Webber to play in all-star bowl
Nine Gilmer Bobcat football players received all-region honors after the regions coaches’ votes were tallied last week.
GHS’ first-team selections included fullback Tyler Bertolini, receiver Connor Webber, tight end Austin Cole, defensive lineman Garrett Ralston and defensive backs Colt Henderson and Cameron Kephart.
Landing on the second team were record-setting quarterback Marlen Hensley and offensive lineman Luke Davenport. Linebacker Jason Dover earned an honorable mention.
Bertolini was Gilmer’s leading ground gainer this season with 841 yards. He averaged 4.7 yards per carry and scored 10 touchdowns. Webber and Cole gave Hensley two potent passing targets and Webber finished the season with 36 receptions for 682 yards and seven touchdowns.
Out of Cole’s 12 receptions this season, eight were touchdowns, which tied a school record. He finished the season with 387 yards and averaged over 32 yards per catch.
Ralston anchored the middle of Gilmer’s defensive line and tallied 30 tackles, three sacks and one interception this season.
Kephart and Henderson made plays for the Bobcats against the run and pass. Kephart tallied 60 tackles and three interceptions while Henderson racked up 58 tackles and one interception.
Hensley capped his senior season by setting GHS seasonal records for passing yards (1,619) and touchdown passes (21). Hensley completed 81-of-119 (68 percent) passes and threw just three interceptions. He also tied GHS’ single-game record for touchdown passes with four, which he achieved twice.
Luke Davenport was the Bobcats most consistent offensive lineman and he led the team with an average weekly performance grade of 82.7.
Dover rounded out Gilmer’s selections and made 86 total tackles from his linebacker position. He also earned two quarterback sacks.
“It’s nice to see our guys rewarded for the hard work they put in this year, GHS Head Coach Wes Tankersley said. “Luke is obviously a big one. That was probably the one for me that I got the most pleasure out of, but I’m happy for all of our guys. I think it shows what the region’s coaches think about our kids and the progress we’ve made as a program over the last three or four years. We have two (all-region) guys who will be back next year and hopefully we can get some more recognized.”
Webber headed to the dome
Gilmer’s postseason accolades continued to pour in as Webber was selected to play in the North Georgia-Central Georgia Senior All-Star Bowl.
In addition to his 36 catches, 682 yards receiving and seven touchdowns offensively, Webber was a standout defensive player as well. He led GHS with five interceptions and made 49 total tackles.
In Gilmer’s must-win week 10 game versus Northwest, he had two pass break-ups, an interception, a forced fumble and a fumble recovery. Offensively he caught five passes for 86 yards.