Stars from the Dome

Kevin Minter shined in defeat

Every year the playoffs in the Georgia Dome gives the best players on the best teams a chance to shine on a big stage. While this year, the number of teams in the Dome was cut in half, there was still plenty of talent to go around. Scout.com Highlights several of those players.

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A -  Wesleyan defeats Emanuel County Institute
MVP - Kyle Karempelis, sophomore, Wesleyan

Of the five state championship games, Single A may have been the easiest to pick the game's MVP. Sophomore running back Kyle Karempelis for Wesleyan accounted for 189 all-purpose yards, three touchdowns and blocked a punt.

#24 RB Kyle Karempelis, 2011


Emanuel County has three players that are committed to the in state schools, and each of the three had solid games in an attempt to defend their 2007 State Championship:

#3 RB Washaun Ealey, Georgia


#65 OL/DL J.C. Lanier, Georgia Tech


#9 ATH Dexter Moody, Georgia


AA Buford Defeats Calhoun
MVP - Cody Getz, senior, Buford


Junior running back Storm Johnson is going to be a big recruit for next year's class, but I don't think I'd get much argument out of Calhoun with this statement: Cody Getz is the best running back at Buford. Getz is undersized by most college standards, but that doesn't help anyone trying to tackle him. 

The state of California has an "open" classification where the two best teams in the state get invited to play regardless of classification. I'd sure like to see Buford against Camden, Tucker, or Cairo. I'm not sure anyone could beat Camden this year, but the second best team in the state might be in AA.

Buford and Calhoun have several players that are being recruited and several more that will be. Here is a look at some of their star players from the championship game.

Buford:

#27 RB Cody Getz, 2009


#22 FB Jessel Curry, 2010


#77 OT Duvon Milsap, 2010


#5 RB Storm Johnson, 2010


Calhoun

Long known as a state that produces running backs and linebackers, Georgia is loaded with receivers for the Class of 2010, and Da' Rick Rogers is one of those players that lends to the tremendous depth in the state. 

#21 WR Da' Rick Rogers, 2010



AAA Cairo Defeats Flowery Branch
MVP Angelo Pease, senior, Cairo

Cairo returned a veteran team that fought tooth and nail in a defeat to Carver-Columbus in 2007. This year, led by senior quarterback Angelo Pease, the Cairo won the crown in AAA.

There seems to be a theme here of undersized playmakers leading their teams to State Championships. Pease certainly fits the bill. An easy choice for MVP, Pease orchestrated the Cairo offense, and pitched in the game clinching interception on defense as well.

Here's a look at some of the top players from both teams.

Cairo

#17 QB Angelo Pease, 2009


#72 DT Montavious Williams, 2009, Troy


#20 RB Reginald Bryant, 2009


Flowery Branch

#44 DE Izaan Cross, 2009


#27 FB/DE Daniel Drummond, 2009, Georgia Tech


#74 DT Tevin Keith, 2009


#18 WR Rodriquez Frazier, 2010


#14 QB Connor Shaw, 2010



AAAA Tucker defeats Marist
MVP Jonathan Davis, senior, Tucker

Did I mention there seems to be a theme with undersized playmakers? Linebacker/Running Back Jonathan Davis, may lack height, but he's anything but undersized. Tipping the scales at over 200 pounds on a 5-8 frame, Davis is a greased bowling ball on both sides of the ball. He's arguably been the top player in the state for three consecutive years, and he and his Tucker teammates have their first State Championship.

Davis and Drayton Calhoun will be moving to college next year, leaving Devin Scott as a feature back for the 2009 version of the Tigers.

Tucker

#1 RB/LB Jonathan Davis, 2009,South Carolina


#23 RB Drayton Calhoun, 2009,LSU


#5 ATH Devin Scott, 2010


Marist

I didn't intentionally leave Marist off of the list, it's just a tribute to Alan Chadwick and his staff that they reached another State Championship game without a fistful of blue chip prospects. The War Eagles play a smart, disciplined brand of football that doesn't always have the best athletes, just one of the best teams in the state year in and year out.


AAAAA Camden County defeats Peachtree Ridge
MVP Tykiethdric Booth, senior, Camden County


If Class A had the easiest pick for MVP, the largest classification by far was the hardest. It seems fitting to name the entire Camden County defense as MVP of the game with the way they swarm to the ball as a unit. However, in keeping with the theme of naming an MVP, I chose senior linebacker Tykiethdric Booth, who had a solid game throughout and a key interception late in the game.

Camden County

#5 WR DeAngelo Smith, 2009, South Carolina


>#30 Tykiethdric Booth, 2009


#33 DE , 2009

#32 RB
Ean Days, 2010


#15 RB Aundre' Johnson, 2010



Peachtree Ridge

A question I get every year about the games in the dome is "if you could take one player, who would it be?" For the Dome games of 2008, I'd have to say it would be Peachtree Ridge and LSU Commitment Kevin Minter. Minter was everywhere on defense for the Lions. He's got size, speed, instincts "want-to", everything Scouts look for in a linebacker. If he continues to play on the next level the way he played his senior season, he'll be a star for the Tigers of LSU.

#7 LB Kevin Minter, 2009, LSU


#32 RB Ronnie Smith, 2009


It was another terrific year of football in the state of Georgia, with the finale being under one roof for the first time in history. I'd be lying if I said that I prefer five games to 10 games in the Georgia Dome, but I'm just being greedy.

There are dozens of players that participated in the State Finals that will have a chance to play on the next level, and as always, Scout will be on the lookout for the next group of stars to make the Dome their home in 2009.

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