Of the nine, six played for the 13-1 Cartersville Purple Hurricanes: Arrick Camps, linebacker; Hayes Linn, wide receiver; Josh Cooper, wide receiver; Wyndham Laye, offensive lineman; Alec D’Urbano, punter; and Byron Davis, defensive lineman. The other three include two from the Adairsville Tigers — Hiram Velez, wide receiver, and Andrew Ward, quarterback — and Woodland Wildcats’ R.J. Williams, quarterback.
They are among 50 seniors who have been selected by area coaches to represent north Georgia in the first annual North vs. Central All-Star Bowl game to be played Saturday afternoon at the Georgia Dome. The 50 players were selected from a group of 130 nominations representing 30 high schools.
Along with those from Bartow County, the 50-man roster includes players from Catoosa, Walker, Dade, Whitfield, Murray, Gordon, Chattooga, Fannin, Gilmer, Pickens, Cherokee and Floyd counties. The Central team will be comprised of players from Douglass, Carroll, Paulding, Polk, Harralson, Troup and Heard counties.
Tigers’ head football coach Jim Kremer will be part of a 19-man North coaching staff headed by North Murray’s David Gann. Under Kremer’s guidance, the Tigers finished 7-4 overall and qualified for the Class AAA state playoffs.
“It’s a great honor for all these players to play in the all-star game,” Canes coach Frank Barden said. “For our seniors who will be playing in the Georgia Dome this weekend, their selection speaks a lot for all the preparation they put into the season.”
Cartersville’s seniors were instrumental in leading the team to an undefeated regular season, and being one win away from going to the Georgia Dome to play for the Class AAA state championship.
To prepare for the All-Star game, the north squad has been practicing on the Ringgold Tigers’ home field.
“Their turf is similar to the one they will play on at the Georgia Dome,” said Barden, while traveling north from Cartersville to Ringgold on I-75.
The North vs. Central All-Star game is part of an all-day event that will include six youth football games and two high school all-star games. Kickoff for the North-Central game is scheduled for 3 p.m. Kickoff for the Atlanta East-West Metro All-Star Bowl is 7 p.m.
Introduction of the North-Central All-Star game this year came about when a Division II college all-star game failed to develop.