BLITZ HOF 2020: Football



3,490 career yards ranks 5th at the time of his graduation in state history. 46 receiving TDs ranks tops in Georgia history. No other receiver ever posted back-to-back-to-back 12-plus TD seasons. Hicks was part of a dynasty at Rabun County that won 6 straight Region Titles, and left with a record of 48-5, losing only once in the regular season. That includes going 26-0 in region play, and playing in 4 straight quarterfinals games, including the 2017 state championship game run. The UGA-bound wideout had back-to-back 1,000-yard seasons, and hauled in 183 passes. Hicks is up there as one of the best receivers BLITZ has ever been blessed enough to cover, and was a 2-time All-State selection. (7,150 VOTES)

HOF Framed Graphic (11×17) – Braxton Hicks

HOF Framed Graphic (11x17) - Braxton Hicks



A gamer…that’s what Colby Clark is. The Harding University bound QB took on any and every assignment tasked him by Jefferson over his career, and battled through injuries to help guide the Dragons to victory after victory. Clark finished off his senior season as an All-State honoree, and passed for 563 yards and 9 TD against just one interception, and rushed for 1,108 yards and 24 scores. For his career at Jefferson, he passed for 1,559 yards and rushed for 2,501, and had a hand in 65 TDs (46 rushing, 19 passing). He also contributed at linebacker and corner back during his career, which included an All-State recognition and All-Region honors. (4,729 VOTES)

HOF Framed Graphic (11×17) – Colby Clark

HOF Framed Graphic (11x17) - Colby Clark



Wade is one of the top lineman to play for the Raiders, and coach Benji Harrison claims he’s the best OL he has ever had in 20-plus years. A three-year starter, he was a two-time 1st Team All-Region pick, and was voted the team’s ’19 best offensive player. He graded out at 90+ every week, and recorded 50 pancake blocks as a senior in 2019. The Reinhardt-bound OL is 6’2 and sits at 285 pounds. (4,657 VOTES)

HOF Framed Graphic (11×17) – Joshua Wade

HOF Framed Graphic (11x17) - Joshua Wade



Keener really became a true playmaker as a junior, so he was a late bloomer in that regard. That season (2016), he 504 receiving yards and 5 TD, adding an interception on defense at the safety position. But no one predicted his crazy senior year. The Wildcat star earned All-State honors in the Championship Game season for Rabun, collecting 1,008 yards receiving with 13 TD, and had 388 kick return, 16 punt return, and 80 interception yards to give him a collective 1,492 all-purpose yardage season. But here’s where he was even better. At safety, he was a ball hawk who picked off 10 passes and deflected 8 others. He had 15 TDs (13 REC, 1 KR, 1 INT) and had 50 tackles that season. All told, he closed his career with 2,189 all-purpose yards and 22 TDs, as well as 11 interceptions and 74 tackles. (4,509 VOTES)

HOF Framed Graphic (11×17) – Cole Keener

HOF Framed Graphic (11x17) - Cole Keener



Peyton Backer was a two-time All-State player for Rabun County and All-Region selection. He was a force in the trenches with a 90+ overall grade, more than 100 pancake blocks, and on the d-line added 191 career tackles and 8 sacks, as well as 3 forced fumbles. Backer went on to Georgia Southern, where he has become a relied-upon player for the Eagles. (3,915 VOTES)

HOF Framed Graphic (11×17) – Peyton Backer

HOF Framed Graphic (11x17) - Peyton Backer



At 5’11, 250 pounds, Pate may seem a little on the smaller side for a lineman. But he always played above that. Pate was named All-State at OL for Commerce AND All-State at DL, and was also a multi-All-Region selection on both sides of the trenches. The Harding University lineman now plays exclusively on offense, but was a beast who rarely if ever took a snap off as a Tiger. He graded out over 90 to the best of our knowledge, had over 150 pancake blocks, and over 150 career tackles. (3,447 VOTES)

HOF Framed Graphic (11×17) – Levi Pate

HOF Framed Graphic (11x17) - Levi Pate



Pierson Allison had to sit behind Cole Wright for a couple of years at Union County before getting his shot. Statistically, he made up for lost time. He threw for 6,090 yards and 56 TD, and the All-State QB added 1,172 rushing yards and another 16 TDs on the ground. That’s good for 7,262 total yards and 72 total TD for the lefty. He had 2,800 passing yards or more in his two seasons as a starter under center, and 30-plus TD in each of those seasons. He led the Panthers to their first-ever state playoff win in 2019. He threw for a school-record 490 yards against Monticello during his senior year, which is among the most yards in a single game in state history. (168 VOTES – PRODUCER’S PASS)

HOF Framed Graphic (11×17) – Pierson Allison

HOF Framed Graphic (11x17) - Pierson Allison



Luke Martin (6’3, 225 lbs) was a mainstay at LB for the Tigers during a pivotal part of the historic seasons under coach Sid Maxwell. Martin was an absolute monster on defense, collecting 328 tackles between just his junior and senior season, and finishing with well over 400 for his career. He added a pair of sacks and a few interceptions, and even had some cameo appearances at tight end, where he added a couple TDs and 122 yards. He had a school record 185 tackles (20 for loss) as a senior, and 133 (1) as a junior. The UNC-Charlotte linebacker was named All-State at Dawson as a senior, and earned 7-AAA Defensive Player of the Year honors. He was 1st Team All-Region three times. (74 VOTES – PRODUCER’S PASS)

HOF Framed Graphic (11×17) – Luke Martin

HOF Framed Graphic (11x17) - Luke Martin


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