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June 26, 2014

TCCHS, Brooks football teams move forward

THOMASVILLE — Replacing a starting quarterback is a challenging task for any high school coach in the country, but that challenge is even more daunting for Thomas County Central coach Bill Shaver and Brooks County's Maurice Freeman as the two coaches attempt to move forward without two of the greatest quarterbacks in each school's respective history.

Adam Choice and Malkom Parrish both led their teams to the GHSA playoffs last season before embarking on a position change at a Division I school  — Choice as a Clemson tailback, Parrish a defensive back at Georgia — and on Thursday morning both teams continued to work towards grooming a successor as the Trojans traveled to Thomasville to compete with the Yellow Jackets in a 7-on-7 passing league.

Choice rewrote Thomas County Central's record books as he ran for a school-record 5,091 yards in his career, including 3,142 yards and 35 touchdowns over the past two seasons while passing for 1,071 yards and nine touchdowns in TCC's run-dominant attack.

Finding a quarterback that has the type of running ability Choice displayed in his career is a difficult prospect; Shaver is still undecided between three candidates for the job.

"We've got three young men battling for the job," said Shaver. "Logan Potter, who's a senior, Eli Taylor, who's a junior, and Kelias Williams, a sophomore, so we've got one in each class. They've played some quarterback in JV games and ninth-grade games and all that, but you don't replace Adam Choice. He's the all-time leading rusher in the history of the school.

"What you've got to do is be smart and do things your quarterback can do. Not only do we have to replace Adam, we have to replace nine other starters on offense… It was definitely going to be a growing process in the summer."

Taylor stood out the most in Thursday's 7-on-7 as he displayed a strong arm and good accuracy, throwing darts to his receivers, including a perfect corner route where only 6-foot-5 Division I prospect Austin Bryant could get it.

Brooks County's first possession Thursday would have been a strange sight for Trojan fans who have become accustomed to seeing No. 12 under center for the past four seasons.

Parrish accounted for a combined 3,900 yards and 42 touchdowns last year rushing and passing, but with the Miami native moved on to Athens, Demontay Jones has taken over at quarterback and he put on another impressive display in Thomasville.

"We don't put all of our eggs in one basket," said Brooks County assistant coach Clifford Fedd. "Malkom Parrish did do a lot of things for us, he created a lot of plays for us, but we work hard and diligently with all our players including the quarterback.

"(Jones) has played for us the past two years, he's waited his turn, and now he's worked hard this summer. He's had a good spring of football, he's having a good summer, and we look to have a good fall as well."

Jones looked fluid in the pocket as he showed off his big arm, consistently hitting his receivers downfield for big plays behind the Jackets' secondary.

That seemed to be the theme on Friday, while Thomas County Central looked good offensively, the first-team defense just could not keep up with the athletes of Brooks County, but Shaver isn't discouraged.

"We know there are going to be some high points, some low points, just in the two days we've had competition, we felt like we had a pretty high point against Lowndes — we competed really well for our first time out — then against Brooks I felt like we kind of took a step back, but with a young team that's going to happen."


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