Peach County QB posting big numbers

Peach County, the defending Class AAA state champions, trounced top-ranked LaGrange 24-7 at a packed Callaway Stadium last Friday night. The play of quarterback Bryan Ellis is one of the reasons why the Peach County Trojans are once again vying for another state championship in 2006.

Bryan Ellis may not be the flashiest or the fastest, but he is one the most accurate quarterbacks in the Peach State.

The senior quarterback led his No. 2 ranked Trojans into Callaway Stadium last Friday night in a rematch of last year's state semifinals. Ellis was held below 100 yards passing for the first time all year and threw his first interception since the first game, but it was still good enough for a 24-7 victory over the Grangers.

"Well, I knew it was going to be tough because they're the number one team in the state," said Ellis. "But I really believed that we could play with anybody. We just did what we had to do to pick up the win."

For the year, Ellis has thrown for 2,973 yards and 26 touchdowns, and he's been remarkably efficient, while throwing only three interceptions in 250 pass attempts.

"I've worked really hard and I've thrown a lot of yards, but mainly the low interceptions is the thing I'm the most proud of," said the 6-foot-2, 183-pounder.

Ellis' favorite target is wideout Udom Umoh. Umoh, a Vanderbilt commit, has 50 catches for 935 yards and 10 touchdowns this season.

The Trojans play Hart County in the third round this Friday night at Anderson Stadium in Fort Valley.

"They're fast and they've got a real good defense, Ellis said. "They always seem to make big plays on defense, but I think if we play smart, we should be okay."

Peach County's last two quarterbacks, A.J. Bryant (Georgia) and Antonio Henton (Ohio State), both landed at big-time division one colleges. Ellis said Georgia Southern, Middle Tennessee, UAB and Central Florida are showing some interest in him. He is still waiting on his first offer and will take his official visits when the season is over.

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