POY Watch: Key injuries lead to shake-up in top 10

Lassiter CB/WR Derrik Allen, a four-star recruit who is committed to Notre Dame, makes his debut this week in the GHSF Daily Player of the Year Watch. Also new is the state’s leading passer, Montez Crowe of Troup.

Returning to the POY Watch is Bainbridge RB Dameon Pierce, an AJC Super 11 pick.

Three players in last week’s POY Watch were injured last week and are off the list until their statuses are clearer. They are Taylor County RB Lyn-J Dixon, Marietta QB Harrison Bailey and Colquitt County QB Steven Krajewski. Bailey, who is expected to miss a few games, threw for a school-record 465 yards in a 24-20 victory over Pebblebrook. The others were taken out of the game but not expected to miss games.

The POY Watch is designed to be a fun look at some of the best players. Players naturally will drift in and out, and that should not be taken as a critique of their season. It is an honor to appear in the POW Watch even for a single week.

1. QB Trevor Lawrence, Cartersville: Lawrence was 17-of-24 passing for 281 yards and two touchdowns in a 38-5 victory over Westlake. For the season, the Clemson commit is 60-of-86 for 1,208 yards and 13 touchdowns with one interception. He is the reigning all-class POY. Lawrence needs 1,269 yards and 27 touchdown passes to break the Georgia career records of 13,077 and 159 held by Deshaun Watson. Cartersville is ranked No. 1 in Class AAAA.

2. QB Michael Barrett, Lowndes: Barrett’s game last week with Shiloh was postponed to Sept. 22. For the season, Barrett is 18-of-28 passing for 299 yards and four touchdowns without an interception. He has rushed for 209 yards and three touchdowns. He has limited playing time in the second half because of running clocks. In 2016, Barrett passed for 2,753 yards and rushed for 1,170. Barrett has offers from Georgia Tech, LSU, Michigan and Tennessee, among others. Lowndes is ranked No. 3 in AAAAAAA.

3. DL Adam Anderson, Rome: Anderson had five tackles, four tackles for losses and two sacks in a 54-33 victory over Kell. For the season, Anderson has 18 tackles, seven tackles for losses, five sacks, eight assists, two batted-down balls and one forced fumble. He is the consensus No. 2 OLB prospect nationally. Rome is ranked No. 1 in Class AAAAA.

4. QB Justin Fields, Harrison: Fields’ team did not play last week. On the season, Fields is 39-of-62 passing for 553 yards, seven touchdowns and one interception. He has rushed for 434 yards and seven touchdowns on 52 carries but lost three fumbles. Fields is the consensus No. 1 recruit in the country.

5. QB Bailey Fisher, Rabun County: Fisher was 17-of-25 passing for 362 yards and three touchdowns in a 49-26 victory over White County. Fisher also scored three touchdowns. For the season, Fisher is 37-of-54 passing for 730 yards and seven touchdowns. He has rushed for 267 yards and seven touchdowns. Fisher passed for 2,671 yards and rushed for 1,001 last season. Fisher has two Division II offers. Rabun County is ranked No. 4 in Class AA.

6. QB Mark Wright, Carrollton: Wright’s team did not play last week. In two games, Wright is 37-of-45 passing for 631 yards and eight touchdowns. He has not taken a sack nor thrown an interception. Wright has reported offers from Army and Air Force. Carrollton is 2-0 and ranked No. 4 in Class AAAAA.

7. RB Dameon Pierce, Bainbridge: Pierce rushed for 211 yards and four touchdowns on 21 carries in a 49-21 victory over Cairo. In three games, Pierce has rushed for 698 yards (232.7 per game) and 10 touchdowns on 76 carries. Pierce has rushed for 5,352 yards and scored 72 touchdowns in his career. A top-200 national recruit, Pierce is committed to Florida.

8. DB/WR Derrik Allen, Lassiter:Allen’s team did not play last week. Allen has a team-leading 22 solo tackles and two interceptions. He has five receptions for 51 yards and two touchdowns. Allen is a top-75 national prospect who is committed to Notre Dame.

9. QB Montez Crowe, Troup: Crowe was 18-of-27 passing for 429 yards and five touchdowns in a 62-10 victory over Lamar County. For the season, Crowe has thrown for 1,316 yards and 11 touchdowns and completed 68 of 99 attempts. Crowe has offers from Morgan State and Navy. Troup, unranked, is 4-0 for the first time since 2005.

10. RB Chauncey Williams, Meadowcreek: Williams rushed for 182 yards and two touchdowns on 23 carries in a 29-27 victory over Forsyth Central. In three games, he has rushed for 720 yards on 73 carries and has three catches for 83 yards. He has scored 11 touchdowns. Meadowcreek is 3-0 for the first time in school history.

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