Posted 2/22/2021 at 12:45 pm
By Kevin Price
Update: Camden County has officially hired former head football coach Jeff Herron as the new coach of the Wildcats football program.
Camden County schools released a news bulletin mid-morning Monday announcing Herron as the football program’s next head coach. The news of Herron’s pending hire was first reported by 912 Sports Connection early Monday morning.
Multiple sources close to the situation told 912 Sports over the weekend that Herron had accepted the Wildcats’ post on Friday. We talked with several of them about Herron’s return for our earlier story which can be read in its entirety below. Herron said he would discuss Camden football with 912 after the new coach had been named.
Camden principal Steve Loden said the school is honored to have Herron return.
“Coach Herron has an enduring legacy of building football programs that produce not only state champions but also student-athletes who are defined by their outstanding character and sportsmanship. We are excited for this next chapter in Camden County football and look forward to seeing our community turn out to support the Wildcats under the lights of Chris Gilman Stadium this fall.”
Posted 2/22/2021 at 08:00 am
By Kevin Price
The Camden County Wildcats plan to make an official announcement regarding a new head football coach this week which will end weeks of speculation regarding this important issue in a community where high school football is a big deal. And based on what 912 Sports Connection has learned in recent weeks, this upcoming announcement will most likely create a fervor
unlike any other inside the county lines and also places well beyond because of who the next coach will be for the Wildcats which compete in Class AAAAAAA in the Georgia High School Association.
Multiple sources have confirmed to 912 Sports that former Camden head coach Jeff Herron has accepted an offer to return as head coach of the Wildcats which have been looking for a new coach since Bob
Sphire resigned as the team’s head coach on Feb. 4.
“It’s going to be like a revival,” said Allen Rassi, former president of the Camden Wildcat Quarterback Club who remains an active supporter of the football program. “I’m excited for Camden County. I
believe our administration and our school system have handled this in a first-class manner.”
Herron coached the Wildcats for 13 seasons from 2000-2012 and won three state championships with the program during that time.
Herron declined comment with 912 Sports on Sunday night but said he would comment on the Camden coaching search when a new coach is named.
Sources close to the search have told 912 Sports that an official announcement from Camden County Schools regarding the hiring of
Herron will likely be made this week and could be forthcoming as early as today.
School officials would not confirm the hiring of Herron over the weekend, but Camden athletic director and former head football coach Welton Coffey did respond in a text message to 912 Sports that an announcement will be made soon. 912 Sports plans to be in Kingsland Monday to report on Herron’s
return as head coach. His hiring is still pending approval by the Camden County Board of Education.
We will provide updates on this story as it develops.
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We have been following the Camden coaching search since Sphire submitted his resignation earlier this month. 912 Sports was aware that Sphire could be leaving the program following Camden’s 2020 season even before the Wildcats lost in overtime at Parkview in the opening round of the state playoffs in late November. Sphire is returning to Kentucky, where he grew up and also previously coached, to become head coach at Highland High School in Fort Thomas.
He won a state championship with Lexington (Ky.) Catholic in 2005 prior to coming to Georgia and becoming head coach at North Gwinnett which he established as a state power before coming to Camden prior to the 2017 season. Sphire was 23-20 in his four years at Camden, taking the Wildcats to the Class AAAAAAA state playoffs the last two years. This past season, Camden finished with a 5-6 record.
Herron is currently an assistant coach at Tennessee Tech, where he once served as a graduate assistant coach at the outset of his career.
The Golden Eagles opened their spring season Sunday at home against Austin Peay after not playing this fall due to concerns about Covid-19. Tennessee Tech won 27-21.
912 Sports learned Friday night that Herron had agreed to return to Camden for a second stint as the Wildcats coach. He also requested Camden not make his acceptance public any earlier than Monday so
that he could wait until after Tennessee Tech’s game on Sunday to inform his position players of his decision in hopes of not creating a distraction for the team prior to the game. It is believed that Herron plans to finish out his commitment with the Eagles and remain with the team for the remainder of the spring
season. He could still get his offseason program installed with the Wildcats while doing so by having chosen assistants handling the day- to-day operations within the program until he can be in Camden again
on a daily basis. His son Major Herron is a middle-school coach in Camden while former assistants under Herron are still employed by Camden including offensive line coach Greg Slattery who also has been a head
Herron is the most successful coach in Camden football history as he led the Wildcats to three state championships while establishing the program as a state power in Georgia’s largest classification and making it one of the elite prep football programs in the nation. The Wildcats were 154-18 in 13 seasons under Herron and made the playoffs every season during his previous tenure. The Wildcats also played in several nationally televised games during his time with the program.
Herron’s overall record as a head coach is 312-54. He has never had a losing season in 29 years as a head coach.
“He cultivates a culture of belief,” Rassi said. “Look at where he’s been - Oconee County, Camden County, Prince Avenue Christian, Grayson and T.L. Hanna, and now coming back to Camden. Everybody has to buy in on it, and you want to be a part of it. No matter what your role is, even if you’re just sitting in the stands ringing that cowbell, you want to be a part of it.”
Herron is currently tied for the best overall winning percentage all-time among head coaches in Georgia with the legendary Larry Campbell who was the longtime coach at Lincoln County and has the most wins
all-time by any coach in Georgia with 477 career victories during a head-coaching career with the Red Devils that spanned four decades.
Both Herron and Campbell own an .847 winning percentage as a head coach in the state. Herron has 287 victories as a head coach in Georgia which puts him in the top-15 for most wins all-time in state history.
Herron has won five state titles and is the only coach in the history of Georgia high school football to win state championships as a head coach with three different schools. He also won state championships
at Oconee County and Grayson in addition to the three he won at Camden. During his first stint with the Wildcats, Herron led them to 12 consecutive region championships. Camden once won 28 straight games and also won a Georgia-record 58 consecutive games in the regular season. The USA Today ranked the Wildcats in its Super 25 poll in six of Herron’s final eight seasons with the team. Camden was named Georgia’s team of the decade for 2000-2010 for its success on the field.
“The biggest thing I can say about Coach Herron coming back is that he knows what to expect from us and we know what to expect from him,” said Artie Jones Jr., who is on the board of directors for the Camden quarterback club. “We know him, and he knows us, and he
can hit the ground running.
“By far, he’s the most successful coach in Camden County football history. I know I like his coaching style. He brings out the best in all of his athletes. He doesn’t hold them back. He doesn’t care whether the
score is 0-0 or 50-0, he wants you to play your hardest and do your best.”
Camden won its first state championship in 2003, beating the Valdosta Wildcats 21-7 in the final game at storied Cleveland Field before it was
renovated and then named Bazemore-Hyder Stadium at Cleveland Field to carry the names of Valdosta’s most-known head coaches in their illustrious history.
Camden won back-to-back state crowns under Herron in 2008 and 2009. The Wildcats defeated Peachtree Ridge in the 2008 title game and prowled past Northside-Warner Robins in the 2009 state final.
Herron became Camden’s head coach the first time following a state-championship season at Oconee County in 1999 which was his third
season with the Warriors who went 33-6 in his time with the program. Oconee, which fell to Pierce County in this year’s Class AAA state final, had only won eight games in the previous four seasons
combined prior to Herron’s arrival.
Herron left Camden following the 2012 season and coached at Prince Avenue Christian in Bogart for three seasons, going to the quarterfinals and semifinals in those three years while compiling a 31-
6 record in his three years with the school.
He coached at Grayson in 2016 and led the Rams to a 14-1 record and a state championship in his only season with the Gwinnett power which won this year’s state championship in Class AAAAAAA under
Adam Carter. Carter hails from Herron’s coaching tree along with Franklin Stephens who has won several state titles as a head coach. Stephens coached several seasons at Ware County and is now head
coach at McEachern in Cobb County.
Herron left Georgia following his only season at Grayson to coach at T.L. Hanna in Anderson, S.C. He led Hanna to records of 11-1 and 14-1 in the 2017 and 2018 seasons with his 2018 team playing for a state championship. His two Hanna teams won region championships
and the 2018 team also won the Upstate championship before losing in the state final.
Jones said there might be critics out there who don’t think Herron can rekindle the magic again at Camden, but he believes the Wildcats are
making a smart choice in turning to Herron again as they look to again contend for state championships.
“In this world, you’re not gonna get 100 percent agreement on anything,” Jones said. “We could bring in the coach who just won the Super Bowl, and there would be critics. “Football is big business, and our program has been the heart of Camden County. It brought us together as a community when he was
here. We had 4,500 or 5,000 people following our team when we went on the road, and the other team liked to see us coming because we generated a lot of revenue for them.
“Camden has been losing a lot lately. When you only have 400 or 500 people following the team, that is pretty bad. I want to see our stands
full again, and the only way we are gonna be full again is to start winning. We want a winner and we can win. We have the kids here to do it. We are gonna have to build it up again, get that spirit going again.”
Of course, Herron is the one who created that buzz around the Wildcats for all those years.
He actually retired from coaching after his second season at Hanna and sat out the 2019 season before joining the staff at Tennessee
Tech in early 2020 prior to the postponement of the fall season due to concerns related to the Covid19 pandemic.
Carter, who led Grayson to that aforementioned state crown this past season, believes Herron will be successful again in Camden.
“He will make an immediate impact on those guys,” Carter said. “It won’t take long. He’ll be in the dogfight in Region 1 this year, they’ll be in the mix. He’s the best there is at what he does.” Carter said an older Herron is as good as the Herron that arrived at
Camden back at the turn of the century.
“He’s got a lot left in the tank. He’s not going into it washed up I promise you.” Carter said. “They’ll be ready. You can take that to the bank.”
By John DuPont
Photography by Jennifer Carter Johnson
The fairy tale has finally come true!
Pierce County’s Bears staged one of the more dramatic finishes in Georgia high school football history, beating Oconee County for the AAA football state championship December 30 at Center Park Stadium in Atlanta. Daytin “The Playmaker” Baker’s second interception of the game thwarted Oconee County’s offensive possession on the first play of overtime and on the ensuing snap, D.J. Bell bolted 15 yards to score the championship-clinching touchdown in a 13-7 PCHS victory.
“We ran that same play against Appling County this year,” said PCHS head coach Ryan Herring of Bell’s scoring sprint. “And it was designed to go up the middle. Jeffrey Gray (Bears’ left guard) was going to fan out on their defensive tackle, but the guy wound up inside him. D.J. happened to see the guy just quickly enough to bend it around the corner, stiff-arm the cornerback, and run right into history.”
Historically speaking, it is not just the first state football title for PCHS, but the first such title for any school in the county’s history, a ledger dating back more than a century that includes three pre-consolidation high schools. It’s also the first time any Pierce-based school has won a postseason football game outside the county’s borders. The watershed victory provided plenty of other chills and thrills, too, along the way.
Twelve days prior to the state title tilt, PCHS trailed Crisp County, 13-12 with just 1:45 to go in a semi-final playoff. Crisp had begun to run out the clock when Bears’ defensive lineman Ty Little forced a fumble that linebacker Austin Jernigan returned 69 yards for the go-ahead touchdown. “The miracle in Bearville has just happened!” exclaimed Bears’ radio analyst Jon Jordan following the fortune-altering scoop-and-score. Unbeknownst to the Pierce faithful, there was yet greater excitement still to come.
PCHS took off Saturday and Sunday following the Crisp victory on December 18, then practiced every day until championship day. The training slate included practices on Christmas Eve and Christmas Day, as well as a weekend workout at Chris Gilman Stadium, home of the Camden County Wildcats.
“We knew we needed to practice live on turf,” explained Herring. “When we first got out there, it was a little different for some of our kids, but I wanted them to be psychologically prepared as much as anything. Coach (Bob) Sphire and my dad had coached against each other, so I called Coach Sphire and he was extremely hospitable.”
Herring’s dad, Robert Herring III had passed away nine months earlier, leaving a legacy that included a successful run at Newnan High, whose community was next to eagerly embraced PCHS. Ater the Bears Nation showered players with a heroic send-off on game-day eve, the team spent the night in Newnan. There, the Bears conducted a walk-through at Newnan’s stadium before locals treated the team to a banquet-style meal. PCHS then rolled into Atlanta the next morning as a four-point underdog to Oconee County, the 2019 runner-up in Class AAAA.
Blue chips and blue bloods highlighted the Warriors’ roster, most notably 6’6'' Jake Johnson, the nation’s consensus No. 1 prospect at tight end among juniors. Meanwhile, Johnson’s father Brad, who quarterbacked Tampa Bay to victory in Super Bowl XXVII, called offensive plays for Oconee. OCHS also boasted the All-Region tandem of brothers West and Whitt Weeks, sons of another Oconee assistant, former University of Georgia center David Weeks.
Evenly matched as well as well as any two teams record-wise, Oconee (12-0) and Pierce (12-1) also bore a striking resemblance with their seasonal defensive production (9.8 points per game for Oconee, 9.9 for Pierce). The game’s initial 24 minutes played true to that script - a scoreless draw - though PCHS forced two turnovers. The first came on an interception by Allen Boatright, off a pass tipped by Baker. Then Baker got the first of his own two interceptions. At halftime, the teams were nearly deadlocked in total yardage (Oconee 69, Pierce 68).
PCHS finally appeared to hit its offensive stride on the second drive of the third quarter. From the Bears’ own 17-yard line, Bell rambled 46 yards into Warrior territory, only to see PCHS fumble it away on the ensuing snap.
“You’ve just got to go to the next play,” said Herring of the lost fumble. “At that point, the defense is out there, and we’ve got to get a stop. If you can play good, sound defense you always have a chance.”
PCHS indeed forced OCHS to punt on the ensuing drive, but Oconee pinned Pierce at its own nine-yard line. Following the Bears’ three-and-out series, the Warriors became the first team to start a drive north of midfield, at the Bears’ 41. Oconee subsequently scored the game’s first touchdown when Johnson snagged Jacob Wright’s 13-yard pass in the corner at the 10:09 mark of the fourth quarter.
Down but not despaired, the Bears responded with the most enduring drive of the game for either team, marching 80 yards in eight plays. PCHS engineered a crucial third-and-16 conversion when Zay Plummer caught an over-the-shoulder pass from Jermaine Brewton for a 45-yard gain to move the chains. Bell punctuated the drive with a five-yard touchdown run and Robert Jacobs booted the extra point to knot the score at 7-7 with 7:23 left in regulation. Exchanging punts afterward, Oconee then ran out the final moments of regulation. That set the stage for just the 10th overtime game in GHSA history and the second such in as many days.
Pierce won the coin toss and deferred, giving Oconee the ball first at the Bears’ 15-yard line. On the first play of overtime, Baker leaped, snagging Wright’s over-the-middle pass and putting PCHS in position to clinch the title.
“The unique thing is that Coach Swane Morris (PCHS defensive coordinator) drew up that scenario during our pre-game meetings,” said Herring.
Morris explained. “We had watched it several times and Coach (Russ) Rothar actually noticed how with their motion, the corner needed to go out and we didn’t need to leave the middle vacant. So we showed the secondary that same check to make sure Daytin knew he was in the middle and reminded the kids to make that check-down. You can see on the film when the play started, Austin Jernigan recognized it, called it, and looked at Daytin and said ‘you’ve got the wing, I’m on Nine (Johnson).’ So, all that, with kids working hard and making sure they made that check right, that’s what made it perfect.”
Baker, an All-Region player who also made the Georgia Public Broadcasting All-Finals team, described the clutch play this way: “Coach Morris said, ‘this has got to be your pick because they always throw it to that seam. It was based off instinct, off what we looked at, and off what we knew they were going to do and how they lined up. We knew that running back was going to motion out and A.J. Staten would take him, Austin would have No. 9 and I would have No. 7 (West Weeks), the wingback. Austin told me, ‘Daytin, you switch over and get No. 7. And it happened...just like that.”
PCHS then got the ball “first and glory” at the 15-yard line with Bell operating from the “wildcat” formation. The sophomore speedster broke off the left side, shedding would-be tacklers en route to the title-clinching touchdown. As Bears fans rejoiced, a wild, on-field celebration ensued with Herring hoisting the school’s first football championship trophy aloft.
“I think God’s hands have been involved in this since the beginning. How I wound up here in southeast Georgia the first time, I never knew,” said a jubilant Herring, who served as a PCHS assistant from 2001-03.”
“Looking back on it now, though, the Lord had a wife here for me. The job of a coach’s wife is indescribable. Nothing about it is easy. But my wife, Maggie basically raises our kids from July to Thanksgiving every year by herself. She has had to move from state to state and town to town since 2005. She’s stuck with me only by
God’s grace and mercy, I guess.”
Hours after clinching the historic title, the PCHS caravan rolled back onto campus to an equally historic heroes’ welcome. Fans lined the highway from Bristol to Bearville, honking their horns as fireworks burst in the sky above PCHS.
“All the glory goes to God,” said Herring. “All the credit goes to the players. But this win is for everybody.”
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By Kevin Price
Photography by Michael Brinson
Max is the Man; He Can Hoop; He’s a Baller
(Whatever You Want).
Glynn Academy’s Max Hrdlicka is looking forward
to playing college basketball starting next season
at the University of North Florida - the school he
signed with just days before the Red Terrors
tipped off their 2020-21 season on the hardwood
back in November.
And coaches around Region 2-AAAAAA are looking
forward to seeing Hrdlicka play beyond high
That’s because they want to see him shine on the
next level as a representative of Southeast Georgia
as much as anyone, but the coaches also admit
they will be glad they no longer have to worry
about trying to stop the Glynn standout from
scoring when they coach against the Red Terrors in
Guarding the 6-foot-6 and 200-pound Hrdlicka,
who can fill up the basket with shots from all over
the floor, will be someone else’s problem going forward.
“We won’t have to game plan for him anymore,”
said Brunswick coach Chris Turner. “He’s big, a
tough matchup, tough to defend. He’s definitely
played well against us. He’s a great basketball player.”
Actually, not every league coach had to face the
Terrors with Hrdlicka in the lineup this season. He
tested positive for Covid-19 in mid-December, and
despite recovering from the virus in a matter of
days, a related heart complication ended his senior
His loss was a tough blow for the Terrors to
absorb, and Hrdlicka had no idea he had played his
final game at Glynn when the team lost at home to
league foe Richmond Hill on Dec. 15.
“It’s not a good way to end it,” he said about his
prep career being cut short by a health issue.
Hrdlicka said he began “feeling sick” that same
week after playing the Wildcats. He noted having
symptoms that were associated with the
coronavirus. His positive test, along with that of
another player on the team, led to the Terrors
withdrawing from a holiday tournament in metro
Atlanta on Dec. 18-19.
“I had a fever and lost my taste,” he said. “It was
just like the flu. It took like five days to get over it.
Christmas Eve was the last day I didn’t have
symptoms at all.”
Hrdlicka also mentioned to his parents that his
heart felt like it was pounding in his chest at times,
and they presented this issue to his regular doctor
at his next appointment because they were aware
that Covid-19 had been known to cause heart-
related issues even among those who easily
recovered from the virus and seemed otherwise healthy.
His personal doctor suggested Hrdlicka see a
cardiologist who might order further testing on his
heart before allowing him to return to playing basketball.
And, that’s exactly what happened. It’s a good
thing it did, too.
His examination with a Brunswick-based doctor
included Hrdlicka wearing a heart-monitor for a
24-hour period that revealed an irregular
heartbeat. That was indeed a cause for concern,
especially knowing what could have transpired as
a result of the stress placed on the heart by the
physical exertion someone puts forth when playing basketball.
Worst-case scenario, the heart specialist told him,
a return to the court could have been fatal.
Area fans might be aware of two other players
who collapsed in recent months while playing
basketball. One died and the other survived.
This past summer, Statesboro High player O’jaryn
Reese collapsed during an AAU game in metro
Atlanta and later died. He was not believed to
have had any prior health issues, according to
those who were reached for comment for a
newspaper article about Reese’s tragic death.
Also back on Dec. 12, University of Florida
basketball player Keyontae Johnson collapsed
during a game at Florida State and needed
emergency medical attention at the arena.
He was taken to a Tallahassee hospital that day
and placed in a medically induced coma for three
days. He began breathing on his own again on Dec.
15 and was released from the hospital on Dec. 23.
Johnson was back around the Gators team in early
January and a return to action before season’s end
had not been ruled out when this story was
written. Johnson did test positive for Covid-19
earlier, according to Florida and his family.
It was reported by a Gainesville (Fla.) media outlet
following his collapse that Johnson was diagnosed
with acute myocarditis, or heart inflammation, but
that had not been confirmed by university officials
or his family at press time for this magazine.
The coronavirus can cause myocarditis, and when
severe, it can lead to sudden cardiac arrest and
has been a documented cause of death in young,
otherwise healthy athletes.
The SEC and other conferences within the NCAA
require heart evaluations for any athletes testing
positive for Covid-19 before they can return to
play, but such testing is not currently mandated by
the Georgia High School Association.
In early January, Hrdlicka wore a heart monitor for
an additional two days and the results were
already more favorable than those from his initial
test which was a good sign.
His doctor is confident his complication stemmed
from him having the virus and expected a full
recovery for Hrdlicka in due time. He is scheduled
to visit the doctor again on Feb. 8 and it’s very
possible his heart could be functioning completely
normal again by then.
The Terrors’ are scheduled to play their final
regular-season game on Feb. 5 with the region
tournament slated for Feb. 11-18. The state
tournament, which includes the top four teams
from each of the eight regions in the state, is set to
open on Feb. 23-24.
But Hrdlicka and his parents made the difficult
decision in mid-January for him not to attempt to
play in the postseason with the Terrors even if he
were to be cleared by his doctor to resume
He also is no longer attending classes at Glynn
since he had already met his requirements for
graduation. With his prep career done, Hrdlicka
planned to focus on his health, work a job and
prepare for college basketball while waiting to
enroll at North Florida which likely will take place
Through eight games this season, he was scoring
17.4 points per game while also averaging 6.3
boards, 6.1 assists, 2.0 steals and 1.4 blocks while
playing mostly point guard early on.
Hrdlicka, an all-state pick as a junior, finished last
season averaging a team-high 17.2 points a game
while also leading Glynn in assists (2.3) and blocks
(1.0) and ranking second on the team in
Two of Hrdlicka’s better scoring nights during his
prep career took place last season against rival Brunswick.
In the second meeting of the season against BHS,
Hrdlicka scored a career-high 36 points including
33 in the second half as the Terrors flirted with an
upset of the 10th -ranked Pirates who overcame a
double-digit deficit in the final quarter to pull out a
close win on their home court.
He scored 19 points in the third period alone as
Glynn took a 46-33 lead into the fourth quarter.
“I didn’t know I scored 36 points. It didn’t feel like
it,” Hrdlicka said. “I knew I played pretty well, but
didn’t really think about it because we lost.”
Less than two weeks later, Glynn upset Brunswick
in the region tournament semifinals to deny the
Pirates the chance to win a fourth straight region title.
The Terrors routed their rivals 69-48, jumping out
to a commanding early lead with Hrdlicka scoring
all of his game-high 21 points before halftime as
Glynn took a surprising 39-16 advantage into the break.
Once he was sidelined for the rest of this season,
Hrdlicka remained a part of the Glynn team. He
attended practices and sat on the bench during
games, watching the action between the lines and
supporting his teammates while they played as
difficult as it was for him to sit there and not be
running up and down the floor with them.
“The games are the worst,” he said about not playing.
Terrance Haywood, head coach for the Terrors,
had hoped to get his big gun back in the lineup
before the end of the season, but knew all along
that Hrdlicka’s health was most important
especially considering the bright future that awaits
him in college hoops.
“We miss him. He makes everyone better,”
Haywood said. “He was our leading scorer last
year and was leading us again this year. We’re
having to adjust and just trying to do the best we
can without him.”
Glynn was 3-2 in the five games it had played
without Hrdlicka when this story went to press in
mid-January. The team was 9-5 overall and 3-3 in
region games at the time.
Hrdlicka felt the Terrors still had a chance to finish
strong and get to the state tourney. “We can beat
every team in the region,” he said.
Haywood says Hrdlicka can be proud of his high-
school career even though it came to a sudden ending.
“He’s a great kid, straight-A student,” Haywood
said. “On top of that, he’s the best player on the
court. He’s been a coach on the floor, a great
leader. He was in our program for four years.”
Haywood said Hrdlicka’s versatility makes him a
special player. “That’s definitely his biggest asset,”
the coach said. “He can run the point, play on the
wing, go down low and be really good, also. He’s a
big-body, and as a defender, he’s long, can jump
out of the gym and can block shots. He’s done a lot for us.”
Hrdlicka’s all-around skill-set will hopefully make
him a valuable commodity for North Florida, too.
There, he will play for veteran coach Marcus
Driscoll who led the Ospreys to the regular-season
ASun championship last year.
“North Florida was always my top choice,” Hrdlicka
said. “They were the first to offer me, and I just
like Coach Driscoll a lot.”
Thomas Castellanos, junior quarterback, Ware County Gators, won the Walker Jones Most Valuable Player Award.
TJ Lewis, senior quarterback, Glynn Academy Red Terrors, won the PrimeSouth Bank Offensive Player of the Year.
Trevin Wallace, senior, Wayne County Yellow Jackets, won the Gibson Animal Clinic Defensive Player of the Year.
Austin Jernigan, senior linebacker, Pierce County Bears, won the Coastal Pines Technical College Scholar Athlete Award.
Jordan Triplett, freshman, Frederica Academy, won the 912 Sports Star of Tomorrow Award.
Coach Ryan Herrin of the AAA State Champion Pierce County Bears won the Robbie Roberson Ford Coach of the Year.
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