Carter, Stockton earn weekly honors
Stephens County’s Gamarion Carter (4,129 votes) took the majority of the 8,962 total public votes to earn BLITZ Player of the Week honors. BLITZ then named Rabun’s Gunner Stockton co-POW.
GAMARION CARTER (FAN VOTE)
Junior wide receiver Gamarion Carter entered the season as one of the top wideouts in the area. His numbers haven’t quite been there, solely due to the offensive scheme of Stephens County. However, this past week, in a 35-33 loss to Madison County, the Indians found themselves needing to throw the ball more often. When they did, they went to their top target. Carter hauled in 6 passes for 102 yards and a TD.
It was Carter’s first 100-yard game this season, giving him a total of 343 on the year with 3 TD on 21 receptions. A year ago, as a sophomore, Carter recorded 23 catches for 529 and 3 scores. He now has 872 yards and 6 TD on 44 receptions. This is Carter’s first Player of the Week award.
POW Graphic (Framed) – Gamarion Carter
POW Graphic (Framed) - Gamarion Carter
GUNNER STOCKTON (BLITZ PICK)
Yep, we know…Gunner Stockton, again! He’s that good, though. We didn’t award him the honors last week when he threw for 6 TDs (among the best games in state history) so when he did it for a second week in a row, it couldn’t be refused. This marks Stockton’s third 6-passing-TD game of his career. He also threw 5 of those in the first half of a win over Oglethorpe, and was out by the midway point of the third.
The sophomore completed 19-of-25 passes (76%) for 260 yards, and only had to run the ball three times (for 9 yards). Here’s the cool part. His game gives him season totals of 2,399 yards and 35 TD passing (1 more than he had all of last year), and he has 670 rushing yards to go with 11 TD. Last season those numbers were: (2,917 pass yds, 34 TD; 709 rush yds, 17 TD). So if you’re doing some quick math, he’s passed for 5,316 yards (already among the most in state history, and just surpassed head coach Jaybo Shaw’s brother’s Connor passing yardage). He’s thrown for 69 TD, already creeping toward the most in state history. With a total of 97 touchdowns, he’s just a game away perhaps from reaching 100 career scores! This is Stockton’s fourth POW award this season and 8th of his career. He is also the reigning BLITZ Player of the Year.
POW Graphic (Framed) – Gunner Stockton
POW Graphic (Framed) - Gunner Stockton
Feature Photo by BLITZ