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Gridiron gold: Area players earn football accolades

The Georgia Sportswriters Association has recently honored a number of prep football players.

Among the list of local players are: Thomson High School's Darius Eubanks, Warren County's Tommy Seals, Devon Walls and Travis Burley and Briarwood Academy's Dave Joesbury, John Spivey and Jonathan Gay.

Eubanks, a junior, who picked off six passes while playing defense for Thomson Head Coach Luther Welsh this past season, earned Honorable Mention status. Eubanks was one of the most exciting players on the Bulldogs' defensive squad.

And with another year to play, Coach Welsh and his coaching staff are expecting only bigger and better things from him next season.

Eubanks helped the Bulldogs to make it into the First Round of the Class AAA State Playoffs. Their undefeated season came to an end in the state playoffs, bowing to Westover's Patriots at home in The Brickyard.

Eubanks also was named First Team Defensive Back on the All-Area Team by The Augusta Chronicle and Honorable Mention by The Atlanta Journal-Constitution.

Several other area players were also honored by The Augusta Chronicle for their outstanding play on the gridiron this past season.

From Thomson High School, those players include: James Bonner, a junior running back, who stands 5-5 and weighs 170 pounds, rushed for 1,168 yards and scored 20 touchdowns; Bob Brunson, a senior offensive lineman, who stands 6-1 and weighs 210 pounds; Lonnie Harris, a 5-11, 175 junior linebacker, who recorded 89 tackles; and Steadman Grant, a 6 foot, 225 pound junior linebacker, who made 109 tackles. Grant was named to the Second Team All-Area Defensive squad.

Meanwhile, three players from Warren County were recognized for their outstanding play for the Screaming Devils of Head Coach Lee Hutto.

The trio of players included: Tommy Seals, Devon Walls and Travis Burley. All three helped the Screaming Devils make it to the quarterfinals of the Class A State Football Playoffs for the second year in a row.

Seals, a Division I college prospect, was selected First Team Defensive Back in Class A.

He also was an outstanding quarterback for several seasons at Warren County High School, being named to The Augusta Chronicle's First Team Offense in that position. Seals was also named The Chronicle's Area Player of The Year.

The versatile Seals rushed for 1,116 yards, passed for another 1,157 yards and accounted for 30 touchdowns. He was selected by The AJC as one of the top defensive backs in the state.

In a recent interview with The McDuffie Mirror, Seals said he is leaning towards playing college football at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro.

Another standout for the Screaming Devils was Walls, who stands 6 feet tall and weighs 250 pounds. He was named to the First Team Offense as an offensive lineman for The Chronicle and to The Journal-Constitution's Class A All-Star offense.

Burley, the lanky 6-4, 180 pound wide receiver, was named Honorable Mention by The Journal-Constitution. He was also named to The Chronicle's Third Team All-Area Offense as a wide receiver.

Warren County's Kentrell Latimore, a junior defensive back and running back along with Devarrus Reynolds, a senior running back, both were named to The Chronicle's All-Area Honorable Mention roll.

At Briarwood Academy, meanwhile, three football players also have received recognition. Such recognition comes from the All-Area Team of Independent Schools by The Augusta Chronicle.

Named to the First Team Offense from the Buccaneers of Head Coaches Josh Morey and Bo Fleming were Dave Joesbury and John Spivey.

Joesbury, a senior who stands 6-6 and weighs 190 pounds, was named First Team Wide Receiver. He also is considered a Division I college football and basketball prospect.

Joesbury caught 39 passes for 584 yards this past season and scored seven touchdowns. He was also named to the Georgia Independent Schools Association's All-State team for Class AA

Spivey stands 5-11 and weighs 200 pounds and was named First Team Offensive Lineman. Spivey was Briarwood's leading tackler this past season and one of the mainstays on the offensive line. His play earned the senior a spot on the 2007 GISA All-Star Football Blue Team

Gay, a junior on the Buccaneer squad, was named Honorable Mention as defensive and offensive lineman.

Gay, Joesbury and Spivey were among five Bucs named to the 2007 GISA AA All-Region team. The other two players were Hughlon Mays and Matthew McElveen.

Web posted on Thursday, December 27, 2007

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