The Newnan Times-Herald


Area football players make GISA All-Region, All-State teams

  • By Jeff Armstrong
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  • Dec. 06, 2017 - 9:43 PM

The 2017 GISA All-State and All-Region Football Teams were recently revealed, and 15 players from The Heritage School and Trinity Christian School made the Class AAA All-Region Team.

Five of those 15 also made the AAA All-State Team.

The Heritage players to make this year’s All-Region Team were junior wide receiver/safety Wright Arnall, sophomore defensive lineman Vinny Carnazzo, junior offensive lineman Thomas Crymes, junior defensive back Patrick Griffies, junior center Hayes Johnston, sophomore wide receiver/safety Brandon Scruggs and senior running back/linebacker Anthony Williams.

Williams was the lone Heritage player to make the All-State Team.

Trinity Christian players who made the All-Region team were senior linebacker/fullback Sam Cotton, senior linebacker/fullback Caleb Dallas, junior linebacker Cameron Hellgeth, junior free safety Zach Jones, junior wide receiver Kyle Riesselmann, senior offensive lineman Marc Robbins, junior

quarterback Zach Seymour and senior running back Luke Vermilya.

Trinity’s Cotton, Dallas, Jones and Seymour also made the All-State Team.

Heritage finished the 2017 season with a 7-4 record, advancing to the GISA Elite Eight before falling to Frederica Academy. The Hawks won their first two games of the season before losing their next two to fall to 2-2. Heritage then went on a four-game winning streak before losing the region title game to county rival Trinity Christian on Oct. 20, finishing the regular season at 6-3.

The Hawks defeated Augusta Prep 42-24 in the first round of the state playoffs before the loss to Frederica.

The greatest football season in Trinity’s history didn’t end the way the Lions had hoped, but it was a special year nonetheless. Trinity lost its first two games, then kept winning all the way the GISA state championship game to finish the season 11-3.

The Lions defeated county and region rival Heritage 48-6 to win its first-ever region championship, then shut out Westfield and Southland in their first two playoff games to reach the state Final Four. They had to travel to Eatonton to face a strong Gatewood team in the Final Four, but the Lions prevailed 38-21 on the road before the painful loss to Valwood School in the state title game in Macon.