The names of the 2012 All Region 5-AA football teams were released today and not surprisingly the Heard County Braves amassed a plethora of awards including two of the biggest that were announced .
Sophomore running back Duranta Dunson led the way being named as the Region 5-AA Offensive Player of the Year.
Dunson was dominate all year long with very impressive stats that might have been even better had the Braves not been involved in so many blow-outs, limiting his playing time in several games.
The speedy back carried the ball 157 times for 1,622 yards at an average of more than 10 yards per carry. He also scored 24 touchdowns including two kick-offs returned for scores. Defensively, he also led the team in tackles with 87 and also intercepted four passes. It was the second straight year he was named to the first team offense.
The Defensive Player of the Year Award went to Manchester senior Clentavious Smith. Braves head coach Tim Barron was named as the Region 5-AA Coach of the Year after the team finished with a perfect regular season record.
Since arriving in Franklin in 2002, Barron has become the most successful coach in school history with an overall record of 85-39 and state playoff appearances in 10 of 11 seasons. This is the third time he has been recognized as region coach of the year.
Senior Hank Barnes was named the 2012 Region 5-AA Scholar Athlete of the Year. Barnes, also a very accomplished wrestler, was an anchor on the defensive front for the Braves this season.
It was a due honor for the senior who has always represented the Braves well not just on the field of play but also in the classroom setting.
Senior Dalton Pate and Junior Jake Edwards were both named as members of the first team all region offense.
The two lineman, who each will be competing in post-season all-star games in Atlanta, were a force up front in every game this season leading to the great success of the skill players behind them. This was Pate’s second time being named to the first team.
Senior defensive lineman Cody Stephens and senior linebacker Dillian Bradley were both named to the first team defense. Stephens had three sacks and 64 tackles (13 for a loss) this season while Bradley notched 71 tackles (10 for a loss) and four interceptions.
Junior Jonathon Hunt was named as the first team punter. Given the Braves successes all season, Hunt did not get to show his punting prowess that often; but his 62 yard punt in the state playoffs certainly showed off his talented punting leg.
The Braves also had several other athletes named to the second team All Region 5-AA squad. They included Hunt (QB), junior Ta Freeland (RB/DB), senior Damon Pearson (WR), Sophomore Elijah Toney (TE, LB), freshman Collin Nutt (K), junior Tori Rogers (DB), and senior Brandon Wiggins (DL).
Hunt, Bradley, and Senior Corey Freeman were named to the all academic team.
Four Braves were also named to the all freshman team. They were Austin Barron, Hunter Lane, Lashon Echols, and Quay Daniel.
Honorable mentions were awarded to Levi Brown (OL), Jace Mock (OL), Freeman (DL), Barnes (DL), Bradley (WR), Rogers (RB), and Hunt (LB).
2012 Region 5-AA All Region Team
Offense Player of the Year- Duranta Dunson, Heard Co. So.
Defensive Player of the Year- Clentavious Smith, Manchester, Sr.
Coach of the Year- Tim Barron, Heard County
First Team Offense:
QB- Tarvarska Davis, Spencer, Jr.
RB- Demarcus Robbins, Spencer, Jr.
RB- Chris Keith, Bowdon, Jr.
RB- Devonta Davis, Manchester, Jr.
WR- Richard Jones, Spencer, Jr.
WR- Trevor Shell, Temple, Sr.
WR- Dover Coppins, Kendrick, Sr.
TE- Jamaris Jones, Chattahoochee Co. , Sr.
OL- Denzel Jackson, Manchester, Sr.
OL- Joe Bexley, Bremen, Sr.
OL- Mark Moimoi, Spencer, Sr.
OL- Jake Edwards, Heard Co., Jr.
OL- Dalton Pate, Heard Co. Sr.
Kicker- Thristan Jackson, Temple, So
Athlete- Myles Simmons, Temple, Sr.
2nd Team Offense
QB- Jonathon Hunt, Heard Co., Jr.
RB- Brandon Wade, Kendrick, Jr.
RB- Darnell Holland, Bowdon, So
RB- Ta Freeland, Heard County, Jr.
WR- Javaris Jones, Chatt Co. Sr.
WR- Blaze Coaxium, Spencer, So.
WR- Damon Pearson, Heard Co., Sr.
TE- Elijah Toney, Heard Co., So.
OL- Lazerik Lovett, Manchester, Sr.
OL- Slade Parmer, Bowdon, Sr.
OL – Austin Bradley, Bowdon, Jr.
OL-Dalton McKinzie, Bremen, Sr.
K- Collin Nutt, Heard Co., Fr
Ath- Chris Askew, Chatt Co. Jr.
1st Team Defense:
DL- Deondre Mitchell, Manchester, Sr.
DL- Saeje Brown, Bowdon, Sr.
DL- Cody Stephens, Heard Co., Sr.
DE- Tra Bryant, Manchester, Sr.
DE- Logan Freeman, Bowdon, Sr.
DE- Cameron Porter, Bremen, Sr.
LB- Quintavious Martin, Manchester, Sr.
LB- Emmanuel Brown, Kendrick, Jr.
LB- Marvin Lewis, Kendrick, Jr.
LB- Dillian Bradley, Heard Co., Sr.
LB- Marquis Jews, Chatt Co., Sr.
DB- Demien Turner, Manchester, Sr.
DB- Marcus Thurman, Bowdon, Jr.
DB- Jamar Comar, Kendrick, Sr.
DB- Dover Coppins, Kendrick, Sr.
Punter- Jonathon Hunt, Heard Co., Jr.
2nd Team Defense
DL- Trea Jones, Chatt. Co., Sr.
DL- Brandon Wiggins, Heard Co. Sr.
DL- Duke Fitzpatrick, Manchester, Jr.
DE- Tyrell Griffin, Kendrick, So
DE- Darius Alford, Manchester, Jr.
DE- Chuck George, Temple, So
LB- Ladarrius Taylor, Chatt Co., Jr.
LB- Connor Wigginton, Bowdon, Sr.
LB- Elijah Toney, Heard Co., So.
DB- Del Lawrence , Chatt Co., Sr.
DB- Tori Rogers, Heard Co., Jr.
DB- Kordell Parson, Temple, Sr.
DB- Ta Freeland, Heard Co., Jr.
DB- Josh Johnson, Bremen, Sr.
Punter- Phillip Chandler, Temple, Jr.
Honorable Mention (Heard Co. Players listed only)
Levi Brown OL
Jace Mock OL
Corey Freeman DL
Hank Barnes DL
Jonathon Hunt LB
Dillian Bradley WR
Tori Rogers RB
Region 5 AA Scholar Athlete of the Year — Hank Barnes
All Academic team: Corey Freeman, Jonathon Hunt, Dillian Bradley
All Freshman team: Austin Barron, Leshon Echols, Qua Daniel, Hunter Lane