Bearcats see top honors on AJC All-State list

Published 2:51 pm Friday, December 28, 2018

The honors just keep rolling in.

With Bainbridge’s 2018 state championship title comes even more recognition for the players and coaches who made it possible.

Jeff Littleton was named the Class AAAAA Coach of the Year, Roman Harrison was named the Class AAAAA Defensive Player of the Year and Randy Fillingame received honorable mention by the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on Thursday.

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Littleton, who began his tenure with Bainbridge in 2013, received the Atlanta Falcons Class AAAAA Coach of the Year award in 2015 after the Bearcats pulled off a history-making 13-1 season.

Littleton’s Bearcats made even bigger history this season as the 5-5 team picked off five Top 10 teams in the playoffs on the way to Bainbridge’s first state title since 1982.

Littleton has also seen state championship success as a defensive coordinator on Cairo’s staff during the Syrupmakers’ 2008 title run and as a player for Worth County in 1987.

Harrison was also named on the Class AAAAA All-State Defense as a defensive lineman. The 3-star prospect signed with Tennessee last Wednesday.

Harrison had 97 tackles, 32 tackles for loss and 9 sacks on the year. He blocked what could have been the game-winning field goal with 6 seconds left on the clock against Warner Robins in the state title. Wednesday, he signed his letter of intent to play for Tennessee.

Fillingame, a captain throughout the Bearcats 2018 state championship season and a voice of leadership on the team, has produced in huge ways for Bainbridge. He had 123 tackles, 31 tackles for a loss and forced four fumbles and an interception this season.

Fillingame’s aggressive defensive playing has helped swing momentum in favor of Bainbridge in multiple games this season.