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Gwinnett all-star football game planned for second year

Except for a firm date, all the plans are set for a second installment of the Rivalries of Gwinnett All-Star Football Game.

The showcase for the county's top senior players, which debuted last year, is planned for either at 7:30 p.m.on Friday, Dec. 19 or 2 p.m.on Saturday, Dec. 20. Retired Gwinnett head coaches, Charlie Jordan (Shiloh) and Mike Strickland (Dacula/Duluth) have been selected as head coaches for the game, which will be at Brookwood again.

"We think (the game) can get better and better and better," said Touchdown Club of Gwinnett president Dave Hunter, who is organizing the event. "We had a good crowd last year and we think we can get a bigger one this year as word gets out."

Hunter said the format will be tweaked from last year, when it pitted natural rivals like Brookwood-Parkview and Grayson-South Gwinnett on opposing teams. This year the teams will split the county in half geographically.

One team will feature the Region 8-AAAAA programs - Berkmar, Brookwood, Central Gwinnett, Dacula, Grayson, Meadowcreek, Parkview, Shiloh and South Gwinnett. The other squad features 7-AAAAA's Collins Hill, Duluth, Mill Creek, Norcross, North Gwinnett and Peachtree Ridge, along with Class AA schools Buford, Greater Atlanta Christian and Wesleyan.

The two all-star head coaches will be assisted by current Gwinnett head coaches.

Mill Creek's Shannon Jarvis (offense) and Buford's Jess Simpson (defense) will be Region 7-AAAAA's coordinators, while the 8-AAAAA units will be headed up by South Gwinnett's John Small (offense) and Grayson's Mickey Conn (defense).

Three current Gwinnett assistant coaches also will help on each side - Parkview's Robert Hill, Brookwood's Tom Jones and Dacula's Ted Wilson on one side and Collins Hill's Larry Massey, Mill Creek's Tommy Scott and Norcross' Dale Farr on the other team.

The all-star teams will be selected in November from Gwinnett's top senior players, although standouts selected for the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association's North-South Game aren't eligible.

"We're just excited to be able to showcase players in Gwinnett County," Hunter said. "We think it's going to be a great game and it's a great honor for the players and coaches here to be a part of it."

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What: Rivalries of Gwinnett All-Star Game

When: Dec. 19 or Dec. 20

Where: Brookwood High School

Head coaches: Former Shiloh coach Charlie Jordan, former Dacula/Duluth coach Mike Strickland

Vote on game time: Organizers haven't set an official date for the Rivalries of Gwinnett All-Star Game, but are looking at two possibilities: Friday, Dec. 19 at 7:30 p.m. and Saturday, Dec. 20 at 2 p.m. Which date/time would make it more likely for you to attend the game? Vote in our interactive poll (left).