Local Tennessee All Star Football Players Enjoying All Star Experience Ahead of Saturday’s Game With Georgia
Chattanooga-(WDEF) The local Tennessee-Georgia All Star football game kicks off Saturday night at McCallie.
And for the Tennessee squad, the players are enjoying the All-Star experience.
Kids want to end their high school football being called champs. But being called an All-Star is not a bad way to end your high school career either.
Said Red Bank’s Courtney Stamper,"It’s a huge honor. Everybody out here is great. And that makes me great too because I’m out here apart of this team."
Added Red Bank’s Malik Davis,"To be on this team is a huge honor. I wanted to play in it since my brother played in it during his senior year too."
Teaming up with former opponents is always unique.
Said Soddy Daisy quarterback Hunter Maynor,"I handed the ball off to the Ooltewah running back earlier. I said this is pretty awesome. Get to play with everybody."
Said Signal Mountain lineman Chris Moore,"It’s kind of weird. We were rivals in the season, and now we’re playing with them."
And Chris Moore nearly had one All Star, seeing stars with a big hit on Maynor.
Said McCallie linebacker Kerrington Wilson,"Our defense has a little personality. They like to run around and hit you. Chris (Moore) hit the quarterback today, and he hit him pretty hard."
Big licks in the trenches is what a coach loves to see.
Said Notre Dame coach Charles Fant,"Always starts with your offensive lines and defensive lines. Even in the All Star games, when your line gets it, then you usually perform really well."
The Tennessee All Stars have talent, but they only have a week to become a team.
Said Fant, who is the Tennessee head coach,"Well I told them we’re going to approach this like it’s a Friday night football game even though we’re playing on Saturday. We have a goal. We know that we want to play well. We want to represent our schools the best that we can. But when it’s all said and done, we’re a family now. We’re a group, and this group wants to be successful."