By Chris Whitfield
After taking over the North Murray football program this year and guiding the team to its first .500 varsity season, Mountaineers coach David Gann was recently given another honor for all-star season.
Gann will lead the North Georgia All-Stars against the Central Georgia All-Stars as part of festivities for the D.L. Scott Coalition Bowl activities on Dec. 22 at the Georgia Dome.
Gann’s Mountaineers will be well represented on the team with four North Murray players on the roster — quarterback Brady Swilling, running back Christian Bukle, wide receiver Jacob Mays and tight end David Martin will all suit up for the North.
Seven other local players also join the North squad: Coahulla Creek defensive lineman Cordarius Tarver; Southeast Whitfield defensive end Jayro Perez; Northwest Whitfield linebacker Jarrod Far-mer; and Dalton defensive end Laighton Reese, linebacker Robert Hardaway, wide receiver Brandon Dale and offensive lineman B.J. Rowland.
The team will begin practicing Saturday at Dalton High’s McClurg Activities Center.
“I am excited to get to work with some of our seniors one more time and to see some of the top players in North Georgia on my sideline rather than on the other side,” Gann said.
“It is a lot of fun. I think we had about 30 high schools to choose from and had to cut it down to 50 players from about 130 nominees. I think we got the top 50 in the area, and to get a chance to coach some of the kids you competed against is very nice.”
The 50-man roster for the North includes players from schools in Catoosa, Walker, Dade, Whitfield, Murray, Gordon, Chattooga, Fannin, Gilmer, Pickens, Cherokee, Bartow and Floyd counties. Other notable names from the area include Ridgeland running back Darrell Bridges and Gordon Central quarterback MJ Reynolds.
Joining Gann on the coaching staff will be Coahulla Creek coach Jared Hamlin, Southeast assistant Alan Jackson, LaFayette assistant Jason Poteet (a former Dalton assistant) and North Murray assistants Chad Murray, Courtney Braswell, Cody Rainey and Marcus Jones. Coaches from Adairsville, Ridgeland, Gordon Central, Armuchee, Darlington, River Ridge and Ringgold also will serve as coaches.
“You see these guys at clinics in the offseason and talk with them throughout the season, but getting to work with them is something special,” Gann said. “We have a good fraternity among coaches, and it will be a lot of fun with a variety of coaches from the North Georgia area.”
Former West Georgia College coach Frank Vohun will coach the Central All-Stars, which will include Newnan defensive back Tray Matthews and Northgate defensive lineman DeAndre Johnson, who have both committed to Georgia.
The North-Central All-Star Game will be part of a day-long event at the Georgia Dome. In addition to the 3 p.m. contest involving local players, there will be six youth games beginning at 8 a.m. and the East-West Metro Atlanta All-Star Game capping the day at 7 p.m.