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Lake Country alumni: Former football stars keep excelling

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Lake Country alumni: Former football stars keep excelling

November 29, 2018 - 11:22
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Catch up on Lake Country's former football players and their contributions in college and the NFL 

Football is king throughout the state of Georgia and that is no different in Lake Country.

Throughout the past few years, several players from the Lake Country area graduated to the collegiate or NFL ranks.

College football’s regular season is just about wrapped up and the pros will be finished within the next several weeks. With that in mind, we at Lake Oconee News wanted to spend a moment recapping the 2018 season for our Lake Country alumni.

Ronald Blair is the only NFL player from Lake Country. Blair, a 2011 graduate of Greene County High School, played at Appalachian State and parlayed his success there into an NFL career.

The San Francisco 49ers selected Blair with a fifth-round pick during the 2016 NFL Draft. That’s where he’s played the last three seasons.

This year, Blair, as of Monday, registered 21 total tackles with 3.5 sacks. Both of those are already career-high totals. The 49ers were 2-9 entering this Sunday’s game at Seattle.

Jonathan Evans, who also graduated from Greene County, posted career highs this season. Evans, a defensive lineman at LaGrange College played in five games during the 2017 season. He recorded one tackle.

This season, however, Evans saw action in eight games. His increased workload resulted in increased production. Evans had three solo tackles and four assisted tackles, giving him seven total. Three of Evans' tackles were for losses.

Another Greene County alumnus, Devin Wynn, broke out this season.

Wynn, a sophomore at Furman, tallied 113 carries during the regular season, which was the most on the team and was a significant increase from his 17-carry load in 2017. Wynn led the Paladins in rushing with 722 yards. He scored six rushing touchdowns.

Furman also used Wynn in the passing game and on special teams. He returned four kicks and caught nine passes for 130 yards receiving and one touchdown. Wynn and the Paladins finished the year 6-4.

Morgan County High School has several of its former students on college rosters.

Trey Chapman, a redshirt sophomore at Georgia State, is the oldest of that group. The former Bulldog played nine games this year with the Panthers, who went 2-10.

Chapman finished the season with one tackle. Although Chapman’s work did not produce many stats, he still saw his role with the team grow. Chapman served as a backup defensive back in 2017 and mostly played on special teams.

M.J. Webb saw the field in the college ranks for the first time this season. The former Morgan defensive lineman signed with South Carolina and graduated in December 2016.

Webb took a redshirt during the 2017 season. Although he did not play, Webb participated on the scout team and earned a defensive scout team award.

This season, Webb played in seven games and recorded one tackle. The talented pass rusher also notched a quarterback hurry.

Last school year, a group of six Bulldogs signed scholarships in a large signing ceremony held in the MCHS auditorium.

Joel Alcarez was one of them. Alcarez, an offensive lineman, participated in two games this year at Berry College. He and the Vikings went 10-2 this year and played into the second round of the Division III playoffs before falling to Mary Hardin-Baylor.

One of the games Alcarez played forced him to cross paths with two former teammates.

Both Brandon Smith and Tre’Mon Moore signed with LaGrange College, which lost to Berry, 34-21, early this season.

Smith played nine games at defensive back and finished the year with 20 total tackles, including 1.5 for loss. He broke up one pass and fielded one kickoff. Moore, also a defensive back, played in eight contests and had 30 tackles, seven of which were for a loss. They and the Panthers finished 3-7.

The Georgia Military College Bulldogs went 5-5 this year and they did so with Trey Patterson helming their offense.

Patterson, who graduated from MCHS this past spring, played eight games and led the team in passing with 828 yards. He tossed five touchdowns and eight interceptions.

One of Patterson’s touchdown throws went to Anthony Cooper, a former standout wide receiver at MCHS. Cooper only caught two passes this year but they totaled 68 yards.

Quin Williams was originally expected to play alongside Patterson and Cooper. Williams wound up at Georgia Southern, though, where he played in two games. Williams did not record any statistics during action but, in September, the team named him a defensive scout team player of the week.

The Eagles went 9-3 and qualified for a bowl game, which will be announced soon.

Congratulations to all of these former Lake Country athletes on their continued success.