M.L. King senior receiver Demarco Robinson leads a group of 21 DeKalb County players selected to the first team of the Region 2-AAAAA All Region team.
Robinson was named the region’s offensive player of the year. He set the state record for single-season receiving yards with 1,674 yards on 73 catches. His 27 receiving touchdowns in a season is a DeKalb County record.
The team is chosen by the region coaches, who also selected the M.L. King Lions’ Mike Carson as 2-AAAAA Coach of the Year.
“It’s pretty cool; we would have rather been state champions, but we’re OK with it,” Carson said of the awards. “It’s a result of the work the kids and the coaches have put in, not just during the season but all the way back to when we got here.”
M.L. King players on the first team offense are Robinson, junior quarterback Jonquel Dawson, senior offensive lineman Wesley Bray, junior receiver Blake Tibbs and senior receiver Kevin Byard. M.L. King players on the first team defense are senior linemen Jared Johnson and Malik Nelson, senior linebacker Patrick Callaway, junior cornerback Alan Carson and Byard, a senior safety.
Stephenson placed four players on the first-team offense—junior running back Mike Davis, senior running back Willie Davis, senior lineman Tarik Cook and senior placekicker Colin Anderson. Five Stephenson players were named to the first-team defense—junior lineman Jarontay Jones, senior linebackers Jordan Mincy, Jeremy Sheppard and Reggis Ball, and senior safety Kadetrix Marcus.
Dawson passed for 3,611 yards, with 41 touchdowns and six interceptions. The Jaguars had two of the top running backs in the county. Mike Davis gained 1,151 yards with 10 touchdowns while Willie Davis had 1,123 yards with 15 touchdowns.
Defensively, Callaway led the county with 171 tackles and Jones was second in the county with 13 quarterback sacks.
“This says a lot about the work they put in to become better student-athletes,” Carson said.