Local students to compete in 18th annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl

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Briarcrest’s Omari Thomas was recently named to the 18th annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Team. Photo by Dana Goode

The 18th annual AutoZone Liberty Bowl High School All-Star Game presented by ARS/Conway Services and the Tennessee Highway Safety Office will feature the top high school seniors representing Shelby County Schools and private schools in the Memphis area.

Each player was selected on the basis of his character, his on and off-field achievements and his classroom performance.

Six semi-finalists for the state of Tennessee’s Mr. Football Award are among this year’s All-Star Game participants: linebacker Bryson Eason from Whitehaven High School, offensive/defensive lineman Omari Thomas from Briarcrest Christian School, running back Jabari Small from Briarcrest Christian School, linebacker/fullback Austin Hill from Evangelical Christian School, running back Terry Wilkins of Fairley High School and running back Lincoln Pare from Houston High School.

Eason led a formidable Whitehaven defense with 63 tackles during the regular season and is committed to the University of Tennessee.

Thomas is the anchor of the Briarcrest offensive and defensive lines and is one of the top lineman recruits in the country. Small is committed to Ole Miss and rushed for 1,377 yards and 22 touchdowns during the regular season for Briarcrest. Hill, who is committed to Army, recorded 61 total tackles and 23 tackles for loss during the regular season for ECS. Wilkins scored 15 touchdowns while amassing 967 rushing yards for Fairley during the regular season. Pare led the area in rushing yards with 2,102 and scored 25 touchdowns in the regular season for Houston.

Gene Robinson, the head coach at Fairley High School, will coach the Red Team and Preston Harris head coach Douglass High School will lead the Blue Team. “With these two outstanding head coaches leading the teams and the abundance of talent that will be featured in the game, we will continue the tradition of excellence the All-Star Game has established over the past seventeen years,” said Steve Ehrhart, Executive Director of the AutoZone Liberty Bowl.

The All-Star Game will be played Dec. 14 at Memphis University School. Kickoff is at 2:30 p.m. Tickets cost $10, for kids 6 and under the cost is $5. Tickets may be purchased through the AutoZone Liberty Bowl ticket office by calling 795-7700. The game will be televised live on WLMT CW30 and broadcast on radio on Sports 56/87.7 FM/96.1 FM.

RED TEAM

Dorius Bell-Bartlett, Nick Johnson-Brighton, Trentin Hopper-Central, Kobe Perkins-Central, Darin Turner-Central, Ian Peagues-East, Josh Hartsuff-ECS, Austin Hill-ECS, Josiah Tingley-ECS, Cole Putnam-FACS, Calil Doby-Fairley, Jalen Harris-Fairley, Anthony Poindexter-Fairley, Terry Wilkins-Fairley, Sacario Abston-Hamilton, Myles Neely-Harding Academy, Sammie Kuykendall-Hillcrest, Grayson Hitt-Houston, Lincoln Pare-Houston, Morgan Scott-Houston, Dominique Spencer-Kingsbury, Ocasio Nelson-MAHS, Zach Stevenson-MASE, Charles Grandberry-Melrose, Cody Hopkins-MUS, Keithran Hopson-MUS, Hunter Kendall-MUS, Devin Malone-MUS, Devonte Nelson-MUS, Ben Skahan-MUS, Germaine Key-Overton, Caleb Johnson-Sheffield, Steve Guy-Southwind, Romal Webb-Southwind, Dante Carrasco-St. Benedict, Kai Norris-St. Benedict, Christian Williams-Westwood, Bryson Eason-Whitehaven, Martavius French-Whitehaven, Keyshawn Harris-Whitehaven, Tamarion McDonald-Whitehaven, Rodney Bridges-Wooddale, Kylan Grant-Wooddale, John Jones-Wooddale and the Red Team coaching staff members are Head Coach Gene Robinson-Fairley and assistant coaches James Thomas-Houston, Edgar Williams-Overton, Quintin Jones-Kingsbury, Joey Lowe-FACS and Marlon Walls-St. Benedict.

BLUE TEAM

Mitchell Faulkner-Arlington, Jayden Thompson-Bolton, Christian Green-Briarcrest, Marlon Hampton-Briarcrest, Carrington Kelsey-Briarcrest, Reggie Neely-Briarcrest, Rodney Newsom-Briarcrest, Jabari Small-Briarcrest, Omari Thomas-Briarcrest, Perreon Gates-BTW, Al Wooten-CBHS, Mitch Austin-Collierville, Jared Dawson-Collierville, Caleb Myers-Collierville, Jaquarien Irving-Cordova, Tyler Jordan-Cordova, Joshua Hastings-Cordova, Myles Starks-Covington, Kelvin Oliver-Craigmont, Gabriel Brittman-Douglass, Eric Davis-Douglass, Tim Marmino-Fayette Academy, Isaiah Conner-Freedom Prep, Cortney Tate-Freedom Prep, Anthony Walker-Freedom Prep, Marcus Askew, II-Germantown, Tyler Read-KIPP, Tamarious Brown-Kirby, LaCalvin Wilson-Kirby, Jonas Hart-Lausanne, Deris Jackson-Lausanne, Ja’Noah Mallory-Manassas, Keon McGaughty-Middle College, Kennedy Wilbert-Middle College, Tommy Clifton-Millington, Christian Green-Mitchell, Isaiah Hemingway-MLK Prep, Carson Roberson-Munford, Lance Saulsberry-Northpoint Christian, Jesse Beebe-Oakhaven, Eddaryus Brooks-Oakhaven, Peyton Corley-Raleigh-Egypt, Cody Daniels-Ridgeway, Jordan Smith-Ridgeway, May-Tipton-Rosemark, DeVarious Wright-Trezevant, Ray Curry-White Station and Blue Team coaching staff members are Head Coach Preston Harris-Douglass and
assistant coaches Brian Stewart-Briarcrest, Lennoris Staples-Middle College, Mike Mosby-Oakhaven
Terrance Ayers-KIPP and Larry Franklin-Raleigh-Egypt.