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Local players represent state in all-star football game

Photo by Derrick Mahone
 Lovejoy defensive coordinator Kevin Jones was tabbed as the head coach for Georgia in Saturday’s Georgia-Florida All Star Football Game in Boca Raton, Fla. He will coach five players from his Lovejoy defensive unit that ranked as the top defense in Class AAAAAA this past season.

Photo by Derrick Mahone Lovejoy defensive coordinator Kevin Jones was tabbed as the head coach for Georgia in Saturday’s Georgia-Florida All Star Football Game in Boca Raton, Fla. He will coach five players from his Lovejoy defensive unit that ranked as the top defense in Class AAAAAA this past season.

A smattering of Southern Crescent football players will represent Georgia in the annual Florida vs. Georgia All-Star Football game on Saturday in south Florida.

Ten local athletes will populate Georgia’s roster, including seven players from two-time state runner-up Lovejoy.

Riverdale offensive lineman Jordan Sydney, Dutchtown quarterback and Missouri commitment Donovahn Jones and his Bulldog teammate, offensive tackle Jordan Harris are the others from the two-county area who will compete.

Lovejoy defensive coordinator Kevin Jones was named the Georgia team’s head coach and said he considered himself fortunate to pace the sidelines in such a prestigious game.

“It’s a great honor. A wonderful honor,” Jones said. “I thought the season was over. I got a call from [Lassiter head coach] Eddie Prince and he asked me about coaching.

“I thought he was joking at first. It’s a great honor. A wonderful honor. I thought the season was over and I was looking to next season at Lovejoy and saying goodbye to this year’s guys. But I’ve got another chance with these guys, so it feels good.”

And Jones will have quite the compliment of his Lovejoy defense at his disposal for Saturday’s game.

A pair of all-state talents in running back Travis Custis and nose tackle Nathaniel Norwood headline the Lovejoy representatives. Wide receiver and Georgia Tech commitment JuMichael Ramos is the other player from the Wildcats’ offense. After that, Zane Fields (defensive end), Eugene Fuller (linebacker) and defensive backs Tyrell Brown and Cinwon Whitehead round out the Lovejoy seven.

The game is sceduled for 6 p.m. Saturday at Boca Raton High School.

Jones said that the Southern Crescent stars are more than holding their own with the rest of the Georgia team — a roster which includes 16 all-state players.

“I’ll tell you what, there’s some wonderful talent around here,” Jones said. “You’ve got guys from DeKalb, Fayette, Rockdale, Henry and Clayton counties, and our guys, you can’t tell there’s a drop off.”

Dinner with former Minnesota Vikings receiver Chris Carter, team pictures by the ocean and a visit to a local hospital have all combined to make it fun-filled trip for players and coaches alike, Jones said.

“It’s the first time I’ve taken team pictures on a beach,” Jones said.

But make no mistake about it. The Georgia players want to walk out of Florida with bragging rights.

“All the Florida boys have been talking about how it was a fluke that [the] Georgia [Bulldogs] beat the Florida Gators this past season,” Jones said. “and these guys all want a chance to beat Florida.”