State championships eluded area teams this season, but three local standouts brought home the next best thing over the weekend.
Thomasville’s Mario Cherry and Thomas County Central duo Adam Choice and Austin Parmer all earned All-State recognition from the Georgia Sportswriters Association.
Cherry, a 5-foot-8, 180-pound senior, rushed for 1,604 yards and 21 touchdowns in helping lead the Bulldogs to an 8-4 record and the second round of the Class AA playoffs. That performance netted him honorable mention All-State from the GSWA, adding to a postseason haul that included an appearance in the North-South All-Star game Monday as well as Times-Enterprise All-Area Offensive Player of the Year and the Region 1-AA coaches’ all-region Offensive Player of the Year. Cherry is Thomasville’s first All-State player since Jeffery Dyson since 2010.
There has been no shortage of accolades for Choice, Central’s senior quarterback. The 5-9, 200-pounder that is committed to playing running back at Clemson, earned All-State honors for the third straight year as he was named to the Class AAAAA second team as an athlete. Choice was also the Region 1-AAAAA co-Offensive Player of the Year and the all-area MVP. While his season ended during the Yellow Jackets’ regular season finale, Choice rushed for 1,521 yards and 14 touchdowns, while throwing for 522 yards and seven touchdowns with just one interception. Choice also became the school’s all-time leading rusher with 5,095 yards, breaking the mark in that final game against Harris County.
Choice was also a second-team athlete each of the past two seasons.
Parmer, a 6-3, 270-pound senior, also earned second-team honors after making 77 tackles with 4.5 sacks. The defensive tackle became Central’s first defensive All-State performer since Ray Drew in 2010.