There were 14 players from the county that made Georgia Sports Writers Association all-state football teams.

Douglas County had the most with seven players to make  the Class AAAAAA all-state, including three on the first team. Alexander had four players to make all-state with two receiving first team honors.

Chapel Hill had two to make all-state and Lithia Springs had one, which was named to the first team.

Making the all-state first team from Douglas County was defensive linemen Mataio Soli, a junior, senior linebacker Braelen Oliver and sophomore punter Huerte Diego.

Tigers senior offensive lineman Lawrence Lagrone and senior running back Uriah West were picked for the second team while senior offensive lineman Deondre Harvey made honorable mention. Freshman Jonathan Jefferson made the honorable mention.

Alexander was represented on the Class AAAAAA first team by senior defensive back Aaron Casey and sophomore Jalen Morgan, who was listed as the return specialist.

Making the honorable mention from Alexander was senior quarterback Mason Wood and senior kicker Evan Nabors.

Lithia Springs lone representative on the Class AAAAA team was senior linebacker Marzavion Dix.

Chapel Hill junior T.J. Shelton made second-team on the Class AAAA list while his brother, senior wide receiver Tyre Shelton, was honorable mention.

The all-state team was voted on by sports writers throughout the state.

Cartersville record-setting quarterback Trevor Lawrence was named the All-Classification Player of the Year by the GSWA.

Oliver, who has signed with Minnesota, was named the Douglas County Sentinel and the Region 5-AAAAAA Player of the Year. He finished the season with 164 tackles, including 14 tackles for loss with five sacks. The senior also had five interceptions, six pass deflections and one forced fumbles. He had two defensive touchdowns and a special teams score. He had 567 yards of offense with five touchdowns.

Tigers went 10-2 and finished as Region 5-AAAAAA runner-up and advanced to the second round of the playoffs. Douglas County was ranked No. 9 in the final GSWA poll, which is the first time since 2005 that they have been ranked in the final polls.

Soli was named the Sentinel’s defensive player of the year after finishing with 77 tackles, including 49 solo tackles. Also had 20 tackles for losses and 18 sacks with seven quarterback hurries. Had an interception for a touchdown and a fumble recovery and two caused fumbles. He missed two games this season because of injuries.

Wood was named the Sentinel’s top offensive players after leading the Cougars to a 6-5 finish and a first round state playoff berth. He completed completed 60 percent of his passes for 2,283 yards and 20 touchdowns with only five interceptions. He ran for 345 yards and eight touchdowns on 86 carries.

West led the region in rushing with 1,496 yards and 13 touchdowns on 162 carries.

Dix was the only other county player to make a first team. The senior outside linebacker had 110 tackles, including 21 tackles for loss and five forced fumbles. He also made the all-region first team.

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