer, Forsyth Central, Sr.

Put 90% of his kickoffs into the end zone and was six-for-nine on field goals, including a 47-yarder.

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South Forsyth's C.J. Ford (right) and Taft Hilton (left) converge on Lambert quarterback Peyton Rich during a game on Oct. 5, 2018 at Lambert High School. Photo by Paul Ward.

First team defense

DL Gallil Guillaume, Lambert, Sr.

Cornell commit had 78 tackles, including 20 for loss and 11.5 sacks.

DL Mikhari Sibblis, West Forsyth, Sr.

Cornell commit had 71 tackles, including 41 solo, with six for loss, seven quarterback hurries and two fumble recoveries.

DL Luis Gonzalez, South Forsyth, Sr.

Had 58 tackles, including 15 for loss, and two sacks.

DL Alex Szakacs, Forsyth Central, Jr.

Had 65 tackles, with sacks and seven quarterback pressures, and broke up four passes.

LB Eli Orr, West Forsyth, Jr.

Took on more responsibility as the team’s middle linebacker and was constantly in on plays, recording 140 tackles.

LB C.J. Ford, South Forsyth, Jr.

Had 95 tackles, including 10 for loss, 4.5 sacks, forced two fumbles and broke up two passes.

LB Jack Hughes, West Forsyth, Jr.

Had 104 tackles, seven sacks, 12 tackles for loss, 10 quarterback hurries and an interception.

LB Jackson Leak, Forsyth Central, Sr.

Had 112 tackles, broke up seven passes, recorded seven sacks and recovered two fumbles.

DB Abe Camara, West Forsyth, Sr.

Had 100 tackles, including five for loss, and forced two fumbles.

DB Tristen Rose, Forsyth Central, Sr.

Grabbed seven interceptions, broke up 15 passes, forced three fumbles and scored two touchdowns.

DB Landon Sims, South Forsyth, Sr.

Mississippi State baseball signee had 95 tackles, including five for loss, broke up seven passes and picked off three.

DB Honus Wagner, North Forsyth, Sr.

Had 41 tackles, five quarterback hurries, one interception and one forced fumble while playing full-time at running back for much of the year.

P Keaton Platzke, Forsyth Central, Sr.

Averaged 43 yards on 37 punts.

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North Forsyth's Bryson Trigg takes a carry as South Forsyth's Landon Sims goes for a tackle in a football game on Oct. 19, 2018 at South Forsyth High School.

Second team offense

Drew Southern, West Forsyth, So.

Started the year third on the Wolverines’ depth chart but showed an accurate touch that allowed West to reshape its offense, throwing for 1,095 yards and 10 touchdowns with a 62% completion rate.

RB Honus Wagner, North Forsyth, Sr.

Filled in as the team’s top running back for much of the year, rushing for 888 yards and six touchdowns on 131 carries.

WR Charlie Aiken, North Forsyth, Sr.

Had 20 catches for 473 yards and four touchdowns.

WR Cameron Schurr, South Forsyth, Jr.

Had 20 catches for 315 yards and four touchdowns.

WR John Thompson, Lambert, Sr.

Had 43 catches for 426 yards and three touchdowns.

TE David Stubbs, Pinecrest, Sr.

Had 24 receptions for 305 yards and two touchdowns.

OL Zach Tryon, West Forsyth, Sr.

Provided a strong, versatile presence for an offense that changed considerably throughout the year.

OL Bryce Malone, Forsyth Central, Sr.

Graded out at 94 percent.

OL Zach Schechtman, Pinecrest, Sr.

First team all-state honoree helped the Paladins’ offense engineer an impressive turnaround.

OL Keith Fehr, South Forsyth, Jr.

Graded out at 91 percent with 55 pancake blocks.

OL Cameron Michini, South Forsyth, Sr.

Graded out at 93 percent with 41 pancake blocks.

ATH Bryson Trigg, North Forsyth, Sr.

Missed most of the season with a broken collarbone but still racked up significant yards, rushing for 424 yards and five touchdowns on 76 carries and catching eight passes for 210 yards and three touchdowns.

K Parker Hannon, West Forsyth, Jr.

Made 31 PATS on 33 attempts and was 4-for-7 on field goals with a long of 40.

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South Forsyth's Andrew Hill celebrates after making a play against South Gwinnett on Sept. 7, 2018 at South Forsyth High School. Photo by Paul Ward.

Second team defense

DL Arthur Marsden, Denmark, Jr.

Had 67 tackles, including five for loss and three sacks, and forced two fumbles.

DL Trevor Patrick, South Forsyth, Sr.

Had 60 tackles, including 10 for loss, and 2.5 sacks.

DL Netanel Gedion, West Forsyth, Sr.

Had 55 tackles, four sacks and 10 tackles for loss.

DL Stone Brown, Pinecrest, Sr.

Had 67 tackles, including eight for loss, with three sacks.

LB Nick Carozza, Denmark, Jr.

Had 73 tackles, including eight for loss, and an interception. Also played regularly on offense.

LB Andrew Hill, South Forsyth, Sr.

Had 117 tackles, including nine for loss.

LB Zach Burchfield, Denmark, Jr.

Had 91 tackles, including 14 for loss, and recovered three fumbles.

LB Nathan Smith, Lambert, Sr.

Had 100 tackles, including 13 for loss, with seven sacks and three passes broken up.

DB Jon Fleming, North Forsyth, Sr.

Had 61 tackles, three interceptions and six passes defended.

DB Jake Rising, Lambert, Sr.

Had 56 tackles, three interceptions and broke up four passes.

DB Matthew Cassandra, Denmark, Jr.

Had 59 tackles, one interception and forced four fumbles.

DB Colby Mangan, Pinecrest, Sr.

Had 53 tackles, three interceptions and recovered a fumble.

P Drew Dockter, Lambert, Sr.

Averaged 37 yards on 46 punts.