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Three Football Players Earn All-State Honors

MACON, Ga. – The Georgia Sportswriters Association recently selected its All-State Football Team with three Vikings earning spots on the squad for the 2013 season.

“All of us as coaches and players are proud of Will (Black), Caleb (Samuel) and O’Showen (Williams),” head coach Greg Moore said. “I’m thrilled to see them acknowledged on a statewide level for the roles each played in the successes of our team. We all share in a great award like this.”

Senior linebacker Will Black (6’1, 195 lb.) picked up first-team honors on the defensive team.

Black was a force throughout the entire season for the Red & Black, racking up 79 solo tackles and assisting on 78 for a total of 157 in 11 games played. On average, the senior accounted for 14.3 tackles per contest.

“What Will has achieved over his career is really impressive,” Moore said. “He possesses all the qualities that a great linebacker should possess and our team will miss his presence more than words can say. It’s been an honor to coach him and share in his growth as a player and a person.”

Samuel (6’6, 265 lb.), a member of the offensive second-team, added much needed size to the FPD offensive line in protecting sophomore quarterback Will McCormick.

The future University of North Carolina Tarheel helped the Viking offense average just over 317 yards per game.

“I’m really happy for Caleb,” Moore said. “He is such a good teammate and his desire to learn and improve at the game of football has been great to see. He was a big part of our success throughout the year and we’re all going to hear a whole lot more about Caleb in the years to come.”

Williams (5’10, 155 lb.), an honorable mention selection, dazzled fans all season long at the wide receiver position. The fleet-footed sophomore averaged 62 reception yards per game and brought in five receiving touchdowns on the season.

“I think we’re all excited to see O’Showen’s development over the next couple of years. What an accomplishment to receive this recognition as a sophomore. I think it speaks volumes about his play making ability. He’s a special player and his ability to impact a game will only get better.”

For a complete list of the Georgia Sportswriters Association All-State Football Team, click HERE.

The Vikings (6-5, 5-2 Reg. 7A) advanced to the GHSA Class-A State Playoffs for a third consecutive season.

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