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Bearcats named to All-Region teams

The Bainbridge Bearcats had an amazing football run this season, coming up just short in the Semifinals against the Marist War Eagles. Their hard work and dedication was noticed by the Region 1-4A Selection Committee, who named Jeff Littleton Region 1-4A Coach of The Year, Running Back Rashad Broadnax Region 1-4A MVP, Quarterback Quayde Hawkins Region 1-4A Offensive Player of the Year and Linebacker Tahari Tate Region 1-4A Defensive Player of the Year.

“It’s a great honor for region coaches to vote these guys as MVP, Offensive POY and Defensive POY,” Littleton said. “I’m really proud of them.”

As for Littleton’s own award, he says he is still just Jeff Littleton and the award is truly a credit to the players, assistant coaches, administrators and Touchdown Club.

Beyond these selections, the Bearcats had multiple players on the Region 1-4A team.

Senior Lawson Chandler was chosen for the Region 1-4A 1st Team Offensive Line, while Junior Braxton Johnson was chosen as a wide receiver. Broadnax will serve as Running Back while Hawkins is at Quarterback.

Chandler ended the season as a 6’3, 300 lb. guard, who had 18 knockdowns and is committed to play at Troy.

Johnson finished his junior season with a school record of 52 rec. 898 yards and 12 touchdowns.

Broadnax left an impression on the region selection coaches with his record. He finished his final year with 244 rushes for 1390 yards and 16 touchdowns, including a 95-yard touchdown. He also had 24 rec. for 203 yards and four touchdowns with a personal record of 20-250. He ended with 39 career all-purpose touchdowns, which is the second all-time total at Bainbridge and had a career over 3,100 yards rushed and 31 touchdowns.

Hawkins also left quite the impression. He ended his time as a Bearcat as a three-year starter and Captain, leading the team to 27 wins, including a State title and Region title. He is the all-time BHS passer with a record of 283 attempted passes, with 159 being complete for 2,004 yards and 24 touchdowns. In addition, he had four rushing touchdowns and is now signed to play at Troy with Chandler.

Jackson McCullough was chosen to be on the Region 1-4A 1st team Defensive Line, while Tate will serve as linebacker, along with Sophomore Dontavious Broadnax. Junior Zion Bouie will play Defensive Back and Senior Monteric Robertson will play Defensive AP.

McCullough ended the season with 37 tackles, 26 of which were solo, 4.5 sacks and two hurries.

Tate’s accomplishments on the team led to him being named Defensive POY. He had 102 tackles, 91 of which were solo, 7.5 sacks, 15 hurries, 1 int. and was second in special teams tackles with seven.

Donte ended with 91 tackles, 73 of which were solo and 18 tackles for loss. He had 5.5 sacks, 15 hurries, 1 touchdown and 1 blocked punt.

Bouie finished the year with three interceptions, three touchdowns, 32 tackles, 29 of which were solo and three special team tackles.

Robertson ends with 40 tackles, 39 of which were solo, six passes defensed, one blocked punt and one personal record touchdown.

Several Bearcats were then named to the Region 1-4A 2nd Team Offense, Defense and Specialists Team.
Junior William McCorkle and Sophomore Jeb Logue were named to the offensive line. Senior Ridge Baggett was named as a utility and senior Caleb Lewis was named Wide Receiver.

For second team Defense, Senior Simpson Bowles and Junior Jashon Mitchell were named to the Defensive Line, while senior Courtney Thomas was named Linebacker and Juniors Zaccheaus Chrispen and Trey Bouie were named Defensive Backs.

Only Bearcats made up the specialists 2nd team. They included Freshman Nicholas Tyre as placekicker, Junior Braxton Johnson as punter and Senior Monteric Robertson as return specialist.

All of these athletes will play in a game held later this year with other region ranked athletes.