NORTH FULTON/FORSYTH COUNTY, Ga. — Appen Media continues its Best of the Year awards for sports, including the best athletes, coaches, games and teams from North Fulton and Forsyth County in the 2016-17 high school athletic year.
This week features the top male athletes in no particular order.
Fellowship Christian football
Hardin led Fellowship Christian to its first state championship appearance this season with standout performances on both sides of the ball.
At quarterback, Hardin passed for 1,772 yards with 24 touchdowns and rushed for 752 yards with 14 touchdowns.
On defense, Hardin compiled 66 total tackles and an interception as safety.
Britain went undefeated (58-0) this year as a wrestler, capturing the Class AAAAAA state championship in the 160 lb. weight class. Britain reached the state championship match in all four years at Cambridge and won 201 career matches.
As an outside linebacker, Britain had 53 total tackles this season and holds Cambridge records for most career sacks.
Roswell quarterback Malik Willis led the Hornet’s offense to the Class AAAAAAA state championship game with 2,823 passing yards and 29 touchdowns.
An elusive runner, Willis also rushed for 1,073 yards, averaging 7.4 yards per carry, with 10 rushing touchdowns.
Solomon led the state in points this season and broke his brother, Nathan’s, record for most assists in a season.
Solomon scored 74 goals and had 101 assists to lead the Knights to the Class 6A-7A semifinals. His 175 points were the second most in state history in a season, just 14 points off his brother’s record set in 2013.
Duke-commit O’Connell led the Eagles to their first region championship since 2008 this season with athleticism and sound shooting ability.
O’Connell was named the Region 5-AAAAAAA Player of the Year.
South Forsyth lacrosse
Kane accumulated 60 points this season with 35 goals and 25 assists. He also had 26 ground balls and was stout defensively for the War Eagles as a midfielder.
Blessed Trinity football
Right tackle Jacob Bolton was a critical cog in the wheel of Blessed Trinity’s offense. Bolton’s protection allowed BT to pass for 128 yards per game and rush for 195 yards per game.
Behind an athletic defense, goalkeeper Jack Corrigan had another impressive season in 2017. For the second-straight year, Corrigan was stout in goal and led Hooch to a deep playoff run.
Corrigan and the Cougars captured the Class AAAAAA state championship with 11 shutouts. Corrigan allowed 21 goals in 21 games this year.
Blessed Trinity football/baseball
Colin Davis ended his Blessed Trinity career this year as a standout among a team of outstanding talent with BT baseball.
Davis hit .421 with 61 RBIs with 31 extra base hits, including 10 home runs. He compiled an .819 slugging percentage and led the Titans with 20 stolen bases.
Davis also had a 1.000 fielding percentage with 40 chances. He made four appearances on the mound posting a 1.62 ERA with four strikeouts.
On the football field, Davis made 19 receptions for 358 yards and three touchdowns. He also made 20 tackles and had a fumble recovery as a cornerback.
All-American safety Xavier McKinney led Roswell to its second consecutive state championship appearance this season, leading one of the top defenses in the state.
McKinney had 82 total tackles this season, including eight for a loss. He had seven interceptions, two caused fumbles, two fumble recoveries and a blocked field goal for the Hornets this season.
In addition to his defensive prowess, McKinney was also a go-to guy on kick returns, returning a kickoff and punt for a touchdown this season.
McKinney also made a single reception on offense this year, a 48-yard touchdown.