Each game that we covered in 2018, we released a Play of the Week shortly after going through the footage. Here are the PLAY of the YEAR nominees. We are offering you the chance to pick the Play of the Year, voting bracket style for each round. Below are the plays and their rankings. VOTE right here (below)!
- RND 1 – Voting DEC 6 – DEC 9
- QUARTERFINALS – Voting DEC 10 – 12
- SEMIFINALS – Voting DEC 13 – 16
- FINALS – Voting DEC 17-20
#1: Braxton Hicks acrobatic TD catch
WHEN: RND 1 [NOV 9] / Rabun vs Spencer
Gunner Stockton heaved one 25 yards out to a Braxton Hicks that had two hands in his face. Turning to the ball and falling back, he caught the ball seemingly behind the cornerback, as the ball went right between his arms. Hicks secured the grab despite a hard fall in the end zone. Big game, big moment, big play!
#2: Tre Luttrell 74-yd TD on first play as a Raider
WHEN: WEEK 0 [AUG 17] / Habersham vs Dawson
A bad snapped looked to be a blown up play, but new Habersham QB Tre Luttrell scooped it up, avoided getting hit for a loss after slipping and nearly going down, weaved in and out of traffic, flew 74 yards to the house for six points. It was literally his first snap as a Raider, and you just can’t make this stuff up.
#3: Sevaughn Clark’s game-winning TD on 4th & Goal
WHEN: WEEK 0 [AUG 17] / Habersham vs Dawson
It was a gutsy call…down three in the final seconds and just five yards out, Dawson elected for the win instead of the tie. All-state RB turned QB Sevaughn Clark called his own number and went untouched to set the tone for the Tigers’ incredible season, winning in dramatic fashion on the road.
#4: Austin Jones’ 60-yd punt return for TD
WHEN: WEEK 2 [SEP 7] / Rabun vs Stephens
Rabun was uncharacteristically struggling, but a 60-yd house call on a punt return by Austin Jones not only proved to be the go-ahead, game-winning score, it shifted momentum instantly and got the Cats going in a landslide win.
#5: Tre Luttrell – Donovan Curry long TD on 4th & 20
WHEN: WEEK 6 [OCT 5] / Habersham vs Gainesville
In a game that would determine the playoff hopes for both teams, Tre Luttrell and the Raiders came up HUGE with a TD that put the game away for Habersham. Luttrell and the offense went for it on 4th & 20 around midfield. It appeared he had nowhere to go as he was flushed out to his right. He found time and found Donovan Curry wide open in the end zone, as he had to come back to the ball and dive for it just inside the pylon.
#6: Kenny Colwell – Gamarion Carter 83-yd game-tying TD
WHEN: WEEK 3 [SEP 14] / Stephens vs Habersham
The Raiders had a sizeable lead and it dissapated, and it was Kenny Colwell’s pass to a covered Gamarion Carter that proved the dagger, tying the game with an 83-yard score. Carter caught it despite being surrounded by two defenders, shook off the would-be tacklers, and raced for the end zone. The momentum clearly shifted in favor of the Indians, who won yet again in this bitter rivalry.
#7: Gunner Stockton – Braxton Hicks quarterfinals TD
WHEN: QUARTERFINALS [NOV 24] / Rabun vs Fitzgerald
It didn’t come in a win, but this Gunner Stockton TD pass to Braxton Hicks was just one of three top plays from the duo this season. Hicks caught the pass while falling on his back, as the precise pass just missed the defender’s swat attempt.
#8: J Ben Haynes – Cody Versluis 77-yd TD
WHEN: WEEK 1 [AUG 24] / Lumpkin vs White
It was a close game in Dahlonega until this happened. J Ben Haynes had time from his O-line, and heaved one down the sideline to Cody Versluis as a defender fell in an attempt to deflect the pass. Versluis cruised to the finish line, leading the Warriors to a blowout win at Lumpkin.
#9: J Ben Haynes – Cody Versluis 34-yd TD on 4th down
WHEN: WEEK 10 [OCT 26] / White vs Chestatee
In a game that determined playoff hopes, and White County trailing, J Ben Haynes and the Warriors rolled the dice on 4th down. It was a strike to Cody Versluis, who went 34-yards for the TD that didn’t give White Co the lead, but gave it momentum into the break and eventually led to the huge comeback victory and a playoff berth.
#10: Gunner Stockton – Austin Jones 59-yd TD
WHEN: WEEK 5 [SEP 28] / Banks vs Rabun
On just the third play of the game, Gunner Stockton completed to Austin Jones in the flats, and the D-I player gassed to the end zone to begin what became at the time the school’s record-breaking win (largest margin of victory and most points scored). Those records fell later…
#11: Garmon Randolph’s 17-yd TD catch
WHEN: WEEK 9 [OCT 19] / Jefferson vs Monroe Area
In what was the region championship game in 8-AAA, the Dragons needed a score as they fell behind early. Heavily-recruited D-I talent Garmon Randolph came down with a Carter Stephenson pass, hauling it in over the shoulder while running out of space in the end zone. He had two defenders on him, but maintained great awareness of where he was to stay in.
#12: Brison Beck gasses to the end zone from 43 yds out
WHEN: WEEK 8 [OCT 12] / Rabun vs Elbert
Beck’s amazing senior season was on full display in a pivotal win over Elbert. He got the handoff, found an edge, sliced through the defense while juking a guy out, and went down the sideline for the 43-yard TD and the Rabun win.
#13: Gunner Stockton – Braxton Hicks 37-yd TD
WHEN: WEEK 11 [NOV 2] / Rabun vs Union
It was the region title game, and Gunner Stockton and Braxton Hicks did it again, coming up with a highlight-reel play. Tied at 14 late in the second, Stockton connected over the defense to Hicks for the proven game-winner. The Cats went on to win by a large margin over their rivals.
#14: J Ben Haynes – Cooper Turner 37-yd TD
WHEN: SCRIMMAGE [AUG 10] / White vs Stephens
The game didn’t mean anything, but it was a great play. J Ben Haynes threaded a ball through coverage to Cooper Turner, who then slipped off one tackle, and the next guy had a firm hold on him, but he refused to be taken down. Instead, he shredded that tackler too and raced for six.