Georgia Elite Classic All-Star game recaps from Thursday

The 10th annual Georgia Elite Classic came to an end at Rome’s Barron Stadium with three all-star games Thursday between two middle school teams, the freshman/sophomore game and the junior/senior game.

All three games are being broadcast on PeachtreeTV and you can watch by following the link or checking out the game recaps below.

Middle School – National 28, American 14

Grant Hoviland caught two touchdown passes to help the National team to a 28-14 victory over the American team in the opening game of the 10th annual Georgia Elite Classic at Rome’s Barron Stadium.

Hoviland, a Milton tight end, made the most of his two receptions, scoring on a 6-yard pass from Pope quarterback Hudson Marinko and a 70-yard pass from Eagle’s Landing Christian Academy quarterback Luke Stansell.

“The biggest thing with these eighth-grade guys,” said National team head coach Joe Stokowski. “They were invited to this because they have elite-level talent. But the biggest thing to go with that, they’re going to learn the elite-level mental game. A lot of these guys can go out and play and they might not have anything bad happen to them. But with a group as talented as we had today, every single kid faced a little bit of adversity. When you get to high school, you’ll face adversity.”

The Nationals went up 7-0 on a 5-yard run from North Gwinnett’s Andrew Beard. The American team tied the game on a 21-yard pass from North Gwinnett quarterback Elam Rahman. Haviland’s 6-yard reception put the Nationals up 14-7 with 9:58 left in the second quarter. His 70-yard reception put the National team up 21-7 with 7:57 left in the third quarter.

“We try to tell them, never let a compliment go to your head and never let criticism go to your heart,” said American team head coach Dusty Phillips. “Now they must be able to handle being successful. Yes, sure, you did great. But what are you going to do next time?”

The American team scored on a 91-yard touchdown pass from Rahman to Long Cane wide receiver Davis Moncus with :47 left in the third quarter. The National team put the game away with a 17-yard pass from Newnan quarterback Hayes Maginnis to Athens Academy wide receiver Keyon Standifer.

Class of 2018 set to shine at Elite Classic

Stars align on Thursday, December 29 as the state’s top juniors from across Georgia travel to Walter H. Cantrell Stadium at McEachern High School in Powder Springs to test their skills at the Elite Junior Classic. Handpicked from all over the Peach State, talent will be aplenty as scouts keep an eye on what transpires.

Georgia Elite Classic schedules four all-star games

The fourth installment of the Georgia Elite Classic is poised for a high school football All-Star marathon on December 29 at McEachern High School that will showcase four games for the first time.

Last year saw the annual junior all-star game add a sophomore game for the first time. The sophomore and junior all-star games will once again be the showcase of the three days of activities, practice and competition. However, this year there will also be a B2C All-Star eighth-grade game and a senior game for the first time.

The eighth-grade game will start at 11 a.m., and with neighboring practice fields surrounding the stadium, the next teams can start warming up on schedule to keep the event running seamlessly with the sophomores following at 1 p.m. and the juniors at 4. At 7 and under the lights in an intriguing new format, the Georgia Elite Classic will showcase the state’s top uncommitted seniors. The selection process for the senior game began in November and gives college football hopefuls a chance to gain interest and boost their rank as National Signing Day sits barely a month away.

Born to Compete is teaming up with the Georgia Elite Classic to put on the eighth-grade game. Born to Compete or (B2C) is a media website for youth sports that offers coaches, family members, and young athletes from ages 6-14 an outlet to celebrate and support their athletic endeavors. B2C’s media coverage spans several states including Georgia, Maryland, Virginia, California, Alabama, New York, Rhode Island, Delaware, Michigan, Indiana, Kentucky, North Carolina, Arizona, Florida, Louisiana, Texas, Ohio, and Tennessee.

With four all-star games, the Georgia Elite Classic Showcases has already held four showcases throughout the state in Warner Robins, Richmond Hill, Gwinnett County and Walton High School, presenting opportunities for players to earn a place in December’s games.

The last showcase is Dec. 18 at McEachern and there is still time to sign up.



Photo By Jeff Martin, XOS