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Seven area players named to respective All-State teams

David Mitchell

Both the Alabama and Georgia All-State teams have been released, and seven area athletes made the first team in their respective classifications.

In Georgia, Carver offensive lineman Fred Williams and Columbus defensive back Essang Bassey were named first team in Class 5A, Spencer offensive lineman Raekwon Allen was first team in 3A, Manchester defensive back Demarcus Addie made the list in 2A and Marion County athlete Lorenzo Smothers in Class A.

In Alabama, two Central defenders, defensive back John Broussard and defensive lineman Walter Pritchett, made the first team in Class 7A.

Williams graded out at 91 percent on the line for Carver this season and was also named first-team All-Bi-City. Bassey, who was the All-Bi-City athlete of the year, was particularly strong on defense, recording 50 tackles, six for loss, an interception and three fumble recoveries. Quarterbacks consistently avoided his side of the field. He is committed to Wake Forest.

Spencer’s Allen graded out at 88 percent for the year, and Addie recorded seven interceptions for Manchester. Smothers, once again, put up numbers from all corners of the field, rushing for 1,063 yards and 13 touchdowns, catching 26 passes for 371 yards and eight touchdowns, passing for a touchdown, recording five interceptions and a touchdown on defense, and scoring four times in the return game.

For Central, Broussard had an interception and nine passes broken up and has signed with Auburn, while Pritchett recorded 14.5 sacks and was named the All-Bi-City defensive player of the year.

Spencer coach Pierre Coffey came one vote shy of winning coach of the year for Class 3A, losing to Gerry Romberg of Westminster.

Second-teamers in Georgia were as follows:

In Class 5A, Carver quarterback Jawon Pass, Northside kicker Nathan Robertson and Carver defensive back Javontay Smith; in Class 3A, Spencer defensive lineman Chris Baker and Jordan linebacker Markus Wright; in Class 2A, Chattahoochee County linebacker Isaiah Carter; and in Class A, Smothers was also named second-team defensive back.

Honorable mention selections in the state were:

In Class 5A, Shaw offensive lineman Austin Hester; in Class 3A, Spencer running back Tyrell Smith, Spencer wide receivers Ervin Davis and Jermaine Hernandez, and Spencer defensive back Daymeonta White; in Class 2A, Chattahoochee County wide receiver Mackery White; and in Class A, Brookstone defensive lineman Josh Long and Pacelli linebacker Ben Davis.

In Alabama, Central wide receiver Justyn Ross and Smiths Station linebacker Vada King made second team, while Central running back Jaxton Carson, Central defensive back Karon Delince and Smiths Station wide receiver Austin Taylor were all named honorable mentions.

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