JEFFERSON DRAGONS ALL-TIME TOP 150 FOOTBALL PLAYERS

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The TOP 150 Football Players in Jefferson Dragon History

Jefferson High School has had a football team since 1947. There have been approximately 3,000 players on those 70 high school teams during this period of time. This averages out to around 40 players per season that laid it on the line for the ol' school and all Dragon fans. Perhaps the most difficult thing one can attempt is to pick the TOP 150 football Players in the history of Jefferson High school. Why would I make an attempt to do this? For the same reason I started up the cecilbuffington.com Historical Web-Site ~

TO KEEP THE MEMORIES ALIVE.

There will be disagreements on some of my selections and nods of agreement from others on some of the selections. One thing is for certain, there have been some outstanding high school football players to come out of Jefferson High School.

Perhaps you wonder why I feel I could put together a list of the most outstanding Jefferson High School football players. I prefer to ask, who else is better qualified for the task than me?

I attended my first Jefferson football game in 1953 as an 8-year old. I didn't see any of that game as I played football with other kids behind the press box. That game was Commerce-Jefferson.

It was two years later that I finally persuaded my cousin Tom Williamson, who had played on that 1953 team, to take me to another game. It was Commerce-Jefferson in 1955. I watched every play in that game. I became a football fan and have remained a fan to this very day. How many Jefferson fans can say they have seen every Jefferson-Commerce game since 1955? I can! For 26 years I carried the down marker at Jefferson home football games at Memorial stadium. I missed only two home games due to illness during that period, and I also attended probably 95 per cent of the Dragons away games during those 26 years. Even when I was living away from Jefferson,  I always came back to town  for that spectacular Commerce/Jefferson rivalry game, and several more games during the football season. I don't know how many Jefferson games I have seen, but I can say that I have probably seen every Dragon team play three or four games every season since 1955. I have seen every player that has played for Jefferson over the last 60 years.  Many of them from up close on the side-line.

I authored a book, "The Golden Age Of Jefferson Dragons Football" that covered the Jefferson football program from 1947 through the 1964 season.  This required extensive research that brought me extraordinary insight for the years that I was "too young" to attend Jefferson Dragons football games.  I later collaborated on a book ~ "We Believe" ~  that featured the 2012 Jefferson Dragons State Championship season and provided a complete history of Jefferson Dragons football. 

Does that make me qualified to select the TOP 150 players in Dragon history? I don't know the answer to that question, but I do know I have a strong opinion as to who I feel are the best players to ever wear the red and blue. I am now publishing that opinion. Every Jefferson player that ever made all-state or all-state honorable mention by the Associated Press ( AP ) or the Atlanta Journal/Constitution are named on this 150 player list.  The rankings are based on high school performance and skill level only, ( not later college or professional success ) contribution of the player to team success, and in many cases, simply my opinion, since I did see all the Jefferson players since 1955.  To see the rankings of Jefferson players that went on to Division-1A football, go to  JEFFERSON DRAGONS LEGENDS and scroll down to "Football Superlatives." 

As for the former  players that failed to make the list, I know how you feel. If someone else were to make a listing, it would probably be very different.  Everyone has their own opinions just as I have mine. I would have been thrilled to see my name on the list, but I can realistically say I was not in the league as a player with the guys named on the top 150 player list. I realize everyone will not look at this in the same light as I do. Of course there are players that are not on the list that were as good as some players who are on the list, but I do think I managed to pull out the cream of the crop.  The very best of the best!

Keeping the memories alive ~ That's what it's all about . . . Here's hoping these Jefferson High School football players will always be remembered for carrying the Dragon banner with pride on the football field. I have said it before and I'll say it again . . . Once you put on that red and blue and become a Jefferson Dragon, you are always a Jefferson Dragon.

Cecil Buffington

 

THE TOP 150 JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF ALL TIME BY CECIL BUFFINGTON THROUGH THE 2016 SEASON.

 

1.

Bryant Shirreffs

QB

2012

2.

Jeff Davis      click on name for info

HB

1960

3.

Evan Shirreffs

QB

2014

4.

Dalton Hill

WR

2014

5.

Zach Boobas

DB

2016

6.

T. J . Skelton

WR

2014

7.

Dontae Wilson

DT

2016

8.

Caleb Chandler

OL

2016

9.

Billy Ricks    Click on name for Info

HB

1956

10.

Curtis Segars     Click on name for Info

HB

1950

11.

Webster Samples

T

1954

12.

Gary Duke

HB

1958

13.

Don Cole

HB

1952

14.

Tradd Porter

DB

2014

15.

Alex Bryan

T

1971

16.

Bobby Gooch

HB

1971

17.

Chris Davis

E

2009

18.

Bennie Tompkins

FB

1956

19.

Michael Shields

G

1975

20.

Todd Berry

HB

1978

21.

Wesley Simonton

LB

2012

22.

Ronald Watson

HB

1979

23.

Bob Hix

T

1977

24.

Brandon Mosley

E

2006

25.

Jack Kesler

HB

1969

26.

Kody McDonald

LB

2012

27.

Dennis Law

E

1973

28.

Darius Minor

QB

2010

29.

Lucas Redd

HB

2009

30.

Jonathon Paolozzi

LB

2016

31.

Locke Potts

E

1954

32.

Johnny Spence

HB

1970

33.

Matt Childress

HB

1995

34.

Tristen Jackson

FB

2013

35.

Herbert Wilson

C

1959

36.

Will Kellum

DL

2016

37.

Trent Sorrells

LB

2014

38.

Stephen Bryan

E

1974

39.

Rodney Wages

T

1971

40.

Sammy Williams

HB

2014

41.

Don Tompkins

FB

1961

42.

Jordan Tyler

C

2014

43.

Rufus Sims

HB

1975

44.

Carson Newman

DE

2011

45.

Patrick Allen

LB

2007

46.

Josh Bohanan

QB

2006

47.

James Hardman

T

1982

48.

Dickie Copas

C

1950

49.

Y. D. Maddox

HB

1955

50.

Charles Hooper

T

1965

51.

Jimmy Lofton

QB

1973

52.

Kevin Crosby

HB

1989

53.

Bobby Potter

QB

1958

54.

Burton Riddle

E

1960

55.

John Kesler

E

1959

56.

Zak Crosby

RB

2009

57.

Dennis Marlow

FB

1978

58.

Eddie Watson

HB

1965

59. 

Norman Botelho

C

1957

60.

Todd Samples

T

1995

61.

Marvin Hall

QB

1953

62.

Cole Stanfill

E

2014

63.

Mark Mason

HB

1976

64.

Damon Gause

G

1960

65.

Charles Anglin

FB

1968

66.

Kory Potts

LB

2004

67.

Eddie Brookshire

QB

1975

68.

Zack Daniels

FB

1981

69.

Tyler Hill

HB

2006

70.

Isiah Blake

HB

2013

71.

Damon West

FB

1963

72.

McKay Dickens

WR

2011

73. 

Daniel Gasaway

HB

1957

74.

Doug Duke Click on Name for Stats

HB

1982

75.

Gus Johnson

E

1954

76.

Virgil Appleby

HB

2008

77.

Earle Tompkins

C

1963

78.

Robert Bailey

HB

1980

79.

Frankie Bray

G

1971

80.

Stephen Sims

HB

1999

81.

Will Puckett

WR

2010

82.

Tab Martin

WR

2004

83.

Jody Pollock

QB

1995

84.

Dennis Beatty

HB

1969

85.

Earl Carithers

FB

1952

86.

Melvin Tolbert

HB

1958

87.

James Pinion

E

1968

88.

Donnie Hatfield

E

2013

89.

Wayne Wages

QB

1954

90.

Tyler Porter

WR

2009

91.

Billy Sailors

QB

1953

92.

Andy Wilkes

E

1974

93.

Chris Keen

WR

1987

94.

Kyle Potts

QB

2001

95.

Zach Allen

LB

2010

96.

Kevin Love

FB

1983

97.

Alex Corbett

C

2015

98.

Morris Bryan III

E

1972

99.

Charles Anglin

G

1957

100.

Brandon Vinson

LB

2003

101.

Phillip Thompson

QB

1981

102.

Donald Marlowe

HB

1954

103.

Tim Corbett

QB

1985

104.

Frank Nichols

C

1959

105.

Mack Rakestraw

LB

2007

106.

Mike Beatty

LB

1968

107.

Gary Porter

QB

1980

108.

Collin Anthony

OL

2012

109.

Chad Sims

QB

1999

110.

Danny Hammonds

HB

1983

111.

Corey Hill

P

2001

112.

Pat Williamson

HB

1968

113.

Paul Ferguson

FB

1948

114.

Freddie Tolbert

QB

1974

115.

Chandler Schlutow

K

2012

116.

Hal Potts

E

1971

117.

Blake Wright

LB

2016

118.

John Davis, Jr.

G

1963

119.

John Beatty

G

1972

120.

Hoke Elrod

E

1953

121.

Chaz Evans

WR

2016

122.

Nick Holman

OL 

2016

123.

Cole Givens

WR

2011

124.

Roger Jackson

G

1962

125.

Hoytes Damons

T

2010

126.

Dewey Johnson

E

1971

127.

Tyler Truelove

FB

1995

128.

Tommy Healan

C

1984

129.

Joey Wright

FB

1981

130.

Andrew Benson

G

1997

131.

Shanga Moon

HB

1997

132.

James Shields

 E

1979 

133.

Eric Wilborn

HB

1999

134.

Jason Hensley

E

1994

135.

Scott Jackson

E

1992

136.

Gary Brooks

E

1963

137.

Larry Benton

HB

1961

138.  

Jeremy smith

FB

2002

139. 

Alex Mason

DB

2016

140.

Marty Standridge   

LB

 1988

141.

Howard Sauls

G

1964

142.

Woodrow Stewart

QB

1955

143.

Raynard Borders

 HB

1980

144.

Drequan Sewell

DB

2011

145.

Thomas Williamson

T

1953

146.

Dwayne Moon

QB

1977

147.

Ed Stancil

FB

1953

148.

Billy Lofton

G

1974

149.

Rick Tatum

T

1973

150.

Rick Conner

FB

1972

 

Bryant Shirreffs Led the 2012 Jefferson Dragons to the Class AA State championship.   Shirreffs was the Class AA Offensive Player Of The Year in Georgia Class AA football.  His selection is easy to understand when you look at his amazing stats for the season.  Shirreffs completed 174 of 267 ( 65.17% ) passes for 2.369 yards and 18 touchdowns.  He had 177 caries for 1,372 yards with 20 rushing touchdowns.  He was responsible for 38 touchdowns by run or pass.  He average 7.8 yards per rush.  Shirreffs is currently playing Division 1 football at Connecticut.

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End Burton Riddle ( 33 ) and twice All-State halfback Jeff Davis ( 27 ) co-captained the 1960 Dragons.  Jeff Davis scored 23 touchdowns during the season and rushed for 1,790 yards.   During his Jefferson career he scored by rushing,  pass-receptions, kick-off, punt and interception returns.  He scored 5 touchdowns in  a game on 2 occasions. He is considered the best all-around football player in Jefferson Dragon history.

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Evan Shirreffs was 164 - for - 236 ( 69.49% ) passing for 2,693 yards and 23 touchdowns during the Dragons 12 - 1 season in their first year in class AAA.

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The Two Jefferson Dragon first team all-state players from 2014.   Tradd Porter - ( # 4 ) Free Safety - 89 tackles,  2 forced fumbles, 4 interceptions and 11 pass breakups.     Dalton Hill - ( # 7 ) Wide receiver -  had 47 receptions for 1,069 yards and 9 touchdowns.  He also had a punting average of 42.0 yards per punt.

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T. J. Skelton ( # 14 ) led the 2014 Dragons in pass receptions with 48 caught for 928 yards and 8 touchdowns.  He stepped in at quarterback in 2013 when Evan Shirreffs went down with an injury and was outstanding as a signal caller.  One of the best all-around players in Jefferson history.

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Benny Tompkins ( # 30 ) was a four-year starter at fullback and line-backer for Coach John Davis in 1956.  He had 856 yards rushing for the season.  He had 116 unassisted tackles in the 1956 season in 10 games.  He was also the teams punter and place-kicker.  Billy Ricks ( # 27 ) scored 19 touchdowns for the Dragons in 1956, scored 114 of the team's 182 points, rushed for  1,523 yards for one of the best Dragon teams of the 50's.  He was also an exceptional defensive cornerback with 73 tackles for the 10 game season. 

Curtis Segars

The 1950 Dragons finished with a 9 - 1 - 1 record.

They scored 333 points while surrendering 126 points. 

Curtis Segars scored 185 points to finish second in the state behind Commerce running back Gene Baird.  Baird had 188 points.

Segars averaged 217 yards per game rushing and pass receiving.

He rushed for 1,881 yards on 198 carries.  This was 9.50 yards per carry.  He had 23 rushing touchdowns, a 92 yard fumble return for a touchdown and a 68 yard punt return for a touchdown.

He scored 28 touchdowns and 15 extra points,  He kicked 5 of these extra points late in the season.

He had 21 pass receptions for 354 yards and 3 touchdowns.

Segars received a grant-in-aid scholarship to Georgia Tech after the 1950 football season.