Best player in school history: Region 6-AA teams

Jamal Lewis (31, left) of Douglass rushed for a school-record 4,879 career yards and led the Astros to a Region 7-AAAAA title. (Frank Niemeir / AJC File)

Jamal Lewis has a case as the best football player ever to come out of the city of Atlanta. He’s best known for his 2,066 yards rushing during the 2003 NFL season for the Baltimore Ravens. That remains the third-most rushing yards in league history. He also set the NFL’s single-game rushing record, since broken, with a 296-yard effort in 2007 against the Chargers.

At Douglass High from 1994 to 1996, Lewis put Astros football back on the state map while rushing for a school-record 4,879 yards. In 1995, Douglass won Region 7-AAAA, but the runner-up, Southwest DeKalb with QB Quincy Carter, went on to win the state title that year, its only loss to Douglass.

Here are GHSF Daily’s choices for the best players in history from each of the current Region 6-AA schools.

*B.E.S.T. Academy: Deshawn Waller (2014)

*Douglass: Jamal Lewis (1996)

*Hapeville Charter: Arden Key (2014)

*KIPP Atlanta Collegiate: Geronda Hall (2016)

*South Atlanta: Quentin Raston (1996)

*Therrell: Winford Hood (1979)

*Washington: Nick Turner (2001)

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