Posted: Wednesday, December 4th 2013 at 12:21pm
Sosebee helps GHS wrap up semifinal berth, Player of the Week award
By Morgan Lee Editor
Gainesville's defense, including JD Sosebee (55) and Chandler Newton (7), wraps up Mundy's Mill running back Rodney Smith in the Red Elephants' quarterfinal win on Friday in City Park. / photo: David Weikel
Gainesville football is known the state-over for its explosive, wide-open offense.
Those around the Red Elephants know their defense to be just as explosive, however, and anyone who has watched Gainesville’s playoff success in recent seasons has seen just that.
For example look no further than Friday night.
Facing Mundy’s Mill in the state quarterfinals, the Red Elephants minimized the damage done by standout running back Rodney Smith and came up with a huge turnover to help seal Gainesville’s third straight semifinal berth.
Gainesville also forced three turnovers on downs in the victory.
As he has done for much of the season, JD Sosebee proved one of the big keys for the Red Elephants’ defense on the night.
(NOTE: To watch our Player of the Week presentation and a video interview with Sosebee, press "play" in the box to the right.)
The linebacker recorded double digit tackles and scooped up a third quarter fumble that turned the tide in a one-touchdown contest and helped Gainesville pull away for a comfortable finish.
For his efforts, Sosebee has been named the Gainesville Jaycees Player of the Week.
This week, Sosebee -- who leads Gainesville with 165 tackles -- and his teammates know they face an even bigger challenge, as the Red Elephants travel to face Tucker in one of the marquee match-ups of the playoffs.
The Tigers rely on a dominating ground game in their wing-T offense, as led by quarterback Joseph Farrar.
Yet Sosebee says Gainesville is relishing the challenge, as the defending Class AAAAA champs prepare to take on a Tucker program that won Class AAAA titles in 2011 and 2008.
And while the media attention will center around Gainesville's spread offense against Tucker's lockdown defense, the other side of the ball will be just as intriguing -- and just as important, as the Red Elephants look to get back to the Georgia Dome.
With that in mind, Access North Georgia sports editor Morgan Lee caught up with Sosebee to talk about the Red Elephants’ big win on Friday, their defensive play overall and the battle ahead in the semifinals.
The National Bank of Georgia’s Billy Glosson also presented Sosebee with our Player of the Week award.
2013 Jaycees Player of the Week winners
Week 1 -- Cody Lamar, running back, Dawson County
Week 2 -- Buford defense
Week 3 -- Jemon Randolph, running back, Flowery Branch
Week 4 -- Kwon Williams, running back, West Hall
Week 5 -- Chance McClure, running back, Commerce
Week 6 -- Andrew Smith, quarterback, North Hall
Week 7 -- TJ Skelton, quarterback, Jefferson
Week 8 -- Deshaun Watson, quarterback, Gainesville
Week 9 -- Jacob Lewis, quarterback, Jackson County
Week 10 -- Charlie Woerner, running back, Rabun County
Week 11 -- Johnathan Gilreath, receiver, Lumpkin County
Week 12 -- Dalton Whitfield, running back/linebacker, White County
Week 13 -- Jefferson offensive line
Week 14 -- JD Sosebee, linebacker, Gainesville
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