Talent to be displayed at all-star game

JONESBORO — Eighty-five Clayton County seniors will suit up to play one last game in the area Thursday night during the second annual Clayton County Senior Bowl.

The 7 p.m. game will take place at Tara Stadium, and will feature a mixture of some of the county’s best senior athletes as well as a few who may not have seen as much time on the field.

The players have been divided into squads representing the North and South schools of the county. The South team will be represented by Mount Zion, Lovejoy, Jonesboro and Mundy’s Mill.

North schools will be Drew, North Clayton, Riverdale, Morrow and Forest Park.

Jonesboro coach Tim Floyd, who will lead the South team, said that the Senior Bowl is special primarily for the opportunity it gives for some unsung players to shine.

“I think especially for those that didn’t get a chance to play a lot through the season, it’s an opportunity for players to show what they can do against the best of the county,” Floyd said.

Lovejoy leads the South squad with 15 representatives while Mundy’s Mill has 10 on the roster, which includes standouts like Jonesboro running back/safety Patrick Petty and Lovejoy running back Jonathan Griffin.

The North team will be coached by North Clayton’s Max Wiltz and feature players like Drew starting quarterback Jay Murray and North Clayton standout running back La’Darrius Mathis.

With only two practices, the teams and coaching staffs will be limited in what they can do. But that won’t stop the coaches from trying some things that will make for an entertaining game.

“The main thing is we want the kids to have fun,” Floyd said. “Both in practices and in the game. We’re going to throw in a few different plays and some trick plays and just get them out there to have some fun.”