- Radi Nabulsi, Reporter, DawgNation
The 67th North-South Classic saw two University of Georgia football commits making key plays, as the North defeated the South 20-3 at historic A.J. McClung Stadium on Friday.
Quayvon Hicks (Blackshear, Ga./Pierce County), who is committed to the Bulldogs as a fullback, commanded numerous double-teams throughout the day while playing on the South’s defensive line. Hicks still managed to get a quarterback sack, and his high school teammate Jake Walker kicked a 28-yard field goal to give the South a 3-0 lead in the second quarter.
The North team’s punter, Georgia commit Collin Barber (Cartersville, Ga./Cartersville), had the special teams play of the day with an 80-yard punt. Barber kicked from his team’s own 20-yard line, the ball landing on the South 10-yard line and rolling into the end zone for a touchback.
The North team would go on to score 20 unanswered points with quarterback Kanler Coker (Flowery Branch, Ga./Flowery Branch) scoring on a 5-yard run with 15 seconds left in the first half. The entire North team stormed the field after the touchdown, reminiscent of the 2007 Georgia-Florida contest, in which the Bulldogs celebrated after their first score of the game by rushing en masse onto the field. An unsportsmanlike conduct penalty was assessed.
Michigan State commit Nick Tompkins (Snellville, Ga./Brookwood) extended the North team’s lead with a 76-yard touchdown run in the third quarter. Coker would also throw a 4-yard touchdown pass to Andrej Suttles (Dallas, Ga./East Paulding) in the only score of the fourth quarter.
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