Photo by Brian Paglia / Stockbridge quarterback Trenton Earl’s big night in the Tigers’ 17-14 upset win at Griffin propelled him into the Henry Daily Herald Player of the Year Watch List this week.
Each week the Henry Daily Herald will track the progress of potential high school football player of the year candidates throughout the season.
Here is an updated ranking of who’s in the running based on last week’s performances:
1. Donovahn Jones, Dutchtown: The senior quarterback continued his steady play Thursday in the Bulldogs’ 24-21 victory at Spalding. Jones passed for 100 yards and one touchdown on 8 of 10 passing. His touchdown was a 20-yard strike just before halftime. On the season, Jones has scored nine touchdowns — five rushing and four passing — for a Bulldogs’ team that’s won four straight games.
2. Josh Shockley, ELCA: With several of ELCA’s standout senior players sidelined with injuries, the junior linebacker has been holding his own. He has been a big part of the reason the Chargers are ranked No. 1 in the state in Class A by the Associated Press poll.
3. Keyante Green, ELCA: He’s back. After missing the past two-and-a-half games, the senior running back returned Saturday in the Chargers’ resounding 42-3 victory at Holy Innocents’ with 134 rushing yards and three touchdowns on just eight carries. On the season, Green has rushed for 359 yards and eight touchdowns for the No. 1-ranked team in Class A.
4. Keenan Wise, Locust Grove: The senior quarterback racked up another 200-plus yards of offense in the Wildcats’ 19-12 victory at North Clayton. He rushed for 97 yards and two touchdowns and finished 10 of 18 passing for 127 yards. Over his last four games, Wise is 34-for-61 passing (55.7 percent) for 583 yards and five touchdowns and has rushed for 290 yards and five touchdowns. He’s a big reason Locust Grove is off to a surprising 4-1 start.
5. Trenton Earl, Stockbridge: The senior quarterback makes his debut on the POY Watch List after the Tigers’ stunning 17-14 upset victory at previously No. 2-ranked Griffin. Earl just about put Stockbridge’s offense on his back — actually, legs, to be precise — with 155 yards and one touchdown on 6 of 8 passing and rushed for 117 yards, all in the second half. In his first full season as a starter, Earl has the Tigers at 4-1.
Out: JoJo Spann (Ola).