JEFFERSON DRAGONS ALL-TIME TOP 125 FOOTBALL PLAYERS

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The TOP 125 Football Players in Jefferson Dragon History

Jefferson High School has had a football team since 1947. There have been approximately 2,700 players on those 68 high school teams during this period of time. This averages out to around 39 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 125 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 125 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 125 player list.  The rankings are based on high school performance and skill level, 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 125 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 125 JEFFERSON HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL PLAYERS OF ALL TIME BY CECIL BUFFINGTON THROUGH THE 2015 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.

T. J . Skelton

WR

2014

6.

Billy Ricks    Click on name for Info

HB

1956

7.

Curtis Segars     Click on name for Info

HB

1950

8.

Webster Samples

T

1954

9.

Gary Duke

HB

1958

10.

Don Cole

HB

1952

11.

Tradd Porter

CB

2014

12.

Alex Bryan

T

1971

13.

Bobby Gooch

HB

1971

14.

Chris Davis

E

2009

15.

Bennie Tompkins

FB

1956

16.

Michael Shields

G

1975

17.

Todd Berry

HB

1978

18.

Wesley Simonton

LB

2012

19.

Ronald Watson

HB

1979

20.

Bob Hix

T

1977

21.

Brandon Mosley

E

2006

22.

Jack Kesler

HB

1969

23.

Kody McDonald

LB

2012

24.

Dennis Law

E

1973

25.

Darius Minor

QB

2010

26.

Lucas Redd

HB

2009

27.

Locke Potts

E

1954

28.

Johnny Spence

HB

1970

29.

Matt Childress

HB

1995

30.

Tristen Jackson

FB

2013

31.

Herbert Wilson

C

1959

32.

Trent Sorrells

LB

2014

33.

Stephen Bryan

E

1974

34.

Rodney Wages

T

1971

35.

Sammie Williams

HB

2014

36.

Don Tompkins

FB

1961

37.

Jordan Tyler

C

2014

38.

Rufus Simms

HB

1975

39.

Carson Newman

LB

2011

40.

Patrick Allen

LB

2007

41.

Josh Bohanan

QB

2006

42.

James Hardeman

T

1982

43.

Dickie Copas

C

1950

44.

Y. D. Maddox

HB

1955

45.

Charles Hooper

T

1965

46.

Jimmy Lofton

QB

1973

47.

Kevin Crosby

HB

1989

48.

Bobby Potter

QB

1958

49.

Burton Riddle

E

1960

50.

John Kesler

E

1959

51.

Dennis Marlow

FB

1978

52.

Eddie Watson

HB

1965

53. 

Norman Botelho

C

1957

54.

Todd Samples

T

1995

55.

Marvin Hall

QB

1953

56.

Cole Stanfill

E

2014

57.

Mark Mason

HB

1976

58.

Damon Gause

G

1960

59.

Charles Anglin

FB

1968

60.

Kory Potts

LB

2004

61.

Eddie Brookshire

QB

1975

62.

Zack Daniels

FB

1981

63.

Tyler Hill

HB

2006

64.

Isiah Blake

HB

2013

65.

Damon West

FB

1963

66.

McKay Dickens

WR

2011

67. 

Daniel Gasaway

HB

1957

68.

Doug Duke Click on Name for Stats

HB

1982

69.

Gus Johnson

E

1954

70.

Virgil Appleby

HB

2008

71.

Earle Tompkins

C

1963

72.

Robert Bailey

FB

1980

73.

Frankie Bray

G

1971

74.

Stephen Sims

HB

1999

75.

Will Puckett

WR

2010

76.

Tab Martin

HB

2004

77.

Jody Pollock

QB

1995

78.

Dennis Beatty

HB

1969

79.

Earl Carithers

FB

1952

80.

Melvin Tolbert

HB

1958

81.

James Pinion

E

1968

82.

Donnie Hatfield

E

2013

83.

Wayne Wages

QB

1954

84.

Tyler Porter

WR

2009

85.

Billy Sailors

QB

1953

86.

Andy Wilkes

E

1974

87.

Chris Keen

WR

1987

88.

Kyle Potts

QB

2001

89.

Zach Allen

LB

2010

90.

Kevin Love

FB

1983

91.

Alex Corbett

C

2015

92.

Morris Bryan III

E

1972

93.

Charles Anglin

G

1957

94.

Brandon Vinson

LB

2003

95.

Phillip Thompson

QB

1981

96.

Donald Marlowe

HB

1954

97.

Tim Corbett

QB

1985

98.

Frank Nichols

C

1959

99.

Mack Rakestraw

LB

2007

100.

Mike Beatty

LB

1968

101.

Gary Porter

QB

1980

102.

Gage Lawson

K

2014

103.

Chad Sims

QB

1999

104.

Danny Hammonds

QB

1983

105.

Corey Hill

P

2001

106.

Pat Williamson

HB

1968

107.

Paul Ferguson

FB

1948

108.

Freddie Tolbert

QB

1974

109.

Chandler Schlutow

K

2012

110.

Hal Potts

E

1971

111.

John Davis, Jr.

G

1963

112.

John Beatty

G

1972

113.

Hoke Elrod

E

1953

114.

Billy Lofton

G

1974

115.

Dewey Johnson

E

1971

116.

Tyler Truelove

FB

1995

117.

Tommy Healan

C

1984

118.

Joey Wright

FB

1981

119.

Andrew Benson

G

1997

120.

Shanga Moon

HB

1997

121.

Eric Wilborn

HB

1999

122.

Jason Hensley

E

1994

123.

Scott Jackson

E

1992

124.

Gary Brooks

E

1963

125.

Larry Benton

HB

1961

 

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.