All-Star bowl gives high school seniors across Georgia scholarship chances

The 8th Annual Georgia Sports Alliance All-Star Football Game is Saturday at 1 p.m. Henderson Stadium.

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MACON, Georgia (41NBC/WMGT) – Some high school senior football players are getting one more chance to play before graduating. Student-athletes from across Georgia are hoping to score college scholarships this weekend.

It’s east Georgia versus west for the Georgia Sports Alliance All-Star Football Game. Friday night lights is over for these soon-to-be high school graduates, but some players are getting the chance to showcase their talents for the next level.

“I was raised, it was a lot of failure so I seen football as my way out, football and education, ” East Team Player Randy Green said.

For many players like Green and Nyshun Bell, football has helped keep them focused.

“It kept me out of trouble. It taught me hardships in life, how to get through things,” West Player Nyshun Bell said.

For some players, playing college football after they graduate high school is a dream come true.

“I don’t think it’s that much pressure because it’s what we all love to do. It really shouldn’t be that much pressure just to go out and do what we love to do,” East Team Player Scooter Risper said.

The regular season is over, but a select number of players from across Georgia get to play one more high school game.

“Coaches had to nominate them for the game so this is a testament of how hard they’ve worked over the last 4-years to get to this point where they have a chance to go and maybe get their college paid for by being a good football player,” East Team Coach Joaquin Sample

The selected student-athletes get to showcase their talents in front of college recruiters.

“They’re probably the hardest workers in the room. They’re probably kids who have great grades. They’re just all real good kids,” Sample said.

It’s not about who’s better, west or east.

“To us it’s really just like another game,” East Player Jatavion Williams said.

It’s another game to score college scholarships.

“Only 1-percent of athletes go to the NFL. I say so lets understand this opportunity that you have. Don’t let football take advantage of you, you take advantage of football,” EMC Football Operations Director Kacey Gee said.

Many of the players already have multiple college offers already. The 8th Annual Georgia Sports Alliance All-Star Football Game is Saturday at 1 p.m. Henderson Stadium.

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