BLITZ Boys Soccer Player of the Year Nominees

With the conclusion of the 2022 soccer season, we release our nominees for BLITZ Player of the Year. We reached out to all head coaches for a maximum of 6 players from each team to be nominated for this honor. Next, we will narrow the list down to a finalist pool (and allow the public to vote for one nominee to join our finalists). After that, our internal voting panel will vote Heisman-style to determine the winner.

NOTE: Habersham Central and Stephens County did not respond to attempts for POY nominees.

Cesar Armenta – Rabun County SR GK #31

STATS: 10 Saves/Game, 4 Shutouts

Austin Ball – Tallulah Falls SO M #9

STATS: 9 G, 13 A

Cohen Cantrell – White County SO CB #7

STATS: TBA *Nominated by BLITZ due to no response by White County but won a Player of the Week award during ’22 season

MJ Delatte – Union County SR M #2

STATS: 10 G, 7 A

Grant English – Banks County JR GK #23

STATS: TBA N*ominated by BLITZ due to no response by Banks County but was a Player of the Week candidate during ’22 season

Nicholas Esqueda – Lumpkin County SO M #10


Mason Fifer – Jefferson JR CM #10


Diego Garcia – Rabun County SR M #10

STATS: 2 A, Team Captain

Lane Lallement – Towns County SR F #2

STATS: 27 G, 2nd in TC Single-Season Goals

Sean Lynes, Jr. – Tallulah Falls SR F #10

STATS: 23 G, 3 A

Zuriel Mancillas – Union County SO CM #10

STATS: 12 G, 9 A

Juanes Martinez – Rabun County SR M/F #9

STATS: 12 G, 4 A

Cort McCormack – Jefferson SR F #8

STATS: 9 G, 2 A

Brandon Newman – Jefferson SR CB #18

STATS: 3 G, 2 A, 19 GP (all minutes)

Ezequiel Ramos-Rios – Rabun County JR M/F #7

STATS: 8 G, 4 A

Kyler Robbins – Union County SR CM #1

STATS: 21 G, 12 A

Payte Rucker – Lumpkin County SO D #7

STATS: Team lead of defense

Jose Sandoval – Dawson County SR S #11


Jhonny Valle – Commerce JR F #4

STATS: 12+ G, *Nominated by BLITZ due to no response by Commerce but won a Player of the Week award during ’22 season

Wilson Walker – Union County JR F #6

STATS: 14 G, 4 A

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