Until the phone call came, Ford had already traded in his football uniform for a spot on coach Mike Tobin’s varsity boys basketball team.
As a member of coach Barden’s varsity football team, the junior wide receiver caught 36 passes for 603 yards and 11 touchdowns during the 2012 season.
As a member of the West squad, he caught two passes from teammate and Cartersville quarterback Brooks Barden in helping lead the West team to a 10-7 victory over the East team in the third annual AT&T Georgia Junior Bowl played Monday at Grady Stadium in Atlanta.
Barden concluded his junior season with the Purple Hurricanes, having thrown for 2,870 yards and 39 touchdowns.
Both he and Ford were two of 98 rising seniors throughout the state of Georgia who were selected to participate in this prestigious event.
“It was good to have Brooks and T.L. on the field together,” coach Barden said. “Both played well.”
Altough neither had taken a snap since the season ended the first week in December, the duo knew exactly what to do approximately four weeks later.
Ford caught two passes from Brooks for 45 yards.
The West took a 7-0 lead on a 5-yard touchdown pass from Barden to Creekside’s Cameron Jackson.
The East had tied it before the West won on a late field goal.
Coach Barden was able to see a glimpse of what to expect from his Purple Hurricanes during the 2013 season, as he was a member of theWest’s coaching staff.
The West team was coached by Chip Walker, who guided Sandy Creek to the Class AAAA state championship.
The AT&T Junior Bowl has been held for the past three seasons in association with AT&T, the NFL Players Association, Rawlings, the NFL and Curing Kids Cancer.