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Eastside leads 2015 All-County team

The football season is over for the three local schools of Newton County. Seniors walked off the field for the final time and coaches gave their final speech of the regular season. Although the games are over the season isn’t complete until the players are honored by the local paper for their contributions. We present you with the 2015 All-County football team. Stats and recommendations were provided by coaches. The decisions were tough, as some players – even ones on the same team – were close in stats. Numbers played a big part in picking what player went where, as well as recommendations. Players that had similar stats, but might have looked better on the field or had a bigger impact were given more consideration. Because there were so many players worthy there is an honorable mention section for those who didn’t have the numbers, but still had a big impact on their team. Enjoy.


Quarterback: Romario Johnson (Newton) – All-Region 2-AAAAAA Offensive Player of the Year. 115-187 Passing, 1,960 yards passing, 15-4 TD/INT ratio, 75 rushes-592 8 TDs.

Running Back: Kurt Taylor (Newton) – 171 rush attempts for 1,169 yards, 16 TDs, 15 catches 152 yards.

Running Back: Eric Stokes (Eastside) – 110 rushes, 785 yards (7.1 yds/carry), 7 TD.
24 catches, 350 yards (14.6 yds/catch), 3 TD.

Wide Receiver: Jeremiah Holloman (Newton) – 32 receptions, 632 yards, 7 TDs.

Wide Receiver: Josh Sims (Eastside) – 46 catches, 706 yards (15.3 yds/catch), 11 TD.

Wide Receiver: Deandre Huff (Newton) – 22 catches, 418 yards, 6 TDs (4 receiving)

Offensive Lineman: Chandler Sweat (Eastside) – Averaged 3.5 knock-down blocks per game. Only gave up 3 sacks total.

Offensive Lineman: Dakori West (Newton) – 27 pancake blocks.

Offensive Lineman: Alex Jacobs (Newton) – Graded out at 85 percent.

Offensive Lineman: Jarret Mobley (Alcovy) – Graded out at 86 percent. 8 pancake blocks. Started all 10 games.

Offensive Lineman: Ethan Galloway (Eastside) – Averaged 3.5 knock-down blocks per game. Only gave up 4 sacks total.

Kicker: Kade Mote (Eastside) – 21 extra points (100 percent), 8/9 field goals – long of 31 yards. 45 total points.


Defensive Lineman: Tim Birt (Eastside) – 30 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 3 sacks, 1 fumble recovery.

Defensive Lineman: Darnell O’Neal (Alcovy) – Honorable Mention All-region, 41 tackles, 5 tackles for loss, 2 sacks.

Defensive Lineman: Deion Watson (Newton) – 38 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, 4 forced fumbles.

Defensive Lineman: Brady Dial (Eastside) – *Only played in 7 Games, tore ACL in game 7.
35 tackles, 6 tackles for loss, 4 sacks, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovery.

Linebacker: Jaquan Henderson (Newton) – 70 tackles, 9 tackles for loss, 7 sacks, 1 INT.

Linebacker: Garrett Stevens (Eastside) – 100 tackles, 3 tackle for loss, 1 sack, 1 forced fumble.

Linebacker: Micah Hart (Eastside) – 80 tackles, 7 tackles for loss, 2 sacks, 1 forced fumble, 1 fumble recovery.

Defensive Back: Robert Black (Alcovy) – 1st team all region, 53 tackles, 3 tackles for loss, 3 pass breakups, 1 block kick.

Defensive Back: Caleb Allen (Eastside) – 24 Tackles, 1 INT, Forced Fumbles, 1 Fumble Recovery, 7 Pass Break-ups.

Defensive Back: Quentin Dixon (Newton) – 52 tackles, 4 INT, 3 fumble recoveries, 1 forced fumble.

Defensive Back: Davin Griffieth (Eastside) – 70 Tackles, 2 INT, 2 fumble recoveries, 6 Pass break-ups.

Punter: Juwan Gibbs (Eastside) – 27 Punts. Averaged 44 yards /punt.10 Punts inside 20-Yard Line

Honorable mentions: Artice Hobbs (Newton), Augustus Murray (Newton), Jacobi Francis (Newton), Tay Gowan (Newton), Cody Mash (Eastside), Erin McAlpine (Alcovy), Chris Stewart (Alcovy), Tiaje Thomas (Eastside), Spurgeon Gaither (Eastside), Austin Holloway (Eastside).