VALDOSTA — The region 1-AA all-region teams came out and Brooks County, Cook, and Berrien nearly filled up all of the positions. Brooks County swept the yearly awards with Donnell Golden (offensive player of the year), Jaboa Dixon (defensive player of the year) and coach Ryan Branch (coach of the year).

“It’s an honor. I’m glad the coaches in the region could decide on me,” said Branch on Wednesday. “I am grateful, but I’m not gonna be satisfied until we win state.”

The Trojans placed five players on the first team and eight on the second team. Offensive lineman Alex Wright and kicker Ben Wells, along with Golden were chosen for the first team offense. Golden has put up over 2,600 yards in two seasons and will be returning next year.

“The best thing is we get him (Golden) back next season,” said Branch. “I am really trying to push and motivate him.”

Wright has played on both sides of the ball for the last four seasons and been on first team on both sides of the football. Wells converted on big time field goals all season, including being a huge part of the win over Cook.

“Alex has been pretty much all-everything since he’s been here,” said Branch. “Ben got progressively better all season, and I can see him going to kick some where.”

Selected to the second team offense were: running back A.D Phillips, wide receiver Anthony Anderson, offensive lineman Adrian Jones, and tight end Ernest Seay. Seay will be returning next season.

Defensively, the only other Trojan to make all-region first team, besides Dixon, is defensive back Japree Miles. Defensive linemen Kendra Mitchell and Chris Peak, linebacker Greg Morley, and defensive back Corey West all made second team.

“Greg has been playing in Dixon’s shadow so it was good that he got recognized,” said Branch. “Next year it will be time for him to carry the torch and step into the leadership role.”

Morley, Peak, and West will all be returning next season. Peak played his first season this year after the 6-foot-3, 250-pound tackle came over from the school band. West stepped into the safety spot after an early injury opened up the position.

“I’m always proud of our kids and what they do,” said Branch. “It really makes you feel like you are on the right track when all of the coaches are in the room praising your players.”

The Cook Hornets led all schools by placing 10 players on first team and 12 players on second team. The Hornets’ 10-3 season went noticed by coaches and fans alike. The whole defense and almost whole offensive line were selected to the all-region teams.

Running back David Arnold, tight end Bubba Emrich, offensive lineman Jamarin Brown, and all purpose player Ty Goff all made first team offense. Selected to first team defense are; defensive linemen Chris Cornelius and Jeremy Brown, linebackers Quinton Stafford and Thad Williams, and defensive backs Blake Mainor and Justin Inman.

Named to second team offense are: running back Jarroyce Turner, wide receiver Cedric McCormick, tight end T.J. Johnson, and offensive linemen Johnathon Surrency, Lee Seymore and Mike Mellow. The second team defensive selections consisted of defensive lineman Brait McDonald, linebackers Kenny Tippins and Maurice Thomas, defensive backs Mike Henley and Anthony Ward, and punter Mitch Rowe.

Berrien placed someone on each of the four teams. Offensive lineman Tanner Strickland made first team offense and punter J.J. Brown made first team defense. Offensive lineman James Hughes made second team offense, and all purpose player Kenta West made the second team defense.

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