Gwinnett's two longest-tenured football coaches have been selected as the head coaches for this year's Rivalries of Gwinnett All-Star Game, a three-year-old showcase event for the county's high school seniors.
Dacula's Kevin Maloof will coach one team while Parkview's Cecil Flowe will coach the other. Maloof is 153-72 (175-101-1 overall) in 19 seasons as Dacula's head coach, taking seven teams to the state quarterfinals or beyond. Flowe has coached Parkview for 17 seasons, winning four state titles and taking his last 15 teams to the state playoffs.
"Those two guys have been around the longest and we felt they were most deserving," said Dave Hunter, president of the Touchdown Club of Gwinnett and organizer of the all-star game. Hunter and former Central Gwinnett coach Tally Johnson were the head coaches for the inaugural showcase, and Charlie Jordan (Shiloh) and Mike Strickland (Dacula, Duluth) were head coaches last year. The third event is scheduled for Saturday, Dec. 19 at 2 p.m. at Grayson High School.
The teams will practice Dec. 14 through 18 at Collins Hill and Central Gwinnett.
Each team's roster will have 35 Gwinnett seniors, though the coaches won't make those selections for the game until a meeting in early December. Other local high school coaches will serve as assistants to Maloof and Flowe.
Russell Athletics and Colter Sports provide jerseys for the players, who are split into teams in an attempt to divide natural rivalries.
Maloof's team will feature players from Dacula, Brookwood, Berkmar, Peachtree Ridge, Shiloh, Duluth, North Gwinnett, Collins Hill, Wesleyan and Archer.
Flowe's roster will have players from Parkview, Meadowcreek, Grayson, South Gwinnett, Norcross, Central Gwinnett, Buford, Greater Atlanta Christian, Mountain View and Hebron Christian.