Neto Okpala

Loganville’s Neto Okpala gets a sack on Johnson-Gainesville’s quarterback during a contest on Oct. 9, 2020.

With the completion of the 2020 football season, coaches in various regions have met to determine their respective All-Region teams.

Loganville and Walnut Grove were well represented when the Region 8-AAAAA All-Region team was released. A total of 14 football players between the two Walton County schools were voted by other coaches in the region to the All-Region team with another 12 earning honorable mention.

Leading the way was Red Devils defensive end Neto Okpala, who was named the Region 8-AAAAA Co-Defensive Player of the Year. Joining Okpala is Jackson County’s Andrew King, named co-defensive Player of the Year; Greenbrier’s Brooks Pangle, who was named offensive Player of the Year; Greenbrier’s Beau Shugarts, who was name 2-way Player of the Year, and Clarke Central’s Nono Mack who was named the overall region Player of the Year.

First team selections from Loganville include wide receiver Austin May, defensive back Cooper Kennedy and Linebacker Brandon Thorton.

First team selections from Walnut Grove include offensive lineman CJ Hann, defensive lineman Kyle Smith and specialist Austin Coleman.

Second-team selections for Loganville include, offensive lineman Chase Ransom, offensive lineman Micah Cordle, running back Avery Hamilton, quarterback Tanner Greene and wide receiver Michael Mason.

Second-team selections for Walnut Grove include, running back Chad Walden, defensive back Colby Yancey and linebacker Dylan Nunn.

Honorable mention selections for Loganville were cornerback Eric Jones, center TJ Jackson, defensive tackle Dozie Okapla, running back Solomon Leslie, cornerback Mason Lawson and wide receiver Jackson Daniel.

Honorable mention selections for Walnut Grove were offensive lineman Dallas Dimsdale, wide receiver Kolton Goodbar, linebacker Chris Mull, running back DD Brown, defensive lineman Justin Pressley and offensive lineman Nick Landrum.

Walnut Grove finished the year with a 3-7 overall record and 2-5 record in Region 8-AAAAA.

Loganville finished the year with a 5-6 overall record and 4-3 record in region play. The Red Devils traveled St. Pius X in the first round of the Class AAAAA state playoff, where they fell 31-6.

Brett Fowler is the sports editor of The Walton Tribune. He is a 2016 graduate of the University of North Georgia and a 2010 graduate of Monroe Area High School. Brett has been covering Walton County sports since 2011.

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