For their efforts, 14 Canes and 10 Tigers were recognized earlier this week when the Region 5-AAA All-Region honors were announced.
Cartersville quarterback Brooks Barden was awarded the region’s Offensive Player of the Year. He threw for 2,382 yards and 42 touchdowns. He also ran for 425 yards and six touchdowns.
Cartersville and Adairsville each had five players selected to the All-Region first team.
For Adairsville, quarterback Marcus Childers, offensive lineman Sheldon LaVette and kicker Dakota Hines were selected on offense. Sidnee Johnson was selected as a linebacker, but also had 684 rushing yards and 465 kick return yards in eight games.
Childers ran for 922 yards and eight touchdowns this season. He also threw for 772 yards and seven touchdowns. Hines kicked an impressive 65 percent of his 49 kickoffs into the end zone while connecting on 41 of 43 point-after-touchdowns. He also made three field goals, including a 42-yarder and punted three times this season for an average of 41 yards.
Safety DeAndre Applin made the first team on the strength of his 75 total tackles and five passes defensed.
The first team all-region selections for Cartersville included running back Tiamon Pennymon, wide receiver T.L. Ford, defensive lineman Alex Barnes, linebacker Kalin Heath and defensive back Mark Quattlebaum.
Four of the five Canes selected for the first team play on both offense and defense. Pennymon was one of those players, but was selected as a running back based off his 652 rushing yards and nine offensive touchdowns.
Barnes was Cartersville’s nose guard and left tackle. Heath, in addition to his defensive prowess, ran for 812 yards along with 256 receiving yards and 10 offensive touchdowns.
Quattlebaum made the all-region team as a safety, but also had 550 receiving yards and 10 touchdown receptions on offense. Quattlebaum’s receiving partner, Ford, was the leading wideout for Cartersville this season with 600 yards and eight touchdowns.
The all-region second team included Austin Harris and Dametrices Pitt from Adairsville. Harris ran the ball effectively as well as contributing as a receiver. He had 702 total yards of offense to go along with nine offensive touchdowns. Pitt had 40 total tackles as the Tigers’ noseguard, forced a fumble, recovered two and recorded three tackles for a loss, including two sacks.
Cartersville had five members of its team honored as second team all-region selections. Those players include offensive lineman Alex Christina, wide receiver Gordon Gray, linebacker Tyler Reed, linebacker Jesse House and cornerback Devin Henderson.
Gray was part of Cartersville’s dynamic trio of wide receivers and finished with 470 yards and 11 touchdowns on the year.
Cartersville offensive lineman Collin Sapp, defensive end Atlan Glanton and defensive back Trevor Carlton were honorable mentions.
Adairsville honorable mentions included linebacker Coltin Gulledge and defensive ends Trey and Trevor Lloyd.