By Chris Goltermann
There is no ‘off’ in the word offseason when it comes to high school football anymore. More than a month after the 2018 season officially came to a close for local athletes, some still were getting a chance to gain attention.
Newnan sophomores Michael Maginnis, Bryson Moss and Adam Rush all participated in the Georgia Athletic Coaches Association’s All-Star Classic games prior to the new year.
Moss earned MVP honors in the GACA Sophomore Game while helping lead the South squad to a victory. The effort was capped off by a long touchdown run in the fourth quarter with the team already leading the North comfortably 31-3.
Moss and Maginnis were both recently honored on the 2018 All-County First Team Offense for the Cougars.
Both the GACA All-Star Classic and the Georgia Elite Classic series held three games divided among seniors, juniors and sophomores.
East Coweta junior linebacker Deven Holmes was among at least four county players that took part in the Georgia Elite Classic’s series of games.
Holmes, who was an All-County Second Team honoree, recorded an interception in the event.
Northgate offensive lineman Luke Vega, an All-County honorable mention, and Trinity Christian’s Bryce Wilcox also competed in the Georgia Elite Classic’s respective contests for sophomores and freshmen.
In addition, Lions seniors Jalen Neal and Carson Walter also participated in the Georgia Elite Classic’s “Brain Bowl” as teammates. Walter had three tackles, a forced fumble and a pass breakup. Both were recently named to the 2018 All-County Second Team.
All-Star events haven’t been limited to high school players, though.
Four standouts from this year’s Coweta County Middle School Athletic League football season were teammates at the Elite Middle School All-Star Game in Charlotte.
They included Aaron Fenimore and Brandon Johnson from East Coweta, James Paige of Madras and Ashton Heflin of Evans. All four players helped lead teams to semifinal berths during the 2018 CCMSAL seasons.
In addition, Fenimore competed in the Georgia Elite Classic Middle School Game.
At least a pair of underclassmen have been invited to upcoming showcases including the 2019 National Combine in San Antonio held through Jan. 5.
Heritage School junior Brandon Scruggs received an invite for the combine, which is part of the annual All-American Bowl for high school players at the Alamodome.
Scruggs, who was named to the All-County First Team Offense after helping lead the Hawks to the GISA Class AAA Semifinals, also received an official invitation for the Football Hotbed 2018 National Junior Showcase on Jan 18-21 at McEachern High.
Further into 2019, Trinity Christian freshman quarterback David Dallas has an opportunity to participate in the upcoming Polynesian Bowl Combine and Showcase in Las Vegas on March 30-31. Dallas led the Lions’ JV squad this fall and afterward earned immediate playing time on the varsity with a chance to step behind center full time next fall for the Lions.