South Forsyth head coach Jeff Arnette was named the Region 6-AAAAAA Coach of the Year, as selected by the coaches, while 14 War Eagles were selected to for top honors or named to the first or second all-region team, released Monday. Lambert followed with 11 players on the first or second team, while West Forsyth had seven and North Forsyth five.
Arnette, in his sixth year with the program, led the War Eagles to an 11-2 record that included their second region title in school history and a march to the state quarterfinals that included landmark wins over perennial state title contenders Norcross and Tucker.
South quarterback Davis Shanley, a first-year starter as a junior, was named the Offensive Player of the Year. Shanley started all 13 games, throwing for 2,348 yards with a 63-percent completion percentage, 25 touchdowns to 12 interceptions, while rushing for 623 yards and eight scores.
Shanley’s tight end, Cameron Kline, was rather recognized for stellar play on the other side of the ball, receiving the Defensive Player of the Year. Kline recorded 13 of his 50 total tackles behind the line of scrimmage, while also registering 15 sacks, 20 quarterback hurries, recovering four fumbles and forcing two. He recovered two of those fumbles for touchdowns.
Overall, the four Forsyth schools in the region (Lambert, North, South and West) accounted for 37 of the 72 all-region players across nine schools.
Below are all Forsyth players that made the list:
Sam Fleming (TE, Lambert), Jalen Camp (WR, South), Austin Reid (WR, West), Sean Bailey (OL, Lambert), Jackson Bardall (OL, North), Tyler McLellan (OL, South), Cliff Snyder (OL, Lambert), Eli Huggins (DL, West), Clint Hall (DL, West), Ryan LaFlamme (DL, South), Taylor Brinkerhoff (DL, Lambert), Mac Redmond (LB, Lambert), Max Slott (LB, South), Curtis Roach (DB, South), Joey Congrove (DB, West), Justyn Jean-Felix (DB, Lambert), Alex Barbir (K, South), Jacob Whitten (P, North), Simon Holcomb (KR, North), Anthony Ratliff (LS, Lambert)
Kiernen Hamilton (QB, West), Sam Outlaw (RB, South), Caleb Byrd (TE, North), Tanner Hall (WR, Lambert), Jack Huestess (OL, Lambert), Jordan Nelson (OL, South), Grant Torgerson (ATH, West), Blake Oldfield (DL, South), Michael Bun (DL, North) Brad Whicher (DL, Lambert), Julian Mingo (LB, South), Kyle Conner (LB, Lambert), Elijah Smith (DB, South), Marcus Chatelain (DB, Lambert), Jordan Palms (DB, North), Bryce Jones (K, West), Sandy Barstow (LS, South)
Lambert – QB Richie Kenney, OL Jason Regulski, WR Tyler Gillis, RB Will Kohlins, DB Jarrett Wright, DL David Plante, DL Parker Reynolds. South – LB Grant Umberger, WR Ronnie Chambliss, RB Stanley Epeagba, OL Jack Winkie, DB Sean O’Malley. North – QB/RB Cody Dwyer, CB Zack Griffin, CB Robert Bishop, LB Griffin Hughes, CB Bradley Thomas, LB/OL Seth Collett, OL Willie Andrews. West – WR Zach Burns, WR Garrett Broxson, OL Grant Sadler, OL Matt McIntire, DB Luke Lingo, LB Aaron Wagoner, LB Jackson Brantley.