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Lions' Ballard named 7-AAAAA's top coach

Peachtree Ridge head football coach Bill Ballard was voted region coach of the year by his peers who selected the All-Region 7-AAAAA football team released Thursday.

Ballard led the Lions to their first 7-AAAAA championship this season in addition to a Class AAAAA runner-up finish.

The region's coaches also announced their all-region team. Those honored players are as follows:

All-Region 7-AAAAA

First-Team Offense

QB Mikey Tamburo, North Gwinnett

RB D.J. Adams, Norcross

RB Ronnie Smith, Peachtree Ridge

WR Prince Kent, Norcross

WR Tyler Jarry, North Gwinnett

WR Mitchell Williford, Peachtree Ridge

TE Conner Orr, Peachtree Ridge

OL Max Garcia, Norcross

OL Micah James, Mill Creek

OL Matt Cox, Collins Hill

OL Trevor McBurnett, Peachtree Ridge

OL Jake Thomas, North Gwinnett

OL Blake Tillis, Northview

KR Matt Gagich, Duluth

PK Connor Coons, Chattahoochee

First-Team Defense

DL Michael Pate, Peachtree Ridge

DL Don Moon, North Gwinnett

DL Ryan Robinson, Mill Creek

DL Wesley Hollingshed, Norcross

LB Kevin Minter, Peachtree Ridge

LB Curtis Guest, Collins Hill

LB Quinton Cobb, Duluth

LB Steven Smith, Norcross

DB Destry Berry, Collins Hill

DB Steven Hester, North Forsyth

DB Salem Collins, South Forsyth

DB Zach Humphrey, North Gwinnett

P Connor Hawk, Norcross

Second-Team Offense

QB Brendan Cross, Chattahoochee

RB Charles Perkins, Collins Hill

RB Tyler Slaton, North Forsyth

WR David Knorr, South Forsyth

WR Josh Davis, Collins Hill

WR Kevin Martin, Chattahoochee

TE Kenny Barnes, North Gwinnett

OL Manuel Munoz, Norcross

OL Jordan Johnson, Mill Creek

OL Johnny Hampton, North Forsyth

OL Austin Shepherd, North Gwinnett

OL JuWuan James, North Gwinnett

OL Austin Louchart, Peachtree Ridge

KR Danal Slay, Norcross

PK Corey Reins, North Forsyth

Second-Team Defense

DL Marquis Lovett, Norcross

DL Barry Lenon, Collins Hill

DL Matt Hansard, North Forsyth

DL Eric Odonkor, Peachtree Ridge

DL Denzel McCoy, Northview

LB Tanner Botts, Peachtree Ridge

LB Warren Roberts, North Gwinnett

LB Sean Dauenhauer, South Forsyth

LB Scott Ooley, Mill Creek

DB Connor Norman, Peachtree Ridge

DB Robert Nelson, North Gwinnett

DB Michael Adams, Collins Hill

DB Arius Wright, Norcross

P Justin Mack, Duluth