High School Football
Northgate well represented on 4B-AAAAA team
Northgate may have finished with a 4-6 record in 2013 and missed out on the playoffs for the first time in three years, but the Vikings football team is still well represented when this year’s Region 4B-AAAAA football team was recently announced.
Northgate was the only program in the GHSA whose schedule included two eventual GHSA state champions in Griffin (Class AAAA) and Creekside (AAAAA).
“I know we finished 4-6, but you look back and that record may not have been half bad,” joked Vikings head coach Tommy Walburn earlier this week while preparing for Saturday’s D.L. Scott Coalition Bowl.
The game will feature Northgate senior linebacker Ryan Fagerstrom, who was one of three Vikings earning First Team honors with senior linemen Aaron Carr on offense and Rashad Menefee on defense.
Fagerstrom led Northgate with 140 tackles, including 97 solo hits. He also had seven tackles for loss to go with an interception.
Menefee had 47 tackles and tied Fagerstrom for the team-lead in tackles for loss. He also led the Vikings with three caused fumbles.
Northgate also placed five players on this year’s second team, including three on defense.
Senior running backs Benton Washington and T.J. Womack represented the Vikings on the Second Team Offense. Washington led the Vikings with 801 yards rushing and nine touchdowns, while Womack gained 757 yards to go with five touchdowns.
Senior defensive lineman Marquis Jennings (45 tackles), sophomore linebacker James Skalski (112 tackles) and senior safety Torres Johnson (44 tackles) earned Second Team honors on defense, with Johnson missing most of the year with a knee injury.
Honorable mentions from Northgate included running back Kevin Teasley, offensive linemen Dakota Wolfe and Jake Humphries, defensive lineman Nebiyou Maddox and defensive backs Matt Smith, Christian Gaston, and Malik Wade.
Class AAAAAA state champion Creekside dominated the top honors with Olten Downs getting named Region 4B-AAAAA Coach of the Year after leading the Seminoles to an undefeated 15-0 record.
Running back Dexter Knox was Player of the Year.
McIntosh quarterback Andrew Johnson was Offensive Player of the Year and Creekside’s Chris Collins was Defensive Player of the Year.
All Region 4B-AAAAA Football Team
Coach of the Year: Olten Downs, Creekside
Player of the Year: RB Dexter Knox, Creekside, Sr.
Offensive Player of the Year: QB Andrew Johnson, McIntosh, Sr.
Defensive Player of the Year: LB Chris Collins, Creekside, Sr.
First Team Offense:
QB Andrew Johnson, Mcintosh, Sr.
RB Dexter Knox, Creekside, Sr.
RB John Smith, Starr’s Mill, Sr.
RB Christian Wofford, Whitewater, Jr.
OL Dylan Crozier, Whitewater, Sr.
OL Marquell Harrel, Creekside, Jr.
OL Jason Akins, Starr’s Mill, Sr.
OL Travis Bertke, McIntosh, Sr.
OL Aaron Carr, Northgate, Sr.
WR Jayson Stanley, Creekside, Jr.
WR Trey Walters, McIntosh, Sr.
WR Darvin Williams, Creekside, Sr.
ATH Jay Ashley, Whitewater, Jr.
P Charlie Goedtke, McIntosh, Sr.
First Team Defense
DL Lawrence Curtis, Creekside, Sr.
DL Rashad Menefee, Northgate, Sr.
DL Matt Ogle, Whitewater, Sr.
DL Jim O’Neill, McIntosh, Sr.
LB Chris Collins, Creekside, Sr.
LB Elliott Berry, Creekside, Sr.
LB Ryan Fagerstrom, Northgate, Sr.
LB Cotton Clemons, Whitewater, Sr.
DB Evan Berry, Creekside, Sr.
DB Quantrez Sparkman, Creekside, Sr.
DB Kyle Dugger, Whitewater, Sr.
DB Cameron Jackson, Creekside, Sr.
ATH Russell Welch, Whitewater, Jr.
K Nick Alvey, McIntosh, Sr.
Second Team Offense
QB Felix Harper, Creekside, So.
RB Benton Washington, Northgate, Sr.
RB Bricen Terry, Creekside, Jr.
RB T.J. Womack, Northgate, Sr.
OL Jack Steinwedel, McIntosh, Sr.
OL Robbie Stephenson, Creekside, Sr.
OL Alex Neal, Whitewater, Sr.
OL Venzell Boulware, Creekside, Jr.
OL Freddy Botet, McIntosh, Sr.
WR Duke Kinamon, McIntosh, Jr.
WR Josh Alexander, Whitewater, Jr.
WR Joseph Perkinson, Creekside, Jr.
ATH Victor Nguyen, McIntosh, Sr.
P Brandon Oot, Starr’s Mill, Jr.
DL Alex Johnson, Creekside, Jr.
DL Keenan Ward, Creekside, Sr.
DL Luke Ossanna, Starr’s Mill, Sr.
DL Marquis Jennings, Northgate, Sr.
LB Patrick Trianna, McIntosh, Jr.
LB James Skalski, Northgate, So.
LB Kyle Brown, Whitewater, Jr.
LB Joshua Moon, Creekside, Jr.
DB Josh Reynolds, McIntosh, Sr.
DB Gerren Smith, Starr’s Mill, Sr.
DB Torres Johnson, Northgate, Sr.
DB Devonte Wilson, Creekside, Sr.
ATH Mitchell Ray, Starr’s Mill, Sr.
K Francisco Alejandre, Creekside, So.
Offense — QB: Kevin Mosley, Sr, Starr’s Mill, RB: Kevin Teasley, Jr, Northgate; OL — Jake Humphries, Sr, Northgate, Dakota Wolfe, Sr. Northgate, Corey Gates, Jr, Whitewater, Robert Kimble, Sr, Creekside, Will Nase, Sr, McIntosh, William McKinney, Sr, McIntosh, John Proctor, Sr, Northgate, Sean Ingram, Sr, McIntosh
Defense — DL: Dereck Bertske, Sr, McIntosh, Josh Espinoso, Sr, McIntosh, Reggie McEddy, Jr, Whitewater, Tahaj Perr, Fr, McIntosh, Nebiyou Maddox, Sr, Northgate; LB — Amon Crumpton, Sr, Whitewater, Jake Carney Sr, McIntosh, Garrett Houston, So, Starr’s Mill; DB — Christian Gaston, Northgate; Malik Wade, Jr, Northgate, Justyn Freeman, So, Creekside, Brandon May, Jr, Whitewater.