The Newnan Times-Herald

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Three local players named to All-State team


  • By Doug Gorman
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  • Jan. 05, 2017 - 1:41 AM

High School football season ended more than a month ago, but honors are still pouring in for a handful of local players.

Three seniors with ties to Coweta County earned a spot on the Georgia Sports Writers’ All-State Second Team after closing out their high school careers by helping lead their football teams to the playoffs.

East Coweta linebacker Jeremiah Gemmel and teammate Devonte Brown, who played running back for the Indians, earned a spot on the Class AAAAAAA Second Team, while Northgate linebacker Campsen Burley was named to the Class AAAAAA second team.

All three were also honored on Christmas Day with selection to the annual Newnan Times-Herald All-County Football Team.

Gemmel was named the paper’s Defensive Player of the Year, while Brown shared the county’s Offensive Player of the Year honors with Northgate’s Ton Evans.

Burley also was named to The Newnan Times-Herald All-County squad.

Gemmel was a four-year starter at East Coweta and earned his Second-Team All-State honors after finishing with 101 tackles, 13 for a loss and one sack. He has verbally committed to play college football at the University of North Carolina.

Brown capped what could be his final season of football with 981 yards and 12 touchdowns. It appears baseball is in the future for the two-sport high school athlete. In October, Brown signed a letter-of-intent to play baseball for Georgia Tech.

At Northgate, Burley stepped in and filled a big void at linebacker when James Skalski and Kyle Feldbauer graduated last year.

Burley picked up the slack with 114 tackles, including five for a loss in his first season as a starter.

Cutline 1: East Coweta senior Devonte Brown was named to the Georgia Sports Writers’ Class AAAAAAA second team squad after rushing for 981 yards and 12 touchdowns. Brown has signed a scholarship to play college baseball at Georgia Tech.

Cutline 2: East Coweta senior linebacker Jeremiah Gemmel was named to the Georgia Sports’ Writers Class AAAAAAA Second Team after leading his team to an 8-3 record. Gemmel finished his final season of high school football with 101 tackles, 13 for loss and four sacks.

Cutline 3: Northgate senior linebacker Campsen Burley helped lead the Vikings to the playoffs with a 9-3 record and a trip to the second round of the Class AAAAAA playoffs. He had 114 tackles, including five for a loss. He also had two quarterback hurries and one sack.