LEGACY QUARTERBACKS

Leaving A Mark

Leaving behind a legacy means more than just people remembering your name. For these quarterbacks, it has meant/does mean that the kids sitting in the stands want to be like them, and while the numbers and stats are important, they aren’t everything. When we may not be able to recall their statistical prowess, we’ll still remember the fact that they got it done on the field under the Fright Night Lights.

CRITERIA

  • Years of Eligibility – C/O 2010-Present
  • Schools of Eligibility – Blitz territory only: Banks, Commerce, Dawson, Habersham, Jefferson, Lumpkin, Rabun, Stephens, Towns, Union, White
  • Statistical Threshold – MUST include a minimum of 4K total yards (passing/rushing) and/or 50 total TD, AND at least 2 years as the starting QB.
  • Ranked – by total TD (tie-breaker passing yds)

#1 · Gunner Stockton

Rabun County c/o 2022
184 TD

PASSING: 9,518 yds, 122 TD
RUSHING: 3,416 yds, 62 TD
TOTAL: 12,934 yds, 184 TD

Photo by Tom Askew

Stockton still has a year left, and trails only Trevor Lawrence and Deshaun Watson in career TD passes. If his senior year is on par with his junior or sophomore season, he’ll finish as the state’s leader in TD passes all-time. A true dual threat, the South Carolina commit has no equal on this list statistically. He is a 3 time All-American and 3-time All-State player.


#2 · Bailey Fisher

Rabun County c/o 2018
170 TD

PASSING: 9,383 yds, 113 TD
RUSHING: 3,075 yds, 57 TD
TOTAL: 12,458 yds, 170 TD

Photo by Bobby Escoe

Fisher was a backup for his freshman season, passing for only 435 yds and 3 TD in 2014. What followed was 3 unbelievable seasons, as he closed his career in style with a State Championship game appearance, and scored 70 TD in that 2017 season. At the time of his graduation, he was fifth all-time in passing TD in the state of Georgia, and in the top 10 in passing yards. Fisher went on to play at Tennessee Tech University.


#3 · Joseph Mancuso

Union County c/o 2016
109 TD

PASSING: 8,190 yds, 88 TD
RUSHING: 1,998 yds, 21 TD
TOTAL: 10,188 yds, 109 TD

Photo by Todd Forrest

Mancuso didn’t play at QB until his sophomore year, but made the most of his 3 seasons. That included 30 or more total TD in each season, and 39 in both his junior and senior years. He totaled over 10K in yardage, and topped 100 TD to join elite company. His 88 TD passes had him in the top 10 in state history at the time of his graduation, and his passing yards were in the top 15. Mancuso went on to play at Richmond University.


#4 · Coey Watson

Dawson County c/o 2018
106 TD

PASSING: 7,007 yds, 65 TD
RUSHING: 2,052 yds, 41 TD
TOTAL: 9,059 yds, 106 TD

Photo by BLITZ

Watson was a gamer at Dawson County, ending his career as the leader in every passing category. He was the heart and soul of the team as it rolled to unprecedented success. He was a dual threat QB who played through injuries with much grit, using his legs when facing shoulder problems, or using his arm when his legs/knees were hurting. Scoring 100+ TD in his career, he remains the top Tiger in Dawsonville. Watson went on to play at Shorter University.


#5 · Kevin Ellison

Habersham Central c/o 2012
98 TD

PASSING: 1,412 yds, 15 TD
RUSHING: 5,100 yds, 83 TD
TOTAL: 6,512 yds, 98 TD

Photo by Access WDUN

Ellison’s senior season was as ridiculous as you can imagine. He had 3,208 total yards that season with 44 TDs, doing a large portion of that on the ground. A run-first QB, Ellison remains one of the most exciting players to put on the Raiders jersey with nearly 100 TD. Ellison went on to play at Georgia Southern.


#6 · J Ben Haynes

White County c/o 2021
92 TD

PASSING: 7,081 yds, 55 TD
RUSHING: 2,133 yds, 36 TD
TOTAL: 9,214 yds, 92 TD (had one receiving)

Photo by Chaz Mullis

Haynes had a solid 4-year career for the Warriors, leaving as the undisputed top QB in school history. He is among elite company with 90-plus total TDs, and had over 2,500 total yards his senior season despite missing two and a half games to injury. He developed the ability to get it done on the ground as well as in the air. Had he not missed time his senior season, he would probably have reached 100 career TD. Haynes is currently undecided on where he will play.


#7 · Kolt Owenby

Union County c/o 2010
92 TD

PASSING: 7,046 yds, 59 TD
RUSHING: 2,507 yds, 33 TD
TOTAL: 9,553 yds, 92 TD

Before Mancuso (above), Allison and Wright (below), Union had big-time QB Kolt Owenby. He collected 92 total TD as a true dual threat QB, including 37 total TD as a senior in 2009, earning All-State honors. Owenby went on to play at the University of the Cumberlands.


#8 · Bryant Shirreffs

Jefferson c/o 2013
90 TD

PASSING: 5,519 yds, 53 TD
RUSHING: 2,158 yds, 37 TD
TOTAL: 7,677 yds, 90 TD

Photo by Wes Blankenship

Shirreffs number-wise falls here, though could go higher considering he led the Dragons to a State Championship in 2012. His senior year saw him tally 38 TD, and he was a 3-year starter with nearly 8K yds of offense and exactly 90 TD.


#9 · Tyler Dominy

Dawson County c/o 2013
81 TD

PASSING: 6,548 yds, 69 TD
RUSHING: 1,000 yds, 12 TD
TOTAL: 7,548 yds, 81 TD

Photo by Access WDUN

Dominy topped 7,500 career yds and over 80 TD! His senior season had him passing for over 2,800 yds and 31 TD, along with 400 rushing yds and 5 TD. He also had a 400-yd passing game that 2012 season. Dominy went on to play at the University of North Georgia in basketball.


#10 · Pierson Allison

Union County c/o 2020
72 TD

PASSING: 6,090 yds, 56 TD
RUSHING: 1,172 yds, 16 TD
TOTAL: 7,262 yds, 72 TD

Photo by Todd Forrest

Allison closed his career with a pair of 3,000+ yd, 30+ TD seasons (rushing + passing). He led the Panthers to great success, including winning the school’s first-ever state playoff game. His numbers were impressive considering he played just 2 seasons at QB. In his first and second years on the team, he threw for 296 yds and 4 TD in very limited reps, rushing for only 40 yds and 2 TD in that span. Allison went on to play at Berry College.


#11 · Cole Wright

Union County c/o 2018
69 TD

PASSING: 3,951 yds, 34 TD
RUSHING: 2,676 yds, 35 TD
TOTAL: 6,627 yds, 69 TD

Photo by Todd Forrest

Wright was a dual threat who spent a couple seasons behind Mancuso (above) before getting his shot, and preceded Allison (above). He was probably the best runner of the trio at Union, evidenced by his 2,676 yds rushing in pretty much just 2 seasons. He tallied 35 TD as a junior and 33 as a senior, nearly hitting 70 for his career. Wright went on to play at Army-West Point.


#12 · Colby Clark

Jefferson c/o 2020
65 TD

PASSING: 1,559 yds, 19 TD
RUSHING: 2,501 yds, 46 TD
TOTAL: 4,060 yds, 65 TD

Photo by Brian Westerholt/Sports On Film

Clark was a QB who missed a large chunk of one season, yet still put up incredible numbers in an option-based offensive scheme. However, he could throw the ball when he had to. His 33-TD senior season was awesome, as he topped 1,100 rushing yards and nearly 600 passing. Clark went on to play at Harding University.


#13 · Zach Holtzclaw

Dawson County c/o 2022
59 TD

PASSING: 5,173 yds, 51 TD
RUSHING: 187 yds, 8 TD
TOTAL: 5,360 yds, 59 TD

Photo by Chaz Mullis

Holtzclaw is a true passing QB, almost exclusively. He passed for at least 2,300 yards in both his sophomore and junior seasons, and had 33 total TD as a junior in 2020. He will continue to creep up the list as he still has a year to go.


#14 · Tre Luttrell

Habersham Central c/o 2019
58 TD

PASSING: 4,113 yds, 42 TD
RUSHING: 1,292 yds, 16 TD
TOTAL: 5,405 yds, 58 TD

Photo by Daniel Purcell

Luttrell moved around a good bit, playing his junior season at Gainesville and senior year at Habersham. He had over 3,300 total yards in 2018 for the Raiders and 35 TD that year, leading Hab Central to a second round appearance. Luttrell went on to plat at Lenoir-Rhyne University.


#15 · Cole Segraves

White County/Colquitt County c/o 2012
47 TD

PASSING: 5,152 yds, 36 TD
RUSHING: 1,406 yds, 11 TD
TOTAL: 6,558 yds, 47 TD

Photo by Access WDUN

Segraves, a 3* QB recruit, only got to shine one year as a starter at White County, helping guide the Warriors to a playoff win at home over LaGrange in 2010. He then went on to Colquitt County, where he was for 2 seasons a force on a state championship caliber team. He threw for over 2K yards as a senior, and was a solid dual threat QB throughout his career.


#16 · Austin Brown

Habersham Central/Flowery Branch c/o 2011
45 TD

PASSING: 4,979 yds, 38 TD
RUSHING: 135 yds, 7 TD
TOTAL: 5,114 yds, 45 TD

Photo by Access WDUN

Brown had a solid career, and was a 2* QB recruit. Only half of it came at Habersham Central. After passing for over 2,300 yards and 14 TD over two season as a starter for the Raiders, he went to Flowery Branch and had a 1st Team All-Region and All-State kind of year when he threw for 2,588 yards and 24 TD against just 2 interceptions. Brown went on to play at UAB.


#17 · Griffin Goodwin

Banks County c/o 2017
42 TD

PASSING: 4,583 yds, 39 TD
RUSHING: 49 yds, 3 TD
TOTAL: 4,632 yds, 42 TD

Photo by Bobby Escoe

Goodwin had a quietly good career for the Leopards, which reached a peak in 2016 as a senior when he threw for 2,142 yds and 18 TD.


#18 · Evan Shirreffs

Jefferson c/o 2017
42 TD

PASSING: 4,080 yds, 39 TD
RUSHING: 84 yds, 3 TD
TOTAL: 4,164 yds, 42 TD

Photo by Brian Westmoreland

Shirreffs was a 3* recruit and took over under center after his brother, Bryant, had led the Dragons to a state title. In Evan’s 2 years as starter, Jefferson remained a deep playoff team. His senior year was great, as he totaled 2,700 total yards and 24 TDs.


#19 · Jackson Bell

Stephens County c/o 2018
41 TD

PASSING: 3,098 yds, 27 TD
RUSHING: 1,323 yds, 14 TD
TOTAL: 4,421 yds, 41 TD

Photo by Bobby Escoe

Bell was a mainstay for his sophomore through senior season at QB for the Indians. He passed for over 3K yards in total, and had 13 or more TD in each of those 3 seasons combined. He proved to be a tough QB to play against due to his ability to run when needed.


Up & Coming

These QBs are probably a season away and currently playing. The 4 listed below just need to start in 2021 at QB to have a shot at moving up.

  • Malaki Starks – Jefferson c/o 2022 (2,650 total yds, 40 TD)
  • Ben Stowe – Stephens County c/o 2023 (1,387 total yds, 16 TD)
  • Trey Huff – Commerce c/o 2023 (1,213 total yds, 22 TD)
  • Logan Helcher – Union County c/o 2022 (1,966 total yds, 14 TD)
Notable Honorable Mentions
  • Wes Holcombe – Rabun County c/o 2014 (3,784 total yds, 40 TD)
  • Will Brock – White County c/o 2013 (3,710 total yds, 40 TD)
  • Sevaughn Clark – Dawson County c/o 2019 (3,628 total yds, 40 TD) *1-year starting QB
  • Mason Long – Stephens County c/o 2015 (3,682 total yds, 37 TD)
  • Nate Ray – Commerce c/o 2020 (3,386 total yds, 37 TD)
  • T Bentley – Union County c/o 2013 (3,898 total yds, 35 TD)
  • Joshua Pickett – Habersham Central c/o 2021 (2,711 total yds, 34 TD) *1-year starting QB
  • Cole Wilbanks – Habersham Central c/o 2017 (3,211 total yds, 33 TD)
  • AJ Curry – Habersham Central c/o 2018 (3,171 total yds, 31 TD) *1-year starting QB
  • Taylor Guthrie – Lumpkin County c/o 2011 (2,146 total yds, 29 TD)
  • Bryce Moore – Jefferson c/o 2018 (3,699 total yds, 28 TD)
  • Ryte Woodruff – Habersham Central c/o 2020 (2,502 total yds, 27 TD) *1-year starting QB