Originally created 01/07/01

First-team has state's top talent



Greenbrier quarterback Will Caywood passed for 2,842 yards and 25 touchdowns in 10 games this season. Yet the senior seemed surprised to be chosen as a first-team selection to The Augusta Chronicle's all-area team.

"Going into the year, I read The Augusta Chronicle's Dream 16; I didn't really deserve to be on there because I was hurt (last year)," Caywood said. "But it's nice; the hard work pays off in the end. There's so many good quarterbacks around here."

Although Americus quarterback Robert Johnson set the single-season passing record, finishing with a 15-game total of 3,263 yards, Caywood could have set the mark had the Wolfpack advanced further in the state playoffs. The senior averaged 284 yards passing per game.

The state's single-season all-time leading rusher, Washington-Wilkes' Daccus Turman, and Swainsboro running back Brandon Andrews were the Chronicle's first-team running backs. Turman finished with 3,172 yards rushing, setting the state single-season rushing record, while Andrews finished third on the list with 2,814 yards.

The two wide receivers were Greenbrier's Matt Jackson and Lincoln County's Casey Colvin, while the tight end was Greenbrier's Kent Adcox, who finished the season with 63 catches for 956 yards.

Evans' Shane Yates highlighted an impressive group of offensive linemen that includes Washington County's Will Lord, Washington-Wilkes' Michael Bailey, Swainsboro's Benjie Bell and Laney's Bakari Thurmond. Yates was named to the Chronicle's first team last year.

Laney quarterback Nick Figgs, who helped engineer the Wildcats'10-2 record, was named the top athlete, while Swainsboro's Cason DeVane was named the kicker.

Burke County, which had its best season since 1997, placed two players on defense - lineman Calvin Harris and linebacker Thomas Wright. Lincoln County's Jametrus Freeman and Evans' Ernest Powell also made the first team as defensive linemen.

In addition to Wright at linebacker, Class AAA state champion Swainsboro had DeWayne Woods and Charles Silas on the team, while Westside junior Jesse Suarez also was named to the squad.

Five players highlighted an impressive group of defensive backs, led by the versatile Rick Stokes of Lincoln County. Stokes was a defensive standout but also returned punts and kicks and played wide receiver for the Red Devils.

The other defensive backs are Thomson's multitalented Donald Williams, Washington-Wilkes' Fred Dunn, Laney's Latray Walker and Washington County's two-way threat, Cory May.

Evans' Brian Reed, who averaged 39 yards per kick, was named the first-team punter.

Reach Tim Morse at (706) 823-3216 or timmorse@augustachronicle.com