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10 Carrollton High Football Players Sign Letters of Intent to Play in College

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In Sean Calhoun's first year as Head Coach of the Carrollton football program, he took his Trojans to the State quarter-finals and achieved an 11-2 record along the way. His offense averaged 38 ppg while his defense gave up only 17 ppg. The only two losses the Trojans suffered were to the State Champion (Rome) and the State Runner-up (Buford).

Coach Calhoun has done an excellent job adjusting as Head Coach of Carrollton High School. The school and Carrollton community as a whole has really grown fond of him in just his short time here.

Perhaps the most notable tidbit on the team this year, in my opinion, is the fact that they were very young. Numerous freshman and sophomores had starting positions on both sides of the ball while even more held positions on the 2nd team. I should also mention that the 2nd team had quite a bit of playing time this year as Carrollton had plenty of big wins.

Despite being a very young team, 10 Carrollton seniors signed letters of intent today to play football at the next level.

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Payton Chivers

Fort Valley State University

High School Position: Offensive Line

Planned Major: Criminal Justice

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Camryn Reed

Kennesaw State University

High School Position: Offensive Line

Planned Major: Undecided

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Case Cook

University of Missouri

High School Position: Offensive Line

Planned Major: Agriculture Systems Management

Payton, Camryn, and Case were members of arguably the most dominant unit on the Carrollton offense this year, the offensive line. The line paved the way for 2,328 rushing yards and 36 rushing touchdowns. They allowed only 6 sacks in thirteen games and had 3 players rush for over 500 yards. These three guys heavily contributed to Mark Wright's success at the quarterback position.


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Dylan Parham

University of Memphis

High School Position: Tight End, Defensive End

Planned Major: Biology

Dylan Parham has enormous size for his age and will surely contribute immediately to Head Coach Mike Norvell and the Memphis Tigers. His 6'3, 230 pound build made him very hard to bring down when he caught passes. It also allowed him to bully most tackles that attempted blocking him when he lined up on defense. Dylan had 9 catches on the year for 92 yards and one touchdown. In addition, he added 7 tackles in the 12 games he took a defensive snap. Dylan also deserves to be mentioned with the group above as he contributed immensely on the offensive line as well.


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Sam Barge 

Delta State University

High School Position: Kicker, Punter

Planned Major: Flat Operations

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Joe Skinner

University of West Georgia

High School Position: Long-snapper

Planned Major: Early Childhood Education

Sam and Joe have been starting on varsity for two years together now. This year, the duo has a successful 43 snaps (32 punts, 11 field goals) without any fumbles or blocks. I do not have the stats for last year, but it is said that they did not have any fumbles then either. Sam was 8-of-11 this year on field goals. He went 6-of-6 from 20-29 yards, 1-of-2 from 30-39 yards, and 1-of-3 from 40-49 yards. He punted 32 times with an average of 34.4 yards per punt and had 15 punts be downed inside the 20.

To go along with his excellent punting and field goal statistics, Sam had 34 touchbacks on 66 attempts this year while kicking off. These two may have had this special relationship for two years, but they now will both be members of the Gulf South Conference on rival teams. Joe will stay home and attend West Georgia while Sam will head to Delta State. West Georgia will travel to Delta State this year sometime early in the season. Last year, the Wolves defeated the Statesmen 34-24.


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Josh Thomas

Savannah State University

High School Position: Linebacker, Runningback

Planned Major:Video/Audio Engineering

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Lamarae Wolf

University of West Georgia

High School Position: Linebacker

Planned Major: Business

Unfortunately, Josh Thomas was out this past year due to an ACL injury he suffered in the Corky Kell 7 on 7 competition. However, he still was able to receive an offer from Savannah State and looks to be making a good recovery. On the other hand, Lamarae Wolf started at inside linebacker for the Trojans and had 30 tackles (17 solo, 13 assisted). He also had 10.5 tackles for loss and 1.5 sacks. Lamarae paired with Jeremiah Price in the middle of the defense was a very dominant force this year.  West Georgia has had some great players at the position in the past. So, we will see how Lamarae transitions.


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Neisheem Thomas

Savannah State University

High School Position: Defensive Back

Planned Major: Business Management

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Ladamion Hunt 

University of Indiana

High School Position: Defensive Back

Planned Major: Business Management

Neisheem and Ladamion were both very good players for the Trojan secondary this year. Neisheem had 28 tackles (17 solo, 11 assisted) in only 9 games as he struggled with minor injuries. He had an interception and one tackle for loss during the year with 3 pass break ups and 4 passes deflected. Ladamion also had 28 tackles (23 solo, 5 assisted), but played in only 8 games. He had 3 interceptions on the year with 5 break ups and 8 passes deflected. One of the interceptions he took all the way back for a pick-6 and he picked up a fumble and ran it back 52 yards for a score.

The team allowed 1,733 yards passing on the year which comes out to a 133 yards per game. Keep in mind that this was against the #2 rated passer in the state (yards) in week 2 against Riverdale as well as the quarterbacks of the state champions, the state runner ups, and Kell, who lost in the semi-finals. These two players were big time contributors to the secondary despite missing a combined 9 games.


Putting 10 players in college to play football is a huge accomplishment for Sean Calhoun and the Carrollton coaching staff. They should be very proud of themselves for the year they had and the path they have set forth for these young men. 

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I would like to thank Matt Skinner and the Skinner family for helping me out with statistics for this article today and throughout the entire season. 

Here is a little gem (below) I found from one of my galleries from earlier in the year. That is Josh Harris, the long-snapper for the Atlanta Falcons. This picture is from the Kell game where Josh was an honorary captain.  He graduated from Carrollton before going on to win a National Championship at Auburn. Jonathan Jones (not pictured) is also a CHS grad who plays on the Patriots. They are now both gearing up for the Super Bowl to be played this Sunday. Beside Josh is Sam Barge, Case Cook, Lamarae Wolf, and Neisheem Thomas, all of which signed letters of intent today.

I usually don't caption my pictures, but if I feel that one is very necessary for this one....

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"They Don't Call it The City of Dreams For Nothing"

Good luck in the Super Bowl Josh and Jonathan. I think I speak for all of Carrollton when I say we are all pulling for you. 

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