Douglas County High School coach Jason Respert was chosen to be the offensive line coach for the Central Georgia Team and he will be accompanied by Tiger players Ellis Richardson, Terrell Gibson, Jermaine Burroughs, and Anthony Garner.
Chapel HIll and Lithia Springs will also be represented at the Senior Bowl. Going for Chapel Hill are Tre Mitchell and Daryl George. Attending for Lithia are Julian Morgan, Joe Ross, and Avonte Boyd. Lithia’s Zarron Harvey will also be there but will compete in the East-West game.
The Senior Bowl is just one of many games for the D.L. Scott Coalition event this weekend.
The all-day event will also showcase some of the top youth football talent in the Peach State.
The day will start with six youth games followed by the North Georgia vs. Central Georgia Senior All-star Bowl at 3 p.m. and the Atlanta East-West Metro Senior All-Star Bowl at 7 p.m.
“Our games are designed to showcase the most talented youth and high school football players in Georgia,” said D.L. Scott.
The North Georgia vs. Central Georgia Senior All-Star Bowl was added this year according to Assistant Bowl Director Buddy Knapp.
"Originally the DLS Coalition format included a Division II College all-star game, but when it did not develop the board of directors made the decision to add another high school game,” said the retired football coach. “As you look geographically along the Alabama border between Chattanooga and Columbus, you will find outstanding football towns, teams and traditions. Many of these schools play each other in the regular season and now have an opportunity to play together as a regional all-star team.
Frank Vohun, who is a former West Georgia College head coach and retired high school coach, will direct the Central Georgia squad.
“I’m real excited about this game,” Vohun said. “Each one of these young men who play in this game will have a great experience playing in the Georgia Dome representing their family and school.”
Vohun said when he was at West Georgia College he recruited this type game due to the kind of competition the kids played against.
“If a kid can play at this level of competition he can play,” Vohun said.
The veteran coach is selecting his Central Georgia team from Douglas, Carroll, Paulding, Polk, Harrelson, Troup and Heard counties.
The North squad, coached by North Murray head coach David Gann, will include Catoosa, Walker, Dade, Whitfield, Gordon, Chattooga, Murray, Fannin, Gilmer, Pickens, Cherokee, Bartow and Floyd counties.
“As I reflect on my coaching days at Carrollton in the 1980's we played many special games with teams from Dalton, Murray County, LaFayette, Ringgold, Chattooga and Rossville,” Knapp said.
Gann said he was excited to get the opportunity to coach the North stars and he was going to make the area proud.
“This is a huge honor," said Gann. "I'm putting together a great staff of coaches from many of the North Georgia schools. We have great coaching in the area. We also have some very talented players in this area and I believe we can put together a team that can compete with any all-star team in the state."
The D.L. Scott Coalition Bowl Youth Championship finals will begin at 8 a.m. with 6, 8, 10, 12 and 14 year-old games.
The original roster, unlimited weight youth football tournament begins play the first week of December leading up to the Dec. 22 date in the Dome.
The 6-under finals are set for 8 a.m., 8-under at a.m., 10-under at 10 a.m., 12-under at 11 a.m. and 14-under at noon.
The final youth game at 1 p.m. will be between the East Ridge Mustangs 12s and the defending state champion Calhoun Yellow Jackets.