Photos by Derrick Mahone
Jonesboro rising seniors Patrick Petty (left) and Cameron Sutton were selected to participate in a national championship passing league game.
Two Jonesboro football standouts were selected to represent Georgia at the IMG Madden 7-on-7 Passing League national championships later this month in Florida.
– on Friday June 29 in Bradenton, FL.
Rising seniors Patrick Petty (safety) and Cameron Sutton (wide receiver) were chosen for their standout play at the Cam Newton Foundation 7-on-7 passing tournament at Westlake High School in Atlanta.
The national championship will take place on June 29.
Petty and Sutton caught the eyes of head coaches who were told to select three players to represent Georgia on an all-star squad that will compete in the Under Armour-sponsored event.
Petty, who also plays running back for the Cardinals, said that the notoriety was unexpected but is also further proof of the type of talent at Jonesboro.
“It was a surprise, and I was overwhelmed at the chance to go to Florida for a Cam Newton camp with one of my teammates,” said Petty, who was also the Cardinal basketball team’s leading scorer as a shooting guard.
“We played some good competetion, and Cameron and I were just out there making plays and leading by example. We were just trying to let people know that Jonesboro has top caliber athletes.”
Jonesboro lost in the semifinals to eventual tournament champion Grady, but Sutton says the experiences at Westlake, and the opportunity in Bradenton will pay off in more ways than wins and losses.
“All of this just prepares you so well, even for the upcoming regular season,” said Sutton, who has several Div. I football offers. “In the passing leagues, you don’t have an offensive line, but it helps quarterbacks going through progressions, and skill players with schemes. Of course you want to win, but if you lose, you still learn from it all.”
Newton starred at Westlake and then Blinn Junior College before winning the national championship in his first and only year at Auburn. The 2010 Hesiman Trophy winner was the top overall pick in the 2011 NFL draft and won 2011 NFL Rookie of the Year honors as quarterback for the Carolina Panthers.
Petty hopes that being on such a grand stage will help pave the way for his football future.
“I want to win down there definitely, but also get some exposure and hopefully get my name out there,” he said. “And of course, I want to just have a good time.”