Barber, McMillan shine in Border Wars All-Star game

Monroe coach Charles Truitt coached the Georgia all-stars to a 48-20 win.

Monroe coach Charles Truitt coached the Georgia all-stars to a 48-20 win.

TALLAHASSEE — In a football game that featured more than 100 of the top high school seniors from Georgia and Florida, a handful of Southwest Georgia’s finest stole the show.

Georgia outscored Florida, 34-6, in the second half of the annual Border Wars All-Star game Saturday to win easily, 48-20.

Miller County’s T.T. Barber, who was the MVP of last week’s Georgia North-South All-Star Game in Columbus, was the offensive MVP of Saturday’s game. He played quarterback and ran for a touchdown and passed for a touchdown.

Monroe defensive lineman Vantrel McMillan was the game’s defensive MVP. He made 10 tackles and had four sacks and also caused two fumbles.

“T.T. Barber had a big game, and Vantrel had a real good game on defense,’’ said Monroe coach Charles Truitt, who was the head coach for the Georgia team.

Georgia struck first with a 22-yard pass from Mitchell County quarterback Derrick Davis to Albany High tight end Gerald Jenkins.

Davis racked up 153 passing yards and three touchdown passes in the win, and Westover’s Kenneth Towns caught a 40-yard TD pass.

On the ensuing drive, Florida retaliated by moving 82 yards and capping it off with a six-yard touchdown run by West Gadsden tailback Caleb Cook.

The Florida defense then forced a Georgia three-and-out, gaining great field position and setting up the two-yard touchdown pass from Aucilla Christian quarterback Trent Roberts to Williams.

The score was knotted up 14-14 at the half.

Barber played numerous roles on the field for the Georgia team. He took snaps at linebacker, tailback and quarterback.

Two minutes into the second half, Barber scored on a 17-yard dash to the end zone, giving Georgia a lead that it held the rest of the game.

“We played much better in the second half, both offensively and defensively,’’ Truitt said. “We were tied, 14-14, at halftime, and I think they realized they were in for a fight if they didn’t pick it up.

“In the first half, they weren’t playing as a team,’’ he said. “They were playing as individuals. It’s an all-star game and everyone wants to get their touches, but in the second half they came out and played as a team. They came out in the second half and rededicated themselves.’’