Jones, Shoates lead postseason GISA football honors
Trinity Christian School and The Heritage School were well represented when the GISA recently announced its postseason football honors following the Class AAA championship game between The Westfield School and Stratford, won by Westfield 34-31 at Mercer University Stadium.
Both Trinity Christian senior quarterback Daniel Shoates and Heritage School junior end Cole Jones earned the Class AAA all-state and Region 2-AAA accolades.
Trinity, which made the GISA playoffs for the first time, finished the season with a 6-5 record, in addition to Shoates, placed four other football players on all-region list, including seniors Conner Owen, J.D. Farlow, Glen Whisby and junior Diego Henriquez.
Heritage, which lost 16 players off last year’s Class AAA state finalists, placed four including Jones, on the All-Region squad. They included seniors Caleb Woodruff and Dalton Trammell and junior Brad Macke.
Stepping into a much larger role in 2012 as a junior playmaker, Jones earned his spot on respective All-State and All- Region teams as a two-way standout. On offense, he led the Hawks with 16 catches for 314 yards and two touchdowns. The 6-foot-4, 190-pounder was just as big on defense with 56 tackles, three sacks and three interceptions.
Shoates earned his postseason honors by going 76 of 152 for 1,045 yards and 12 touchdowns before heading to the Class AAA playoffs. He also rushed for 265 yards and scored six touchdowns on the ground and equally made 21 tackles and four interceptions on defense.
As Trinity’s leading receiver, Whisby equally gave Shoates a weapon in the passing game, finishing with more than a third of his team’s receptions. His regular season totals included 31 catches for 339 yards and five touchdowns. On defense, Whisby made 1 tackles and added two interceptions.
In a year where he was thrust into learning new positions at fullback on offense and linebacker on defense, Owen rushed for 249 yards on 53 attempts and scored three touchdowns. He was also among the Lions’ leading tacklers with 42, including 3 1⁄2 sacks and 9 1⁄2 tackles for loss. Owen also had a team-high three forced fumbles.
Farlow, who battled a knee injury for much of his final varsity season, still managed to provide an impact on both sides of the field. He was second among Trinity rushers with 307 yards, averaging 4.7 per carry and finishing with four touchdowns.
As a defensive lineman, Farlow also added 28 tackles, a sack and six tackles for loss while also forcing a fumble.
Henriquez, who shared a starting job in 2012, showed he was ready to shine in a full-time role at linebacker for the Lions. The junior led the team in most major categories including tackles (86), tackles for loss (10), sacks (6 1⁄2) and quarterback hur- ries (5). He also forced two fumbles and recovered one to go with an interception.
As Heritage School’s leading tack- ler, Trammell was just as important to the Hawks’ success as its starting middle linebacker. In his senior year, Tram- mell posted 73 tackles and three sacks on defense and was also an effective runner in short-yardage situations. Among his 13 carries for 67 yards, three went for touchdowns.
Macke emerged as Heritage’s full-time starter at quarterback in 2013 after filling in admirably a year earlier when former standout Joe Bonner went down with an injury. As a junior, Macke combined for 1,681 yards of total offense and had a hand in 14 touchdowns.
He finished with team-highs of 637 yards rushing and six scores while going 83 of 158 passing with eight touchdowns. Macke also posted a team-high four interceptions on defense to go with his 35 tackles.