Giles Runs Away

Loganville running back Darryl Giles (22) eludes Clarke Central's Zay Brown (6) during the teams' regular season-ending game Friday, Nov. 6, 2013, in Athens.

For the second straight year, Loganville’s Darryl Giles ended the regular season as the Walton County rushing champ.

That he did it while splitting the rushing load with a fellow running back and sharing yards with a potent passing attack made the feat most remarkable.

The balanced offensive attack was one of the main reasons the Red Devils were able to snap a four-year postseason drought.

“It’s great to be two-dimensional if you can,” said Loganville head coach Mike Humphreys. “It keeps the other team from being able to focus on one thing.”

Giles rushed for 1,232 yards on 155 carries and scored 14 touchdowns, leaving him just shy of 3,000 yards for his career.

Giles backfield mate Evan French was fifth in the county in rushing with 125 carries for 755 yards and four TDs.

Red Devils quarterback Cameron Perkins-McLeod was the county’s leading passer with 1,216 yards.

Giles was one of three area backs to go over 1,000 yards. Loganville Christian Academy’s John Heart led his team to an unbeaten regular season with 1,197 yards and 17 touchdowns. Monroe Area senior C.J. Winding, despite missing several games with an injury, ran for 1,061 yards and 10 touchdowns.

In addition to Loganville’s Perkins-McLeod, two other quarterbacks passed for over 1,000 yards. LCA’s Donovan Taitt had 1,160 yards through the air and Social Circle’s Blake Brock passed for 1,111 yards.

Monroe Area wide out Alfred King repeated as the area’s receiving champ with 43 catches for 669 yards and a pair of touchdowns. That was nearly 400 yards and five scores fewer than his junior season.

Social Circle’s Deion Head, in his first varsity football season, had 32 catches for 560 yards and six touchdowns, second in the county.

Defensively, Loganville linebacker Cameron Taube led his team in tackles with 103, considerably shy of his state-leading 148 tackles last fall.

George Walton Academy’s Connor Malcom was a quarterback’s worst nightmare with a county-leading 14 sacks.

Loganville had the county’s strongest pass defense, with three players among the top four in interceptions. Rhett Mixon led the area with five and Richard Fraser and Blake Gwaltney had four each.

David Johnson is a correspondent for The Walton Tribune.

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