This year’s Future Stars game is in the books and it proved to be the best one yet with amazing competition on the field. The three games gave spectators great match ups on the field and also gave great moments of exposure for the players.
The two teams went at it in the first half. Joseph McKay (Team GA) was the show on offense and defense. McKay made an impact on the game early with a couple of big plays early which led to a 14-7 lead for GA. Then Amari Daniels (Team Florida) would take over on offense for Team Florida with big play after big play, including a 65 yard catch and run on a swing pass where he stiff armed the defender, made others miss and then turned on the jets and raced into the end zone. After that tremendous play, Laurence Seymour looking like the second coming of Ndamukong Suh, would dominate the defensive line by constantly getting in the backfield and destroying the running lanes and also the quarterbacks.
Team Florida would eventually win the game 44-20.
This game was a classic! Both teams played quality football. It was fast, physical and the plays were executed at a high level. Just as was predicted, Jamari Pringle proved again that he is the most talented player when it comes to skill players out of the GA and FL 2020 class, excluding quarterbacks. Pringle dominated early and often. The quality running by Andre Springfield and Joevon Turner also made an impact on the game. Turner made defenders miss left and right while Springfield was reeling off big run after big run. On defense Jesus Machado was a beast! Machado put on a show with his hand in the dirt. At one point Machado had so many plays in a row it felt like there was three of him out there on the field. All of Florida’s efforts would lead to a 10-0 lead for Florida. But then Mike Wright, the QB for Georgia, went into the phone booth and came out with the cape on as he led his team roaring back by hooking up with Zaire Thornton on a pitch and catch for a touchdown, bringing the score to 10-6 before the half. On defense Georgia would make the switch to put Javier Morton a 5”10 DB on Team Florida’s top WR and Morton would respond by making multiple plays on the ball, limiting the Florida receivers to no big plays in the second half. With the help of the defensive line which included phenomenal plays by Tyler Roach and Aderrius Barron.
Mike Wright would once more come up big as he led his team down inside the 10 and with a minute left in the game and calling his own number, he would fake the dive, keep the ball and take the ball up the middle, running through the defender, leaning over the goal line and scoring the game winning touchdown.
Team Georgia would win the game 13-10.
Team Florida came into the game a huge favorite and who could blame anyone for picking them. With over thirty offers on the Florida side, Team Georgia was an overwhelming underdog. Florida had multiple All Americans including Anthony Solomon, Tyler March, Kenny McIntosh, Jonathan Ealey and James Cook. Two things Team Georgia had going for them was a great secondary that could matchup with anyone and a defensive line that could elevate a team into legendary status. Nolan Smith, Keiondre Jones, Richard Russell and Derrick McClendon would put on a show that hasn’t been seen since Team Georgia won the FBU National Championship with Jamaree Sayler, Realus George and Robert Cooper. As a unit, this defensive line might be better. Florida would have their moments but the great defense by Team Georgia was too much as they would play Cover 0 for 97% of the game. They would score two touchdowns on defense including a pick 6 by Malik Washington and a scoop and score by Keiondre Jones late in the game. With the defensive line eating up the blocks, the only true challenge was to see if the linebackers would hold up and they did as Xavier Billingsley, Charles Thomas (B2C Defensive Player of the Year) and Jamel Starks who could have easily been named MVP of the game played big.
Team Georgia would win the game 16-6.