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Green had big season for Burke County

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If Donquell Green can sidestep opponents as a quarterback and score touchdowns, there’s no reason he can’t do the same as a defender – or anywhere else he’s put.

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Burke County quarterback Donquell Green, the Augusta Chronicle's player of the year, is a versatile playmaker.  MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
MICHAEL HOLAHAN/STAFF
Burke County quarterback Donquell Green, the Augusta Chronicle's player of the year, is a versatile playmaker.

As he sees it, playmakers just make big plays. So Green aspires to do so, whether he’s taking the snap from the center or waiting to catch the ball on a kickoff.

This season, Green produced highlights at every position he played, though most came as the quarterback for the Burke County football team. A junior, Green rushed for 1,827 yards, passed for 1,399 yards and did a little bit of everything to lead the Bears to the Class AAAA state quarterfinals. For his impressive season, Green is The Augusta Chronicle’s Georgia football player of the year.

“If I’m going to make a big play on the offensive side of the ball, I should be able to make a big play on the defensive side of the ball,” Green said. “That’s what Division I players do.”

Green was the backup quarterback behind Corey Mayton in 2011, when the Bears won the Class AAA state championship. This fall, Green had the job with Mayton gone, and Green was unstoppable for most of the season.

Against Cross Creek, for example, Green accounted for five touchdowns: three rushing scores, an interception return and a passing score in the 55-6 win.

But that wasn’t the only huge game. In the first round of the Class AAAA state playoffs, Green rushed for three touchdowns, threw for one and also had a 98-yard kickoff return against Perry.

Pick any game, really, and similar statlines keep showing up.

Going into the season offensively, Green wanted to work on his throws. With his blazing speed, Green was a known threat as a runner. But to stop defenses from stacking the box or using blitzes to keep him contained, he had to get better as a passer.

He’s still not where he wants to be, but Green improved to become a powerful dual-threat quarterback.

With that progression, Green had plenty of passing touchdowns to go along with the rushes and other scores.

But one kind of touchdown is his favorite — the kickoff return.

“The crowd’s pumped; everybody is hyped for the kickoff. The thought of the kicker having the guts to kick it to me, that’s what gets me,” Green said. “Everybody’s screaming on both sides. It’s just the best feeling ever.”

AT A GLANCE

NAME: Donquell Green, Burke County

CLASS: Jr.

HT./WT.: 5-foot-8½/158 pounds

RUSHING: 177 attempts, 1,827 yards 32 TD

PASSING: 86-132, 1,399 yards, 11 TD, 2 interceptions

2012: Burke County went 11-2, reaching the Class AAAA state quarterfinals. The Bears averaged 39.7 points per game and 415 yards per game.


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