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State leaderboard littered with local talent

In the second release of the state yardage leaderboard published weekly by Georgia High School Football Daily, 12 of our local players made the cut above the minimum number of yards to be included among the state’s leaders. The initial list on September 20 contained 11 such players from our coverage area.

The highest-ranking individual is Stephens’ Hudson Spurlock, who sits 4TH in the state in rushing yards. Union’s Pierson Allison is 5TH in passing yards. Once again, Rabun’s Gunner Stockton is the only individual to appear in two listings (passing & rushing). Union has 4 representatives, while Rabun has 3. White and Habersham both have 2, while Stephens has the one.

PASSING

State Leader: Hunter Costlow (Jones County), 1,355 yds

Pierson Allison (Union Co SR QB)

1,127 yds (5th)

Times featured as a state leader this season – 2nd
Last ranking – 33rd

Gunner Stockton (Rabun Co SO QB)

916 yds (17th)

Times featured as a state leader this season – 2nd
Last ranking – 21st

J Ben Haynes (White Co JR QB)

902 yds (20th)

Times featured as a state leader this season – 2nd
Last ranking – 27th

Ryte Woodruff (Habersham Central SR QB)

870 yds (23rd)

Times featured as a state leader this season – 2nd
Last ranking – 28th

Others within striking distance: The minimum to be on the state leaderboard was 650 yards. Dawson’s Zach Holtclaw (525) is fairly close

RUSHING

State Leader: Jahmyr Gibbs (Dalton), 1,144 yds

Hudson Spurlock (Stephens Co SR RB)

670 yds (4th)

Times featured as a state leader this season – 2nd
Last ranking – 23rd

Jonah Daniel (Union Co JR RB)

571 yds (22nd)

Times featured as a state leader this season – 2nd
Last ranking – 41st

Gunner Stockton (Rabun Co SO QB)

425 yds (63rd)

Times featured as a state leader this season – 2nd
Last ranking – 45th

Others within striking distance: The minimum to be on the state leaderboard was 400 yards. Habersham’s Jackson Clouatre (388 yds), White’s JBen Haynes (380 yds), Dawson’s Shawn Thomas (342 yds), Rabun’s Brody Jarrard (341 yds), Lumpkin’s BoJack Dowdy (229 yds), Jefferson’s Malaki Starks (200 yds) are all in the conversation here.

RECEIVING

State Leader: Jarius “Nono” Mack (Clarke Central), 604 yds

Joshua Pickett (Habersham Central JR WR)

361 yds (23rd)

Times featured as a state leader this season – 2nd
Last ranking – 21st

Kyle Morlock (Union Co SR WR)

356 yds (26th)

Times featured as a state leader this season – 2nd
Last ranking – 62nd

Cooper Turner (White Co JR WR)

328 yds (40th)

Times featured as a state leader this season – 1st
Last ranking – N/A

Braxton Hicks (Rabun Co SR WR)

322 yds (44th)

Times featured as a state leader this season – 2nd
Last ranking – 53rd

Sawyer Drake (Union Co SR WR)

304 yds (57th)

Times featured as a state leader this season – 1st
Last ranking – N/A

Others within striking distance: The minimum to be on the state leaderboard was 275 yards. Stephens’ Gamarion Carter (241 yds/was listed 66th in initial leaderboard), White’s Jesse Thomas (228 yds), Rabun’s Sam Adams (215 yds), Habersham’s Grayson Taylor (193 yds), Dawson’s Hunter Barron (187 yds), Rabun’s Sutton Jones (179 yds), and Union’s Mason McCombs (173 yds) are all in the conversation here.

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