Valdosta Daily Times

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December 13, 2012

Chasing a state title

All-Stars compete Sunday for a chance to play in the Georgia Dome

VALDOSTA — They call themselves the TitleTown All-Stars. And naturally, they are trying to win a title.

The TitleTown All-Stars, a team comprised of 10-year-old football players from the Valdosta Boys and Girls Club, have gone deep into the National Preparatory Football Association’s Southern National Championships state football playoffs. They are one win away from playing for a state championship.

The All-Stars will face the Clarke Youth Association Raiders from Athens on Sunday in Conyers (unless a forecast of inclement weather forces the game to be moved to Saturday).

If they win that game, they will advance to the NPFA’s state championship game at the Georgia Dome in Atlanta — a stadium that has hosted Super Bowls, Olympic events, the Final Four, the Southeastern Conference’s football championship game and the high school football state championship games. That game would be held Dec. 22.

“These kids have been together for (a few years),” head coach Jarrid Brown said. “They’ve always done well. ... I think they’re all good kids, and I think they’ve all got a bright future in this game if this is the route they choose to go.”

Brown has been coaching youth football for 13 years, and has seen many talented players and teams come through the Boys and Girls Club. He thinks this team is one of the best.

“Compared to teams I’ve had in the past, I’d say this team ranks in the top two or three,” he said. “I really haven’t seen many flaws in them.”

Since coming together in November, the team has won the Turkey Bowl in Tifton, the Timber Bowl in Patterson and the Citizens Bowl in Ocilla.

Brown coached most of the players when they were eight. As eight-year-olds, their team went 22-0. As 10-year-olds, the All-Stars are currently 17-2.

On offense, the All-Stars run the wishbone, an offense that Brown became a fan of many years ago when he played at Waycross High School. The All-Stars have the personnel to run that offense, with a big fullback (Robby Quiggins), two fast halfbacks (Arendez Fedd and Justin Rome), a fast quarterback (Joshua Brown) and a big offensive line.

“Offensively, my philosophy is I want to knock them straight back and run straight at them,” Coach Brown said. “If we can continue to control the line of scrimmage, I think we’re going to win this whole tournament. I really do. I think we can out-athlete anybody.”

On defense, the All-Stars use several different fronts, sometimes running a 6-2 defense (another thing that Brown learned while playing at Waycross), and sometimes using a 5-3 or a 5-2.

The members of the TitleTown All-Stars are: Joshua Brown, Ferringhetti Brown, Walker Corbett, Noah Hart, Justin Lee, I.J. Mitchell, Byron McKelvin, Robby Quiggins, Justin Rome, Jack Spells, Bryer Touchton, MarkAnthony Audain, Shawn Martin, Arendez Fedd, Isaiah Williams, Tiberius Drocea, Carter Holley, Dexter Withers, Jaiden Williams, Jaylon Jones and Will Steinberg. The coaches are Jarrid Brown, Ed Mitchell, Joe High, Robby Van Allen, Jake Corbett and Shawn Martin.

In addition to excelling on the field, Brown says most of the players are also good students. Several of them are straight-A students.

“They are student-athletes,” Brown said.

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