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Local football players shine in Elite Showcase



POWDER SPRINGS, Ga. — North Fulton and Forsyth County were well represented at the 2017 Georgia Elite Showcase, an all-star game for all classes of standout football players from around the state, Dec. 26-28 at McEachern High.

Thirty local players and six coaches participated in the event which featured games between two all-star teams in each class.

Seniors: Milton senior offensive lineman Blake Watson and Nate Thompson led the Senior National team to 167 yards rushing under offensive line coach Reggie Nixon of Centennial.

Fellow Milton player London Best was also named to the National team as tight end with Lambert’s Justine Bacile coaching quarterbacks and running backs.

The American team, which won 17-14, included North Forsyth’s Cade Jenson and Northview’s Reggie Cotton. Jenson recorded two total tackles, including a sack.

Juniors: The junior showcase game featured the highest amount of North Fulton and Forsyth County participants, with 13 players representing nine schools.

The American team won, 31-19, behind strong performances from local players. Johns Creek’s Nate Hope led the team with 45 yards rushing, behind Alpharetta offensive linemen William Wagner and Kamau Williams. Centennial’s Cal Dickie had two receptions for 40 yards.

Blessed Trinity’s JR Bivens accounted for three total tackles, including a sack and two quarterback hurries. South Forsyth’s Jack Pehrson had three tackles and Milton linebacker Allen Walker had two.

The American team’s scoring was started by Milton kicker Hayden Hairston who connected on a 54-yard field goal in the first quarter. Hairston was 1-2 on field goals and 2-2 on PAT’s.

The National team’s offensive was led by two Cambridge players, receiver Ridge Polk and offensive guard Kasra Bojnardi. Polk accounted for 10 receptions for 73 yards.

North Forsyth’s Honus Wagner was second in tackles on the National team, accounting for four total. Forsyth Central linebacker Jackson Leak was also named to the team.

Sophomores: Three Milton coaches led the Sophomore American team, including head coach Adam Clack, offensive coordinator Ben Reaves Jr. and defensive coordinator Drew Connell.

Three Johns Creek defensive players participated in the game, led by John Ross Maye’s three total tackles. Defensive tackle Jalen McCarthur had two tackle tackles, and defensive back Pat Taylor had one.

West Forsyth kicker Parker Hannon was 5-5 on PAT’s.

South Forsyth’s offensive lineman Noah Mallard powered the National team to 399 total yards and a 38-35 win.

Freshman: Seven North Fulton and Forsyth County players were selected for the Freshman American team who fell 31-21 to the National team.

Roswell’s Caden Long was 3-5 passing for 58 yards with a touchdown pass to Centennial’s Julian Nixon, who led all receivers with nine receptions for 115 yards. Long also had three kickoffs averaging 49.7 yards and was 3-3 on PAT’s.

Johns Creek’s Dylan Parr had a rush for the team behind teammate Brennen Henderson and North Forsyth’s Austin Kimbarl on the offensive line.

Johns Creek defensive end Cole Nelson had two tackles.

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