Halftime is when elite teams make adjustments so that things run smoothly in the second half. It’s no different for us at ESPNHS. Nearing the midpoint of the football season, we’re calling an audible on the All-State Stock Watch. We’re breaking things down to two categories: Doin’ Work and Falling Back. Doin’ Work will highlight an All-State player and a team featuring an All-State player that is performing at an elite level, while Falling Back will examine a team we identified as a contender at one time in our local rankings but hasn’t lived up to expectations.
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Kenyan Drake, Hillgrove, RB
We knew we wouldn’t be able to keep this beast off the Stock Watch for long. Not when Drake is taking up permanent residence in the end zone and racking up 100-yard games quicker than Weezy and Drake drop No. 1 singles. The Alabama commit is teaching fans how to love Hillgrove football, rushing for more than 700 yards and averaging an insane 11.8 yards per carry. Drake has scored 13 touchdowns to power the Hawks to No. 10 in the POWERADE Georgia Football Rankings.
Jordan Jenkins and Harris County
Jenkins wasn’t about to let the Tigers fall below .500 after consecutive losses to Griffin and Whitewater. The senior lineman recorded back-to-back two-sack efforts as Harris County earned victories over Fayette County and McIntosh. With Jenkins and DB Rodquez Harris leading the way, the Tigers have limited opponents to 67 points during their 4-2 start. RB Tevon Moore, who broke a long scoring run against McIntosh, has helped ignite the team’s offense.
We showed Valdosta a lot of love last week moving them to the No. 5 spot in the local rankings, but the Wildcats could be looking at consecutive losses with a tough Lowndes team coming to town on Friday night. The Wildcats may have got caught looking ahead against MLK last week, as the offense had no punch in scoring a mere three points and managing a paltry 19 yards in the second half.
David Auguste is an associate editor for ESPNHS and ESPNHIGHSCHOOL.com. Follow him on Twitter @ESPNHSAuguste or email him at David.Auguste@espn.com.