Four area stand­outs dubbed All-Stars

The Covington News - - SPORTS - BRYAN FAZIO bfazio@cov­

The New­ton, Al­covy and East­side foot­ball teams all reached the play­offs in the 2012 sea­son, and the ef­forts of the play­ers who helped to get them there will be re­warded Satur­day.

Four area play­ers, one each from Al­covy and New­ton and two from East­side, have been se­lected to play in the D. L. Scott Coali­tion Bowl Se­nior metro At­lanta East vs. West Al­lS­tar game at the Ge­or­gia Dome Satur­day.

David Rash was se­lected from Al­covy, where he was a leader on the of­fen­sive line that helped pave the way for the 1,193 yards and six touch­downs rush­ing.

“He de­serves it,” Al­covy coach Kirk Hoff- man said. “He’s been a four- year starter for me and one of the lead­ers on the of­fen­sive line.”

Rash was also named to the Re­gion 2- AAAAAA All- Re­gion team this week, his sec­ond straight first­team honor.

He will be among such of­fen­sive line All-Stars as South Florida com­mit­ted and Tri- Cities line­man Do­minique Threatt.

Rash isn’t the only New­ton County line­man who will be tak­ing to the gridiron Satur­day as the New­ton Rams’ se­lec­tion will lineup on the de­fen­sive side.

Treyvon Richard­son

was nom­i­nated to the team af­ter tal­ly­ing 38 tack­les, in­clud­ing 5 ½ for loss and four sacks on the 2012 sea­son.

“It’s def­i­nitely a great ac­co­lade for him be­ing able to par­tic­i­pate in the All- Star game,” New­ton coach Cortez Allen said. “He was a se­condteam All- Re­gion se­lec­tion for us and did an out­stand­ing job for us. I’m look­ing for him to have a big game dur­ing the All- Star game.”

While Richard­son’s New­ton de­fen­sive line and All- Re­gion con­tem­po­rary Kings­ley Ejike wasn’t named an Al­lS­tar, Richard­son will join West­ern Ken­tucky com­mit­ted Mar­cus Adams of Tri- Cities on the tal­ented line.

An­other tal­ented line­man is East­side’s An­to­nius Sims, who was re­cently named the Re­gion 8- AAAA De­fen­sive Player of the Year.

Sims fin­ished 2012 with 39 tack­les, in­clud­ing 12 for loss and four sacks in an in­juryshort­ened sea­son. The se­nior de­fen­sive end also forced two fum­bles, re­cov­ered two, in­clud­ing one for a touch­down and pres­sured the quar­ter­back four times.

“He’s well re­spected in the area, not just in this county, but all over the east metro area. As soon as I nom­i­nated him, I think it was a no­brainer for them to take him,” East­side coach Rick Hurst said. “From what I un­der­stand is go­ing on in prac­tice, he’s def­i­nitely hold­ing his own and hav­ing a hard time be­ing blocked by the of­fen­sive line­man.”

East­side’s other rep­re­sen­ta­tive is kicker Colton Smith, who had a big year set­ting an Ea­gles’ record with a 45yard field goal. Smith fin­ished with 57 points, con­nect­ing on 7 of 12 field goals and 36 of 37 ex­tra points. He also ex­celled on kick­offs, putting most of them into the end zone for touch­backs.

“I think he was a good pick,” Hurst said. “He had a great year for us in terms of kick­offs, and he only missed one ex­tra point all year.”

The east metro Al­lS­tar team has been prac­tic­ing through­out the week at Her­itage High School un­der the tute­lage of its head coach, the Pa­tri­ots’ Chad Fra­zier.

Fra­zier is helm­ing a staff of other area coaches, in­clud­ing East­side as­sis­tants Jay Cawthon as of­fen­sive co­or­di­na­tor, Troy Hoff as run­ning backs coach and Frankey Iver­son as wide re­ceivers coach.

“Not only play­ers but coaches are in­volved too so it’s a big honor,” Hurst said. “There’s only two or three Al­lS­tar games; the NorthSouth one is the big one but this one kicked off last year and I think it’s go­ing to con­tinue to grow.

“It’s al­ways fun to be picked as an All- Star and be af­fil­i­ated with some­thing like that when you’re picked as the best in the state and get to coach them too.”

For the play­ers, se­lected by the East and West Metro coach­ing staffs as nom­i­nated by their own coaches, it’s also a chance to show off in front of col­lege coaches one last time.

“There will be some scouts there, but scouts will like to see this game film know­ing they’re go­ing against some great com­pe­ti­tion,” Hurst said.

An­thony Banks /The Cov­ing­ton News

Four area play­ers were named D.L. Scott Coali­tion Bowl east metro All-Stars from the 2012 foot­ball sea­son’s se­nior class. Clockwise from top left are East­side’s All-Star An­to­nius Sims (2), New­ton’s All-Star Treyvon Richard­son (99), Al­covy’s All-Star David Rash (72) and East­side’s All-Star Colton Smith (42).

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