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Ga. All-Stars take on Fla. in annual 'Border Wars' football game today

Photo by Danny Aller

Photo by Danny Aller

MOULTRIE -- Southwest Georgia will be well-represented today in the 3rd annual "Border Wars" game featuring standouts from the Peach State vs. the Sunshine State in a contest that will be played at Tom White Field at Mack Tharpe Stadium in Moultrie.

Those playing will represent 17 Southwest Georgia high schools, including area programs Colquitt County, Mitchell County, Bainbridge, Westover, Monroe, Baconton Charter, Sherwood, Worth County, Dougherty, Seminole County, Americus-Sumter, Lee County and Pelham.

There are a total of 59 players -- including Albany Herald John Reynolds Player of the Year, Justin Walker -- taking part for the Georgia team, which will be coached by Colquitt County's Rush Propst, who led the Packers to the GHSA Class AAAAA state title game before falling short.

The game will allow the players another chance to perform in front of college recruiters.

"Last year, 72 players that played in this game were offered scholarships to play college football," said Bobby Latmore, president of Varsity Sports Management, which is sponsoring the game.

Georgia won the first Border War game in 2009, while Florida won last season's.

Local head coaches who will serve as assistants to Probst today include: Pelham's Jim Morrell, Sherwood's Reginald Mitchell, Mitchell County's Dondrial Pinkins, Americus-Sumter's Michael Pollard, Albany's Felton Williams, Worth County's Scotty Ward, Monroe's Charles Truitt and Westover's Octavia Jones.