6,310 voted in our public Player of the Week Fan Vote, and the consensus was that Rabun County’s Brison Beck (2,400) deserved POW honors. BLITZ picks Braxton Hicks and Ahmad Kamara were also named winners of the award. Commerce’s Nate Ray (1,250 came in second in the fan voting).
All three are first-time POW winners, and Rabun football has now had nine total POW awards, including Gunner Stockton (3x), Austin Jones (3x), Jackson Webb, Brison Beck and Braxton Hicks. Quite frankly, these three guys — Beck, Hicks and Kamara — have been long overdue for the honors, as they’ve been as consistent as any this season every week.
Beck recorded just the latest of his top performances. It was his second 4-TD performance on the season and in his career, and the fourth game this season that he’s recorded multiple touchdowns. In a 63-7 win over Social Circle, Beck rushed for 90 yards and three touchdowns on just five carries (18 yards per tote) and had two catches for 52 yards and a TD.
The senior back is among the state leaders in rushing yards with now 808 on the season to go with his 14 rushing scores, and has 157 receiving yards with another TD. Beck broke out last season as a junior with 640 yards rushing and 139 receiving with 10 total TD. This season has been leaps and bounds better. His career contains over 1,500 rushing yards and 26 total TDs.
2018: 808 rush yds, 14 TD; 157 rec yds, 1 TD
CAREER: 1,531 rush yds, 22 TD; 296 rec yds, 4 TD
Hicks has long been a dominant player for the Wildcats, and continues to rake and gather many D-I offers in the process. The junior put up his first 100-yard receiving game of the season (and second of his career), tying a season-high five catches for a career-best 127 yards and 2 TD.
Hicks now has 482 yards on the season receiving on 27 receptions and 6 TD, including three TD catches in a win over North Murray in Week 1.
2018: 482 yds, 6 TD, 27 rec
CAREER: 1,714 yds, 26 TD, 90 rec; 35 tackles, 2 INT
Ahmad Kamara has been a significant piece to the Tigers’ success this season. The senior transfer put together another efficient outing, tallying 85 yards on just 6 carries (14.2 YPC), finding the end zone twice. On the defensive side, he recorded five tackles (3 for loss) and a sack in the 53-7 win over Fannin. Most of the season, Kamara and the starters are out for at least the fourth quarter and usually long before that.
This season has been phenomenal for Kamara, who continues to garner plenty of attention in the recruiting game. He has 871 rushing yards and 11 TD, averaging 9.8 yards per carry this season. Crazy enough, his 85 yards was his lowest output of the season, as he has at least 85 in every game, including five 100-yard performances. His season/career best came against Denmark in mid-September, when he had 144 rushing yards.
2018: 871 yds, 11 TD (9.8 YPC)
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