Seniors Jon Austin, Quadre Allen, Isaiah Ross, Tucker Halbrooks and MacKenzie Burge will represent Woodland in the Georgia Northwest All-Star Bowl at McEachern Stadium at 10 a.m. along with four Adairsville players — Dakota Hines, Coltin Gulledge, Trevor Lloyd and Trey Lloyd.
Cartersville’s Atlan Glanton will also be in the game along with nine Cass players, including Keylon Woodard, Kelin Wells, Chaz Rokins, Justin Reed, Montavius Parker, Lakel Scott, Joe Wood, Drake Eddy and Lucas Johnson.
Adairsville head coach Eric Bishop will be involved in the game as a coach.
Adairsville’s Dametrices Pitt, Sheldon LaVette and Austin Harris will be joing Woodland’s Qua Stocks in the North All-Stars vs. Central All-Stars game at the Georgia Dome on Saturday at 1 p.m.
For Cartersville, Brooks Barden, Mark Quattlebaum, Devin Henderson, Alex Barnes, Jesse House, Gordon Gray and T.L. Ford will participate.
Barden, Ford and Quattlebaum also will play in the GACA North/South All-Star Classic to be held Dec. 30 in Columbus.
Canes head coach Frank Barden will be coaching in the game.
Woodland head coach Vince DiLorenzo said he’s very pleased to have six Wildcats playing at all-star games.
“I think it says more about giving them an opportunity one more time to be able to play,” he said. “They finished their season on a positive note for Woodland and this is another chance to get their names out before folks. This is a great opportunity for our players to get their names out as a possible college prospect.”
“It’s something the players can be proud of. They get to keep their jerseys and it’s a memory that they’ll keep for a long time. One of those intangibles that no one can ever take away from you,” Bishop said. “It’s played with 15-minute quarters they’ll get a taste of the length of a college game, and the competition level will obviously be stepped up because you have the best players in the area.”
The players selected for Woodland contributed to Woodland’s turning around its season. The Wildcats lost their first six games but then finished with four consecutive victories for a 4-6 season.
Austin, a star lineman for the Wildcats, was credited with 25 pancake blocks while allowing just one sack.
Allen, a running back, scored six touchdowns for Woodland. He rushed for 380 yards and added 275 receiving yards.
Ross, a linebacker, was credited with 123 tackles, including six for losses.
Halbrooks, a guard, threw 15 pancake blocks.
Burge broke Woodland’s half-season-long touchdown drought when he scored one against Paulding County. The wide receiver also scored a touchdown against Hiram.
Stocks, a wide receiver and defensive back, was responsible for scoring two touchdowns in
Woodland’s victory over Rome. He also made two plays that saved touchdowns in the Hiram game.
Cartersville’s Barden threw for 2,382 yards and 42 touchdowns. Two of his primary recievers, Ford and Quattlebaum, will be joining him in the The GACA North/South All-Star Classic to be held Dec. 30 in Columbus.
Ford and Quattlebaum finished with 600 and 550 receiving yards, respectively.
Gray was part of Cartersville’s dynamic trio of wide receivers and finished with 470 yards and 11 touchdowns on the year.
Adairsville’s Hines connected on 41 of 43 point-after-touchdowns. He also made three field goals, including a 42-yarder this season for the Tigers. Meanwhile, Pitt and Gulledge had 40 total tackles each, while Trevor and Trey Lloyd had 64 and 61, respectively.
Bartow players will be among players from 19 high schools in Cherokee, Bartow, Douglas and Paulding County participating in the Georgia Northwest game.
They will be part of a team made up of Bartow and Cherokee County players in playing a team composed of Douglas and Paulding County football stars.
The game also is expected to draw college coaches as well as coverage by metro Atlanta news organizations, TV and Internet news media companies.
It will precede the Cobb All-Star Senior Bowl, which features all-star players from that county’s 21 high schools and is in its seventh season.
—The Daily Tribune News Staffers David Royal and Jason Greenberg contributed to this report.