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Florida All-Stars edge Georgia in War of Border game

MOULTRIE — The Florida All-Stars took advantage of six turnovers to defeat Georgia, 20-16, in War of the Border All-Star game Saturday at Tom White Field at Mack Tharpe Stadium.

Georgia led, 13-10, at the half and extended its lead to six points when Dan Linze of Trinity High kicked a 42-yard field goal with 11:09 left in the third quarter.

But Florida immediately embarked on a 93-yard drive that ended on a 23-yard touchdown run by Wakulla High’s Will Thomas to give Florida at 17-16 lead with 5:55 left in the quarter.

Florida got a 30-yard field goal from Leon High’s Sean Allen later in the quarter and the defense did the rest.

Georgia managed just 39 yards of offense in the second half, while committing three turnovers.

Thomas’ touchdown came on a fourth-and-one and helped the Wakulla High running back earn the Florida team’s Offensive Player of the Game award.

Thomas was the game’s leading rusher with 62 yards on 16 carries, while Taylor County High quarterback Eli Grambling gained 42 yards on 14 carries for Florida.

East Gadsden County defensive lineman William Sweet was Florida’s Defensive Player of the Game.

Sweet and his defensive teammates held Georgia to just 127 total yards.

Lee County’s Thomas Wright was Georgia’s leading rusher with 36 yards on five carries and was named his team’s Offensive Player of the Game.

Three Georgia quarterbacks combined to complete 6-of-20 passes for 38 yards and throw two interceptions.

Thomas County Central’s Jonathan Esther was Georgia’s Defensive Player of the Game after intercepting two passes, one of which he returned 65 yards for his team’s only touchdown.

Many of these same Georgia All-Stars had better luck last week in the Georgia-Florida Border War All-Star Game in Tallahassee when Georgia rolled to a 48-20 victory.