Area play­ers re­ceive All-state foot­ball hon­ors

The Catoosa County News - - SPORTS - By Scott Herpst [email protected]

The start of the new year gen­er­ally brings with it the an­nounce­ment of All-state foot­ball awards in the state of Ge­or­gia and 2019 is no ex­cep­tion.

Three play­ers from area teams were re­cently rec­og­nized as All-state play­ers by two sep­a­rate pub­li­ca­tions.

The on­line site Re­cruit Ge­or­gia an­nounced its All-state teams and two play­ers, both from Ca­toosa County made the list in Class 3A.

LFO se­nior punter Char­lie Har­less was picked to the team as a spe­cial­ist. The War­rior stand­out av­er­aged 46.5 yards on 23 punts this past sea­son, one of the top av­er­ages in the state.

Also named to the squad was Ring­gold se­nior An­dre Tarver, who was se­lected as a de­fen­sive back. The fu­ture Mis­sis­sippi State base­ball player racked up 50 tack­les, 40 as­sists and eight tack­les for loss. He also caught 34 passes for 405 yards and six TD’S and rushed for 525 yards and five scores on of­fense.

The At­lanta Jour­nal and Con­sti­tu­tion also picked its an­nual All-state team. Tarver was named honor­able men­tion in Class 3A as a wide re­ceiver and a de­fen­sive back, while Ridge­land ju­nior run­ning back Jor­dan Black­well was honor­able men­tion in Class 4A.

Black­well rushed 143 times for the Pan­thers for 1,122 yards and 15 touch­downs this past sea­son with­out a sin­gle fum­ble. He also caught 16 passes for 130 yards and two more scores.

The Ge­or­gia Sports Writ­ers As­so­ci­a­tion’s All-state Team was slated to be re­leased this week, but not early enough to make to­day’s edi­tion.

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