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.
- 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 45 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
254 TD *State Record*
PASSING: 13,652 yds, 177 TD *State Record*
RUSHING: 4,372 yds, 77 TD
TOTAL: 18,024 yds, 254 TD
The 4-time All-American and All-State player had arguably the greatest career in Georgia football history. He ended his career with the most total TD (254) and yards (18,024) as well as most passing TD (177) in state history. His 13,652 passing yards were second only to Trevor Lawrence, and he was 46-7 as a starter. His teams won 4 straight region titles and each season went to the Quarterfinals or deeper. He put up one of the all-time best seasons as a senior with 70 total TD (55 passing and 15 rushing). He had 4,134 passing yards and 956 rushing yards, and a career-best QBR of 151.9. He threw 55 TDs against just 1 interception. He went on to play at UGA, and was the nation’s top 5-star QB.
#2 · Bailey Fisher
Rabun County c/o 2018
PASSING: 9,383 yds, 113 TD
RUSHING: 3,075 yds, 57 TD
TOTAL: 12,458 yds, 170 TD
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, then transferred to Gardner-Webb.
#3 · Joseph Mancuso
Union County c/o 2016
PASSING: 8,190 yds, 88 TD
RUSHING: 1,998 yds, 21 TD
TOTAL: 10,188 yds, 109 TD
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, and even got an NFL invite to spring camp.
#4 · Coey Watson
Dawson County c/o 2018
PASSING: 7,007 yds, 65 TD
RUSHING: 2,052 yds, 41 TD
TOTAL: 9,059 yds, 106 TD
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
PASSING: 1,412 yds, 15 TD
RUSHING: 5,100 yds, 83 TD
TOTAL: 6,512 yds, 98 TD
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
PASSING: 7,081 yds, 55 TD
RUSHING: 2,133 yds, 36 TD
TOTAL: 9,214 yds, 92 TD (had one receiving)
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 went on to play baseball at UNG.
#7 · Kolt Owenby
Union County c/o 2010
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
PASSING: 5,519 yds, 53 TD
RUSHING: 2,158 yds, 37 TD
TOTAL: 7,677 yds, 90 TD
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 · Zach Holtzclaw
Dawson County c/o 2022
PASSING: 7,322 yds, 70 TD
RUSHING: 285 yds, 13 TD
TOTAL: 7,607 yds, 83 TD
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. As a senior, Holtzclaw put up 2,149 pass yds and 19 TD, and added 98 rush yds and 5 TD. He went on to play at Cumberland University.
#10 · Tyler Dominy
Dawson County c/o 2013
PASSING: 6,548 yds, 69 TD
RUSHING: 1,000 yds, 12 TD
TOTAL: 7,548 yds, 81 TD
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.
#11 · Pierson Allison
Union County c/o 2020
PASSING: 6,090 yds, 56 TD
RUSHING: 1,172 yds, 16 TD
TOTAL: 7,262 yds, 72 TD
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.
#12 · Cole Wright
Union County c/o 2018
PASSING: 3,951 yds, 34 TD
RUSHING: 2,676 yds, 35 TD
TOTAL: 6,627 yds, 69 TD
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.
#13 · Keegan Stover
Rabun County c/o 2023
PASSING: 5,417 yds, 66 TD
RUSHING: -35 yds, 2 TD
TOTAL: 5,382 yds, 68 TD
Stover started his sophomore and junior seasons at West Forsyth, tallying 2,409 yards and 25 TD as a junior in 2021 and 1,444 yards and 19 TD passing as a 2020 sophomore. He transferred to Rabun County after Gunner Stockton graduated, giving Stover one year in Tiger. His Rabun debut saw him sling for 368 yards and 5 TD in an opening win. In his third game for the Cats, he put up 8 TD passes against #10 Adairsville (2nd most in state hitstory in a single game; and school record), and threw for 481 yards (school record).
#14 · Colby Clark
Jefferson c/o 2020
PASSING: 1,559 yds, 19 TD
RUSHING: 2,501 yds, 46 TD
TOTAL: 4,060 yds, 65 TD
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.
#15 · Tre Luttrell
Habersham Central c/o 2019
PASSING: 4,113 yds, 42 TD
RUSHING: 1,292 yds, 16 TD
TOTAL: 5,405 yds, 58 TD
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.
#16 · Cole Segraves
White County/Colquitt County c/o 2012
PASSING: 5,152 yds, 36 TD
RUSHING: 1,406 yds, 11 TD
TOTAL: 6,558 yds, 47 TD
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.
#17 · Malaki Starks
Jefferson c/o 2022
PASSING: 725 yds, 11 TD
RUSHING: 2,418 yds, 36 TD
TOTAL: 3,143 yds, 47 TD
Starks, a 5-star recruit who was at one point the nation’s top overall recruit, went on to UGA. First, he had a sensational career for the Dragons. Unselfishly, he took on the QB role in his junior and senior year after shining as a safety and running back as a freshman and sophomore. He ended up with over 3,200 total yards of offense and 49 total TD (2 receiving), and added 10 picks and 85 tackles on the flip side with another pair of scores. He led Jefferson to a state title game appearance as a junior in 2020.
#18 · Austin Brown
Habersham Central/Flowery Branch c/o 2011
PASSING: 4,979 yds, 38 TD
RUSHING: 135 yds, 7 TD
TOTAL: 5,114 yds, 45 TD
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.
#19 · Logan Helcher
Union County c/o 2022
PASSING: 3,512 yds, 31 TD
RUSHING: 1,009 yds, 14 TD
TOTAL: 4,521 yds, 45 TD
Logan Helcher had a solid career at QB, starting as a junior and senior. He got his feet wet a little as a sophomore, and barely played varsity as a freshman. But as a junior, he passed for 1,109 yards and 5 TD, adding 370 rushing yards and 5 TD. But everyone knew he was capable of more. Sure enough, his senior year saw him pass for 2,012 yards and 22 TDs, adding 543 on the ground with another 9 TDs. He finished with 31 total TD that season and 2,555 yards, giving him a career total of 4,521 yards and 45 TDs.
#20 · Griffin Goodwin
Banks County c/o 2017
PASSING: 4,583 yds, 39 TD
RUSHING: 49 yds, 3 TD
TOTAL: 4,632 yds, 42 TD
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.
#21 · Evan Shirreffs
Jefferson c/o 2015
PASSING: 4,080 yds, 39 TD
RUSHING: 84 yds, 3 TD
TOTAL: 4,164 yds, 42 TD
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.
#22 · Jackson Bell
Stephens County c/o 2018
PASSING: 3,098 yds, 27 TD
RUSHING: 1,323 yds, 14 TD
TOTAL: 4,421 yds, 41 TD
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 or two away and currently playing.
- Trey Huff – Commerce/Lincoln Co c/o 2023 (2,742 total yds, 44 TD)
- Ben Stowe – Stephens County c/o 2023 (3,972 total yds, 43 TD)
- Cooper Scott – Lumpkin County c/o 2023 (3,307 total yds, 33 TD)
- Tripp Nix – White County c/o 2025 (2,130 total yds, 20 TD)
- Carson Parker – Habersham Central c/o 2024 (2,192 total yds, 16 TD)
- Connor Chastain – Towns County c/o 2024 (1,829 total yds, 16 TD)
- Caiden Tanner – Union County c/o 2024 (1,237 total yds, 12 TD)
- Max Aldridge – Jefferson c/o 2023 (1,158 total yds, 10 TD)
- Caine Griffith – Banks County c/o 2023 (715 total yds, 7 TD)
- Davis Glass – Dawson County c/o 2025 (493 total yds, 5 TD)
- Cooper Smith – Habersham Central c/o 2023 (471 total yds, 5 TD)
Notable Honorable Mentions (25+TD and/or 2,500 total yds)
- 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