Mill Creek's Jacorey Lewis
Gwinnett will have a heavy representation in what is touted as the oldest all-star football game in the nation--Saturday's Georgia Athletic Coaches Association North-South All-Star Football Classic.
The North roster of Gwinnett standout players also includes a pair of local coaches, Mill Creek's Shannon Jarvis and Apalachee's Shane Davis. Both are assistants to North head coach Sid Fritts of Elbert County for the showcase, which begins at 2 p.m. at Columbus' Memorial Stadium. Jarvis is coaching the receivers and Davis is coaching the offensive line.
"The Gwinnett kids are doing very well," Jarvis said after a Friday practice. "To go and get to play with kids from all over the state, it's a reminder of the high level of play we have in Gwinnett. All the Gwinnett kids are very similar. They work hard and they're a pleasure to work with on the practice field. I expect them to do well in the game Saturday."
The North offense will feature several Gwinnett skill position players. Mill Creek's Jacorey Lewis and Brookwood's Jamaal Cole are two of the team's running backs, while Brookwood's Ky Priester and Duluth's Myles Campbell are on the roster as wide receivers. Buford's Mikey Bart also is a North tight end.
They will work behind an offensive line that includes Buford's Josh Cardiello and North Gwinnett's Alex Stoehr and Andy Kwon.
The North defensive list includes cornerbacks David Kamara of Grayson, Shon Akins of Norcross and Deondre Singleton of Archer, as well as linebacker Jalen Brooks of North and defensive linemen Tony Porter of Peachtree Ridge, Antonio Riles of Archer and Jack Banda of Grayson.
Gwinnett made a major impact in last year's North-South game, won 20-3 by the North. Peachtree Ridge defensive back Alex Gray had two interceptions to earn MVP honors, Brookwood's Zach Jackson also had an interception and Brookwood's Nick Tompkins had a 76-yard touchdown run.