Led by Jayson Stanley’s (Creekside) two touchdown catches and Tyler Queen’s (North Cobb) two scores, the West squad cruised to a 38-7 win over the East team.
Andre Brown (Columbia), Arden Key (M.L. King), Chauncey Rivers (Stephenson), Dexter Neal (Stephenson), Yaquis “Duke” Shelley (Tucker), Elijah Sullivan (Tucker), Isaiah Zuber (Stephenson), Javon Barnes (Stephenson), Kwan Stallworth (M.L. King), Mike Horton (Lakeside), Shadell Bell (Columbia), Griffin King (Marist), Jonathan Ledbetter (Tucker) and Kenneth Brinson (Marist) were all invited to the contest.
“We just played really well as a team,” King said. “We practiced hard. We did a lot of teamwork. I heard their team did a lot of one on ones but we focused on the team aspect and the scoreboard showed that.”
King, who rushed for nine touchdowns this past season, returned three punts for 23 yards for the West team.
“Coach [Michael] Coveny always got mad at me whenever I bobbled or anything during practice this season so I worked really hard on that and my coaches helped me out a lot with that,” King said. “You just got to be careful and choose what you go after wisely.”
Even though the East mustered just seven points, a 12-yard pass from Alpharetta’s Austin King to Bell, Neal had a game-high seven catches for 54 yards.
“It was a lot of great competition,” Neal said. “It was wonderful. The DB’s were aggressive. This is just something you won’t get a shot at again until you are in college so it’s best that you prepare for it now.”
Queen opened the scoring with a short TD run and threw a 47-yard touchdown pass to Stanley, who also caught a 70-yard TD pass from Harrison’s Lorenzo Nunez.
Heard County’s Duranta Dunson also ran for a score for the West.