Leopards’ Walker (Fan Vote), Union’s Allison & Rabun’s Jones named Players of the Week
When you score five touchdowns in a game, it should be a shoe-in that you win Player of the Week honors. There are many who don’t score that many TDs in a season or even in a career.
After nearly 18,000 votes, Banks County’s Terrence Walker edged out Towns County’s Alan Gillis for the Fan Vote Player of the Week honors. Walker recorded 7,209 votes to Gillis’ 6,420.
Terrence Walker put up an amazing stat line of 235 rushing yards and five touchdowns in Banks County’s first win of the season over East Jackson. Doing his damage on 19 carries comes out to a yards per carry line of 12.4.
That kind of production makes him an easy Player of the Week choice. He also nearly had a sixth touchdown, but fumbled as he was coming to the goal line, and the Leopards pounced on it anyway.
Make no doubt about it, Walker’s night was incredible, but so was Pierson Allison’s historic game against Fannin County. The junior QB had five touchdowns of his own – all in one half of action.
With a sizable lead, he and the rest of the starters sat out the second half. Allison was a near-perfect 10-for-12 passing (83%) for 147 yards and 3 TD. He also rushed four times for 53 yards (13.6 yds/carry) with 2 TD.
Thus far in 2018, Allison — a first-year starter under center — has put up a gaudy stat line:
45/62 passing (73%), 641 yds, 5 TD, 0 INT
15 carries, 114 yds (7.6 YPC), 3 TD
This guy is incredible. The Furman commit can truly do it all, and Friday night’s game against Stephens County proved just that. With the #3-ranked Wildcats down 14-13 in the third quarter, Austin Jones fielded a punt from the Rabun 35 yard line. If you blinked, you missed the rest.
Jones darted through traffic to a 65-yard punt return for what proved to be the game-winning score as the Wildcats pulled away after that momentum change and won 41-14.
He totaled 158 all-purpose yards on just five touches (3 punt returns, 2 receptions). That total included 110 punt return yards and 48 receiving yards. But that’s not it. He chipped in with 9 tackles, 3 pass break-ups and two interceptions – only one that held up. Oh, and a forced fumble…
On the season, Jones has 152 receiving yards on 11 catches, 23 rushing yards, and 144 punt return yards. That’s 319 in total. He has just the one TD so far, but also has 22 tackles (2 for loss), one interception, four pass deflections and a forced fumble.
FEATURE PHOTO BY CRUMP PHOTO