Cobb has 25 earn all-state nods from GACA

John Bednarowski, Marietta Daily Journal, Ga.
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Feb. 17—Twenty-five Cobb County football players were honored by the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association as part of its all-state teams.

The teams, broken into classifications and then selected for either the north or south were released this week. Teams from regions 1-4 were deemed south and those from regions 5-8 were designated the north

Allatoona, which won Region 6AAAAAA and advanced to the state quarterfinals, placed the most players on the Class AAAAAA North team with five. Three of the players came from the defensive side of the ball — defensive lineman James Watt, linebacker Vinny Canosa and defensive back Brett Blomquist — after the Buccaneers allowed only nine points per game for the season. Offensively, Allatoona put offensive lineman Gavin Tatum and tight end Bennett Christian on the squad.

North Cobb followed with four players on the Class AAAAAAA South team off a squad that won Region 3AAAAAAA and advanced to the second round of the playoffs. The Warriors had two on each side of the ball, but they were led by quarterback Malachi Singleton, who as a sophomore was the county breakout player of the year throwing for 1,691 yards and 15 touchdowns as well as running for 1,091 yards and 17 scores. He was recently ranked as the No. 2 dual-threat quarterback in the country for the Class of 2023.

Singleton was joined by wide receiver Christian Moss, and linebackers Josh Joseph and Montrel Jenkins. Jenkins turned into a ball-hawk and had seven interceptions on the season, returning five of them for touchdowns.

Sprayberry won its first state playoff game in program history by defeating Creekview, and for the effort had three players selected to the Class AAAAAA north squad — running back Damarion Owens, who ran for 1,086 yards and 16 touchdowns, offensive lineman David Evbomenya and defensive lineman Christian Mergler.

Three teams in Class AAAAAAA had two selections each. McEachern was represented by offensive lineman Latrell Bullard and linebacker Ese Dubre. Harrison's selections were running back Jay Zigler and linebacker Marcus Bleazard, who finished the year with 133 tackles and county-leading 14 sacks. Kicker Conor Cummins and defensive back Marcus Allen each earned spots from Walton.

In Class AAAAAA, Kell's Jamal Hill earned a spot at wide receiver, while Deandre Creary was named at defensive back. They were joined by South Cobb linebacker Uchenna Nwoba.

Two Class A Private schools had two players selected. North Cobb Christian offensive lineman Ben Hollars and linebacker Sharnard Banks earned spots, as did Whitefield Academy linebacker Eric Little and county-leading wide receiver Myles Redding, who finished the season with 63 catches for 1,113 yards and seven touchdowns.

Class AAAAAAA South


QB Malachi Singleton, North Cobb

RB Jay Zigler, Harrison

OL Latrell Bullard, McEachern

K Connor Cummins, Walton

WR Christian Moss, North Cobb


LB Ese Dubre, McEachern

LB Montrel Jenkins, North Cobb

LB Marcus Bleazard, Harrison

LB Josh Josephs, North Cobb

DB Marcus Allen, Walton

Class AAAAAA North


RB Damarion Owens, Sprayberry

OL Gavin Tatum, Allatoona

OL David Evbomenya, Sprayberry

TE Bennett Christian, Allatoona

WR Jamal Hill, Kell


DL James Watts, Allatoona

DL Christian Mergler, Sprayberry

LB Vinny Canosa, Allatoona

LB Uchenna Nwoba, South Cobb

DB Deandre Creary, Kell

DB Bret Blomquist, Allatoona

Class A Private North

OL Ben Hollars, North Cobb Christian

LB Sharnard Banks, North Cobb Christian

Class A Private South

WR Miles Redding, Whitefield Academy

LB Eric Little, Whitefield Academy