DeKalb All-Stars defeat APS All-Stars in inaugural game

The DeKalb County middle school all-star team. Photo by Mark Brock

The DeKalb County middle school All-Stars scored three times in the second half to knock off the Atlanta Public Schools All-Stars 18-0 in the inaugural DCSD-APS All-Star game at Hallford Stadium Nov. 19. 

The two teams battled to a 0-0 tie at the half as neither team could get much going on offense. DeKalb came out of the half driving 67 yards for the first score of the game aided by a personal foul penalty. 

Lithonia’s Narvin Booker got around the left end for 40 yards before getting knocked out of bounds at the APS two-yard line.

 Tucker’s Keeman Hayes finished the drive off with a 2-yard touchdown run for the 6-0 lead with 4:12 left in the third quarter. 

The two teams would battle back and forth into the fourth quarter when DeKalb stopped APS at the DeKalb 47-yard line to force a punt.

 Stephenson’s Kamar Wilcoxson fielded the punt at his own 15-yard line and headed to the right and up the sideline breaking a pair of tackles to race 85 yards for the touchdown. The score made it 12-0 with 5:34 to play.

 A short kickoff by DeKalb set APS up at its own 48 trailing by two scores. B.E.S.T Academy’s Keenan Cooper got the drive off to a good start with a 16-yard run around the left side to the DeKalb 36-yard line.

 The DeKalb defense got tough at that point, pushing APS backwards as Chapel Hill’s Khoreem Miller and Champion’s Jordan Grier had tackles for losses to force a fourth and 15. Miller Grove’s Zacchaeus Steeter broke through and chased APS quarterback Quindarius Sterling down for a 19-yard loss at the APS 40-yard line to force a turnover on downs.

 Two plays later, Grier scored for DeKalb going 38 yards for a game-clinching touchdown with 1:28 to play in the game.

 APS got one last possession but could not move the ball against DeKalb as time ran out in the game.
 DeKalb held APS to 52 yards of total offense, including 10 negative yardage plays, led by game MVP Khoreem Miller of Chapel Hill who was in the APS backfield for much of the game disrupting plays from his defensive tackle position.

 Booker was named the Offensive MVP with 72 yards rushing in the game. Bunche’s Deontre Morris was named the Defensive MVP for his gritty performance for APS.

 The rematch will be at Lakewood next year.

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