East Hall senior Sedrion Morse remembers watching Georgia play Penn State in the TaxSlayer Bowl during his Christmas break two years ago.
At that point in his life, he had never played a single down of organized football. But after watching Bulldogs receiver Terry Godwin’s performance against Penn State, Morse decided to give the sport a shot.
“I saw the Georgia football game,” Morse said. “Terry Godwin caught a ball in the end zone against Penn State, and I said I should try football to see if I can do that.”
The senior Viking is glad he made that decision, which eventually led him to being one of the area players selected to play in the 2017 Georgia Athletic Coaches Association’s North-South All-Star Football Classic.
The event will consist of games for the sophomores (beginning at 11 a.m.), juniors (3 p.m.) and seniors (7 p.m.), which will all be held today at Freedom Field Stadium in Warner Robins. Joining Morse on the North all-star teams are 11 other area players from Flowery Branch, Gainesville, Chestatee, West Hall, East Hall and White County.
“It is an honor to be selected,” Morse said. “I told all my family and friends that I got selected.”
The East Hall wide receiver didn’t start his football career until his junior year due to concerns of being undersized. But now Morse, who also plays basketball for the Vikings, is experiencing the benefits of giving football a chance.
“It is just fun, and it is my way out of here,” Morse said. “It can help me go out and go to college and maybe become really good and play professionally.”
When Morse decided to join East Hall’s football team, he didn’t think he would ever receive this kind of accolade. Yet he now has offers from Georgia Military College and the University of Virginia’s College at Wise. Morse credited East Hall quarterback Austin Parker, his teammates and his family for getting him to where he is today.
Of course, his own skills played a role in his success.
“Just my ability to go after the ball and catch it, making defenders miss, my height and my jumping ability,” Morse said of his attributes.
Unlike Morse, Gainesville junior quarterback Tre’ Luttrell has been around football his entire life. As the son of Red Elephants defensive coordinator and strength coach Stan Luttrell, the North Junior team selection joked he has “been around football since out of the womb.”
Luttrell led Gainesville to a playoff berth in his first season with the program, and now he’s living out a childhood dream as a participant in the GACA all-star game.
“I think every kid who ever plays football dreams of playing in their all-star game,” the junior quarterback said. “I would play by myself. I would be the quarterback, offensive linemen, the wide receiver and running back.”
“It’s an honor ... just to play in that and play with some of the best athletes in the state of Georgia in my class will be super fun. I felt blessed and honored to be given that opportunity and to be recognized as one of the top athletes in the state.”
2017 North-South All-Star area players
Elijah Gainey (Flowery Branch, GACA North, Sophomore)
Chandler Watson (Gainesville, GACA North, Sophomore)
Hunter Chambers (Chestatee, GACA North, Sophomore)
Jordan Williams (Gainesville, GACA North, Sophomore)
Makius Scott (Gainesville, GACA North, Sophomore)
Michael Mintz (White County, GACA North, Junior)
Tre Luttrell (Gainesville, GACA North, Junior)
Nick Lyles (Chestatee, GACA North, Senior)
Keith Harris (Gainesville, GACA North, Senior)
Dayton Colbert (West Hall, GACA North, Senior)
Josh Taylor (West Hall, GACA North, Senior)
Sedrion Morse (East Hall, GACA North, Senior)