Local players make all-state team
By KEVIN ECKLEBERRY
After another memorable year for the Callaway Cavaliers, the postseason honors are starting to roll in.
Recruit Georgia named its all-state team last week, and Callaway was well-represented.
Five members of Callaway’s team, including three players who signed football scholarships last week, were first-team selections on the Class AA all-state team, and another Cavalier earned an honorable-mention nod.
Troup, meanwhile, had three players earn spots on the Class AA all-state team as honorable-mention selections.
One LaGrange player, Charles Miller, was an honorable-mention pick.
Among Callaway’s first-team players is running back Cartavious “Tank” Bigsby, who finished his high-school career with a spectacular senior season.
Despite missing significant time with an ankle injury, Bigsby ran for 1,636 yards on 143 carries with 27 touchdowns.
Also making the first team was offensive lineman Tate Johnson, who helped open holes for Bigsby the past two seasons.
Bigsby and Johnson will be teammates once again next season after they both signed with Auburn.
Another first-team pick for Callaway is wide receiver Jacob Freeman, who had a terrific senior season with 11 touchdown catches.
Also for Callaway, two defensive standouts made the first team.
Anthony Elliott had a big senior season, and the defensive lineman was among the team’s leading tacklers in every game he played in.
Shephard anchored the secondary from his defensive-back position, and he was also a threat as a wide receiver and a kick returner.
Another Callaway, junior quarterback Demetrius Coleman, was an honorable-mention selection.
Coleman had a phenomenal season, throwing for more than 2,500 yards with 31 touchdowns.
One of Troup’s three honorable-mention picks was senior quarterback Kobe Hudson, who’ll be joining Bigsby and Johnson at Auburn.
Hudson was a four-year starter at Troup, and he enjoyed two successful seasons at quarterback.
Hudson was the Class AAAA player of the year following a memorable junior season, and he had another banner season as a senior.
Hudson had nearly 3,000 combined yards throwing and running, and he accounted for 25 total touchdowns.
Running back Trey Williams had an outstanding senior season. Williams ran for 1,454 yards on 226 carries with 15 touchdowns.
Also for Troup, senior wide receiver Mark-Anthony Dixon earned an honorable-mention selection, as did junior offensive lineman Royce White.