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Henry County boost 13 players on GSWA all-state teams

ELCA’s Andrew Williams nabbed the Class A defensive player of the year award. He was one of 13 Henry County athletes selected to the GSWA all-state team. (Staff Photo: Gabriel Stovall)

ELCA’s Andrew Williams nabbed the Class A defensive player of the year award. He was one of 13 Henry County athletes selected to the GSWA all-state team. (Staff Photo: Gabriel Stovall)

McDONOUGH — The Southern Crescent, specifically Henry County, has been touted all season as having more than its share of quality football talent in 2013.

And this fact was, once again, proven by the release of the recent Georgia Sportswriters Association’s all-state football team.

Of the 23 total players from the area selected, 13 were from Henry County.

Eagle’s Landing Christian led the way with five selections on the Class A team, including first team defense picks defensive end Andrew Williams and linebacker Josh Shockley. Offensive linemen Beau Beasley was the lone ELCA player named to the first team, with quarterback Dalton Etheridge and wide receiver Davis Carrandi getting honorable mentions.

Williams, who is still mulling over his college choice between Ole Miss, Clemson and Auburn, was named the Class A defensive player of the year. He was also named the Henry Daily Herald’s defensive player of the year after he totaled 70 tackles, 12 sacks and almost 40 tackles for loss.

Class AAAA was the most Henry-heavy of all six classifications in terms of all-state selections. Eagle’s Landing tight end Tyler Guice led the way by being tabbed as a first teamer. Guice finished with 39 catches for 581 yards and 11 touchdowns, while helping lead the Golden Eagles to an 8-3 mark — its best in school history — and the school’s second-ever playoff appearance.

Tennessee bound Locust Grove senior Cortez McDowell and Ole Miss commit and Stockbridge standout Kendarius Webster were also first-team defensive selections. McDowell registered 92 stops from his safety position, along with snagging three interceptions, while Webster had 34 tackles, and team high totals of six interceptions and nine pass breakups for a Stockbridge defense widely regarded as the beast in Class AAAA.

Eagle’s Landing linebacker Sedrick Palmer and Stockbridge return specialist, quarterback and safety Javon Brandon were selected to the second team.

RB Malik Bryant (Stockbridge), QB Bradley Dewberry (Eagle’s Landing) and WR Justin Drake (Locust Grove) were Class AAAA honorable mention picks.

Dewberry also won All-subregion offensive player of the year honors, after passing for 2,012 yards, rushing for 471 and accounting for 33 touchdowns.