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Top athletes named to all-star game
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Six of Newton County's top athletes will continue their football careers on the gridiron next week as part of the 2013 D.L. Scott Coalition Bowl Senior All-Star Game.

Alcovy and Eastside will both send three representatives to the team.

The Tigers headline the East's defensive unit, sending a pair of defensive linemen and a linebacker to the squad.

Alcovy defensive linemen Curtis Benton and Ryan Adams will join linebacker Okon Godwin on the East team this season.
Benton led the Tigers with 96 total tackles this season, including 77 solo tackles. Benton paced Alcovy with 25 tackles-for-loss, including a team-high 15 sacks.

The senior forced three fumbles, while scoring a defensive touchdown this season.

Adams finished just behind Benton with 72 tackles along the defensive line, tallying 50 solo takedowns. Adams also recorded double-digit tackles-for-loss, with 13 on the season, while recording eight sacks. Adams was also responsible for a knockdown and a safety for the Tigers in 2013.

Rounding out the Alcovy representatives was Godwin, who finished the year with 80 total tackles.

Godwin recorded 53 solo tackles, with six tackles-for-loss. Godwin was a terror in the middle of the field, intercepting five passes, while scoring twice on the defensive side of the ball.

Joining their fellow county participants on the East All-Star team are Obie Mash, Jomandi Smith and Jamal Hardge of Eastside.

Mash was a unit leader for the Eastside offensive line in 2013, helping the Eagles to tally more than 1,800 yards rushing on the ground this year and 19 scores. Mash was named the Eagles’ Offensive Player of the Week against Walnut Grove when the Eagles rushed for 234 yards and four touchdowns.

Smith led Newton County in rushing from the running back position in 2013, rushing for 769 yards and 11 touchdowns on 118 carries for the Eagles this season. Smith averaged 6.5 yards a carry, while also grabbing 15 passes for 154 yards and a score. Smith also returned 13 kickoffs for 282 yards, averaging 24.4 yards per kick return.

Rounding out the Eagles' representatives is Hardge, who led the Eagles in total tackles with 79 takedowns, recording 49 solo tackles and two tackles-for-loss. Hardge broke up six passes for Eastside, and was named the Eagles’ Special Teams Player of the Week against Lumpkin County. Hardge also averaged 28.5 yards per kickoff return, returning one kick back for a score this season.

Seven Rockdale County football players were also named to the East All-Star roster, including Rockdale County's Julian McKnight, Kentavious Preston and Shakym Peters, Heritage's Chandler Peeples and Donovan Norfleet, and Salem's Licash Lackey and Quintavious Byrd.

The D.L. Scott Coalition Bowl Senior All-Star Game's mission is to reward participants for their effort, commitment and dedication to Georgia high school football.

The event provides supplementary exposire for student-athletes seeking scholarshop opportunities, allowing them to showcase their talents and compete against Georgia's best.

The event will be held Dec. 21 at the Georgia Dome.

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