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Region IV-AA honors BHS players

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By Robert Howey

BUFORD – Six Buford High School standout football players have been honored by Conference IV-AA.
The Jackets players are the team’s selections to the 2010 all-region squad as chosen by the conference coaches.
Buford, 3-7, had one senior selection as veteran defensive back Seth Chapman was named to the all-region team.
Chapman notched 64 tackles, with two tackles for loss, a sack, two interceptions and six batted down passes this season.
“Seth had a solid senior year for us and gave us good, steady leadership in the secondary,” BHS coach Mike Wells said. “We will miss him next season.”
The rest of the Jackets’ all-region picks are all underclassmen – four juniors and a sophomore.
Junior defensive lineman Marcus Brown, who also played tight end on offense, led the Jackets’ tackles with 100 stops. He added six tackles for loss, five sacks and batted down six passes.
Hard-running junior fullback Scott Catledge was an all-region pick for his solid offensive play.
Catledge ran for 580 yards in 125 carries, scored four touchdowns and had three catches for 40 yards.
Eric McPhearson, who played offensive guard and linebacker, was selected to the all-conference defense.
McPhearson registered 88 tackles, four tackles for loss, an interception, batted down a pass and had a sack and caused a fumble.
Donnie Duncan rounded out the Jackets’ juniors who were honored as all-region picks.
Duncan posted 66 tackles with 11 tackles for loss, five sacks, two fumble recoveries and two blocked kicks.
C.J. Blackmon, the lone Buford sophomore to earn a spot on the all-region team, was selected for his solid play in the Jackets’ secondary.
Blackmon contributed 67 tackles, six broken-up passes, three interceptions, two blocked kicks, a caused fumble and a fumble recovery.
“It was good we had six players make the all-region team, and five of those players will be back for us next season,” Wells said.
“That a good nucleus to build on for our 2011 season. They all worked hard for this recognition and they’re most deserving.
“Scott Catledge, like all these players, is a good example of what hard work in the off-season can do for  you,” Wells said.
“He worked his tail off in the weight room to become a better player and contribute to our team this season. That’s a good example to follow, especially for our younger players. There’s no substitue for hard work,” Wells added.
Wells saluted Chapman’s effort.
“I’m also happy for Seth because he really put forth the effort this season and made an impact with this team,” Wells said. “Seth stepped up like you want to see a senior player do in his final season in the program.”