The players are Justin Reed, Montavious Parker and Keylon Woodard of Cass High; Austin Harris, Trey Lloyd, Trevor Lloyd and Dametrices Pitt of Adairsville; and Jesse House of Cartersville.
“It’s an honor to have our players selected to represent their school,” Bobby Hughes, Cass head football coach, said. “We had seven players who participated in a game right before Christmas at McEachern.
“It speaks well for our program that we have 10 players who were selected to represent their school in this way.”
Reed, a member of the Daily Tribune News All-County Team, was credited with three knockdowns last year, 46 tackles, one interception (returned for touchdown), eight tackles for loss. Offensively he had six catches, made 132 yards and scored one touchdown.
Parker, who was named to the first team all-region squad and has signed to play at Reinhardt, had 49 tackles, six sacks and caused two fumbles.
Woodard, also on the all-county team and all-region first team and a signee with The Cumberlands, made 34 tackles, one sack, one tackle for loss, six interceptions (two returned for touchdowns) and four knockdowns. Offensively he had 10 receptions for 211 yards and four touchdowns.
Harris, an all-county player at cornerback and second-team all region, made 20 solo tackles, four assisted tackles and two interceptions. Offensively he had 35 rushes for 451 yards, a 12.9 average per carry; and scored four rushing touchdowns. He also grabbed nine receptions for 251 yards and scored five touchdowns through the air.
Trey Lloyd, another all-county star, made 49 solo tackles, 12 assisted tackles, 17 tackles for loss, seven sacks, two pass breakups, one fumble recovery and forced two fumbles.
Trevor Lloyd, also an all-county star, made 51 solo tackles, 13 assisted tackles, 15 tackles for loss, seven sacks and two fumble recoveries.
Pitt, an all-county nose guard and second-team all-region player, made 29 solo tackles, 11 assisted tackles, three tackles for loss, two sacks, one pass breakup, two fumble recoveries and one forced fumble.
House was an all-region second team member this year at Cartersville and an all-county selection in 2012 at Adairsville. House, who signed with Kennesaw State, played middle linebacker and running back this year for the Canes.
Tough to handle
Hughes said the three Colonels selected are excellent defensive players and very deserving of the honor.
“Justin and Montavious were our defensive ends and the strength of our defensive play up front.
“Justin is so athletic and add to that how competitive he was and those ingredients make him tough to handle. He can wreak havoc when an offense is trying to pass and he’s strong enough to play the run, too.
“Montavious is just so physically strong and yet he is one of the fastest players on team. He can give you a speed rush and also a bull rush. That combination of raw speed and strength makes him hard to handle up front.”
Hughes also praised the defensive abilities of Woodard.
“Keylon played as a kind of strong safety for us,” he said. “He was extremely athletic and has really good ball skills, which is why he had so high an interception total.”
He said Woodard also has potential to play at the next level.
“I’m anxious to see how he does,” Hughes added. “His best games are in front of him. He’s just beginning to blossom.”
The All-Star Football Classic, presented by Physicians Care, should be another competitive game highlighting the graduating seniors on the gridiron.
The game will be played Saturday, June 6, at Boyd-Buchanan High School off of Moore Road in Chattanooga.
Stump On Sports television host Stump Martin said the event he originated in 2004 at Ridgeland High School has grown to be a popular game.
“The players on these teams know about the Tennessee-Georgia All-Star Classic and they want to be in the game,” he said. “We have had players from this game go on to play at major colleges as well as the Southeastern Conference and professional football. The week of practice and the game creates friendships and memories that will never be forgotten.”
Martin said the players in the game are more athletic than ever.
East Ridge head coach Tracy Malone is the head coach of Team Tennessee this year, calling it a “tremendous honor” to be selected.
“I’m very excited to be a part of such a great event,” said the former McMinn County and Tennessee Wesleyan football player. “I expect this year’s game to be extremely competitive.”
Malone said after an overwhelming response from players and coaches in the 14 counties the team is selected from in southeast Tennessee, he couldn’t be more proud of the group he’s assembled.
“We have talented quarterbacks, a solid stable of running backs and an exciting group of wide receivers,” Malone said. “But I believe the offensive line is as good, if not better, than last year's group and that's saying a lot.”
LaFayette head coach Chad Fisher has been selected to lead Team Georgia.
“It’s an honor to be selected as Team Georgia’s head coach,” Fisher said. “I’ve been an assistant twice and now being the head coach is a great honor.”
Fisher said Team Georgia’s staff has put together a “very athletic” squad.
“Our defensive line is going to be loaded with top talent,” he explained, “and our skill position players are extremely athletic. I believe we have put together a very athletic and competitive team.”
Tennessee holds a 7-3 advantage in the series.
— Information about the coaching staff and teams was provided by the Tennessee-Georgia All-Star Classic staff.