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Wes McCard/The Thomaston TimesUpson-Lee's Shamare Bailey steps up from his corner back position to make a tackle in the Knights' victory over Pike County last season.
Wes McCard/The Thomaston TimesUpson-Lee's Shamare Bailey steps up from his corner back position to make a tackle in the Knights' victory over Pike County last season.
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New head coach Tommy Parks has his Knights working this summer as they prepare to enter their 2014 campaign in Region 2, a new Region for Upson-Lee.


Last season Region 2 was represented by in the State Playoffs by Veterans, Mary Persons, Westside-Macon, and Rutland. This season, Westside-Macon and Rutland have moved to AAA, while the Knights become the seventh team in Region 2 along with Veterans, Mary Persons, Baldwin, Howard, Perry, and West Laurens.


After some research, I have come up with a little information on each team in Region 2, and what the Knights can expect to see in 2014.


Baldwin Braves: Milledgeville


Last Season: (3-7, 2-5)


Head Coach: Lee Hannah (1st Year)


Key players to watch: #9, #2, #7, #11


#9 RB-Kentavious Thomas (5’11”, 195), Thomas has already committed to Mississippi State after a big season last year, where he was named First Team All-Middle Georgia. He runs hard up the middle and can break away once out in the open. He runs a 4.6 in the 40m and an 11 seconds flat in the 100m.


#2 QB-Tajhea Chambers (6’2”, 215) Chambers is a big quarterback in a region full of big quarterbacks. He likes to run just as much as he throws the ball. He runs a 4.7 in the 40 and has a strong arm, though he needs a little work with his accuracy. He was Third Team All-Middle Georgia last season.


#7 WR-Brandon Goodman- (5’10”, 175) He is a speed guy that runs a 4.47 in the 40 and a 10.7 in the 100m. Honorable Mention All-Middle Georgia Team


#11 DB/RB-Quavez Hill- (5’9, 180) Very physical corner and fast runner (4.47 in the 40). Has more speed from the running back position than Thomas, but doesn’t run inside as much as Thomas. Honorable Mention All-Middle Georgia Team as a defensive back.


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Howard Huskies: Macon


Last Season: (2-8, 0-7)


Head Coach: Barney Hester (2nd year)


Key players to watch: #34, #24


#34 RB-Jaquan Stinson- (5’10”, 185) Led the Huskies with 821 yards rushing on 154 carries, while scoring 2 TDs. Named Honorable Mention to the All-Middle Georgia Team.


#24 LB-Able Grant- (6’, 200) Leading returning tackler for the Huskies. Honorable Mention All-Middle Georgia Team.


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Mary Persons Bulldogs: Forsyth


Last Season: (10-3, 6-1) lost 20-0 to Burke Co in 2nd round of playoffs


Head Coach: Brian Nelson


Players to watch: #99, #2, #23, #9, #73, #17, #35


#99 DL-Demarcus Davis- (6’1, 200) Finished with 78 tackles, 22 tackles for a loss, 11 hurries, six sacks, and two forced fumbles. Named First Team All-Middle Georgia


#2 DB- Quen Head- (6’2”, 195) Tallied 21 solo tackles and two interceptions in 2013. Named Second Team All-Middle Georgia.


#23 RB- Dee High- (5’10”, 170) He rushed for 734 yards and 12 TDs on 131 carries. He was named Third Team All-Middle Georgia.


#9 DB/KR- Keri Brown- (5’8”, 170) He was a kick returner and starting corner back for the Bulldogs in 2013. Named Honorable Mention All-Middle Georgia last season


#73 C- Tyler Camp- (6’4”, 285) Starting center for the Bulldogs. He was named Honorable Mention All-


Middle Georgia.


#17 QB- Cal King- (6’2”, 195) Last season King Completed 57 of 109 passes for 1007 yards, with 9 TDs and 6 Ints. He was named Honorable Mention All-Middle Georgia.


#35 LB- Quen Shannon- (5’11”, 210) He finished with 30 tackles in 2013 and was named Honorable Mention All-Middle Georgia.


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Perry Panthers: Perry


Last Season: (3-7, 3-4)


Head Coach: Erik Soliday (2nd year)


Players to watch: #3, #54


#3 WR/FS- K.J. Smith- (5’10”, 170) Plays both sides of ball and free safety and slot receiver, also returns kicks. Honorable Mention All-Middle Georgia


#54 C- Ashton Strange- (6’, 265) Starting center as only a sophomore. Named Honorable Mention All-Middle Georgia Team.


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Veterans Warhawks: Kathleen


Last Season: (8-4, 7-0) lost 20-17 to Wayne County in 2nd round of playoffs


Head Coach: David Bruce (5th year)


Players to watch: #1, #2, #89, #13, #51, #21


#1 SS/RB- Rashaad Bolton- (6’0, 200) Started at safety for the Warhawks and played running back. Very good tackler on the edge, runs a 4.55 in the 40. Finished with 48 tackles and 8 TFL. Named Honorable Mention All-Middle Georgia as a DB.


#2 QB- Logan Byrd- (6’3, 225) Elite size as a QB especially for an upcoming junior (started as a freshman) and a good runner for his size. Has good pocket awareness and being recruited by many D1 school already and has offers from Marshall, Virginia, North Carolina, N.C. State, Duke, and Illinois. Passed for over 1,300 yards and 7 TDs, also threw 10 Ints, while rushing for over 250 yards and 8 Tds. Honorable Mention All-Middle Georgia.


#89 DL- Sam Dumas- (6’0, 195) Finished season with 46 tackles and six sacks. Named Honorable Mention All-Middle Georgia.


#13 DB- D.J. Rozier- (5’11, 160) Finished with 42 tackles and 2 Ints. Named Honorable Mention All-Middle Georgia.


#51 DL- Jamar Simmons- (6’1, 255) Led team with 8 sacks while tallying 37 tackles. Named honorable Mention All-Middle Georgia.


#21 RB- Ben Thomas- (5’10, 185) Returning leading rusher with 160 carries for 742 yards and 6 TDs. Named Honorable Mention All-Middle Georgia.


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West Laurens Blue Raiders: Dexter


Last Season: (3-7, 2-5)


Head Coach: Stacey Nobles (4th year)


Players to Watch: #82, #4, #3


#82 WR- Justin Smith- (6’7”, 200) WR with Elite size, being recruited for football and basketball. Led team with 13 catches for 302 yards receiving and 5 TDs. Has good hands, not great but good speed…probably projects as college basketball player, but he is hard to stop from catching the fade passes in the end zone.


#4 RB- Darius Bradford- (5’11”, 185) Ran for 360 yards as a freshman on 51 carries. Has superior speed, but runs a little high. Named Honorable Mention All-Middle Georgia.


#3 QB- Garrel Quainton- (6’3”, 190) Passed for 369 yards and 5 TD while completing 21 of 49 passes. Very athletic and can move in the pocket. He was Named Honorable Mention All-Middle Georgia.


Keep reading The Times, like us on Facebook, and follow us on Twitter. Soon I will give my predictions for the 2014 Upson-Lee football season.


Wes McCard can be contacted at (706) 647-5414 or on Twitter @WesMc21.

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