Last Thursday, the Atlanta Journal-Constitution announced its 2019 All-State high school football team for all classification levels. In Class AAA, Calhoun junior running back Jerrian Hames earned an all-state honorable mention.
“Jerrian had a great year and he would be the first to tell you that credit goes to the offensive line,” Yellow Jackets head coach Clay Stephenson said in a text message. “He worked with them both on the field and in the film room and I think that dedication and trust he and the OL had this year was huge for the team.”
Hames was heavily utilized throughout 2019, usually handling 20 or more carries per game. During the 2019 campaign, Hames recorded 215 carries for 1,544 yards and 23 touchdowns. He also snatched 10 receptions for 132 yards.
“He is very tough to tackle one-on-one,” Stephenson said. “He is great at making the first guy miss.”
Hames was a huge factor in every game for the Jackets this past year, including a 28-carry, 154-yard performance against the Morgan County Bulldogs in the first round of the playoffs. Hames would cross the goal line on three separate occasions to lift the Yellow Jackets into the second round.
“I think he will keep working and studying his position more and hopefully pay off for us next year,” Stephenson said.
Calhoun went 10-2 in 2019, falling in the second round of the state playoffs at Peach County High School. Next season, the Jackets will move to Region 7-AAAAA, which will include Blessed Trinity, Cartersville, Cass, Hiram and Woodland (Cartersville) High Schools.