Photo by Derrick Mahone
Eagle’s Landing Christian linebacker Josh Shockley and the Chargers return after their week to get region play started at Holy Innocents’ on Saturday.
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 accounted for 143 yards of offense and two touchdowns in the Bulldogs’ 38-0 upset victory over previously-ranked and undefeated Riverdale. That included a 55-yard touchdown run on a fake punt and a 52-yard touchdown pass. Jones has accounted for eight total touchdowns (five rushing, three passing) in four games this season.
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. Keenan Wise, Locust Grove: There’s a lot to be said about the quarterback of a 3-1 team, especially when it’s the best start in school history. Wise finished 8 of 14 passing for 76 yards and rushing for 46 yards and a touchdown on 16 carries in the Wildcats’ 14-0 victory over Spalding. Over his last three games, Wise is 24-of-43 passing (55.8 percent) for 456 yards and five touchdowns with 41 carries for 193 yards and three touchdowns.
4. Keyante Green, ELCA: With the Chargers getting the week off and Green nursing an injury, the senior running back hasn’t had much of a chance to make an impression lately. Before his injury against Briarwood Christian, Green had 225 yards rushing and five touchdowns. He’s expected to return to the line-up for ELCA’s region-opener Satruday at Holy Innocents’.
5. JoJo Spann, Ola: The senior running back/defensive back remains one of the most exciting players in the Southern Crescent, but he hasn’t been able to top his 4-touchdown performance against Locust Grove in Week 2 of the season. Spann was scoreless in the Mustangs’ 37-15 loss at Northgate on Friday.