McCal­lie to host 12th An­nual All-Star Foot­ball Clas­sic on June 13

The Catoosa County News - - SPIRITUAL -

His­toric Spears Sta­dium on the cam­pus of the McCal­lie School will once again serve as the host for the an­nual Ten­nessee-Ge­or­gia All-Star Foot­ball Clas­sic, pre­sented by Great Clips and Stump on Sports.

The 12th ver­sion of the bor­der battle will take place on Satur­day, June 13. Open­ing cer­e­monies and player in­tro­duc­tions will begin at 7 p.m. with kick­off slated for 7:30.

Once again, the game will fea­ture re­cent grad­u­ates from southeast Ten­nessee against their coun­ter­parts from north­west Ge­or­gia.

Count­ing this year’s con­test, more than 1,000 ath­letes have suited up to play in the Clas­sic dur­ing its his­tory.

Team Ten­nessee will be coached this year by Notre Dame’s Charles Fant.

Fant had a mem­o­rable year with the Ir­ish in 2014, shak­ing off a three-point loss to peren­nial power Knoxville Catholic to win 12 con­sec­u­tive games. Notre Dame would even­tu­ally bow out to state power Al­coa, 2819, in the TSSAA Class 3A state semi­fi­nals.

A to­tal of seven Ir­ish play­ers went on to sign schol­ar­ships on Na­tional Sign­ing Day.

Set to match wits against Fant is North Mur­ray’s David Gann, who will di­rect the Peach State stars.

Gann guided the Moun­taineers to a 5-5 mark this past fall be­hind a high-oc­tane of­fense that has av­er­aged 34 points a game dur­ing the three sea­sons Gann has been at the helm.

This past fall, those num­bers helped quar­ter­back Hin­ton McCon­key be­come the sec­ond North Mur­ray quar­ter­back in Gann’s three sea­sons to earn All-State hon­ors, join­ing Brady Swill­ing in 2012.

“This has been a mem­o­rable ex­pe­ri­ence for all of those who have been in­volved in this All-Star se­ries in any way,” said Clas­sic founder Stump Martin. “We have had All-Star Clas­sic Alumni go on to play and star in col­lege and some have made it to pro­fes­sional foot­ball.

“How­ever, the Al­lS­tar Clas­sic can now boast about hav­ing a NFL first-round draft se­lec­tion in for­mer Adairsville line­backer Vic Beasley (Clem­son), who was se­lected by the At­lanta Fal­cons. That’s pretty spe­cial.”

McCal­lie pre­vi­ously served as host for the game in 2013, which saw Ten­nessee hang on for a 10-7 victory.

The Vol­un­teer State cur­rently holds a 8-3 ad­van­tage in the all­time se­ries and has won three straight, in­clud­ing last year’s record-set­ting 45-7 win at Boyd-Buchanan.

Ten­nessee set a Clas­sic record for points in the victory, be­hind 103 yards rush­ing from game MVP Isiah Robin­son (Hix­son) and 90 yards rush­ing from Ten­nessee Player of the Game Den­zel Boyd (McMinn Cen­tral).

Line­backer Ja­cob Mitchell (Gor­don Cen­tral) tied a mark with two sacks, earn­ing him Ge­or­gia Player of the Game hon­ors.

Tick­ets prices are $10 per per­son at the gate for fans 13 and older. Kids 12 and un­der are free.

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