Columbus, Ga.--The buzz around Thursday's Georgia Athletic Coaches Association All-Star football game wasn't about who was playing, it was about who wasn't.
Auburn commitment Chris Slaughter of state champion Peach County High School broke his hand recently in a basketball game and will be out of action for four to six weeks. "I broke the bone on the top of my hand," says Slaughter. "I'll have to wear this thing for a few weeks," he adds, pointing to the restrictive cast on his right hand.
The North won the game 20-10 behind the passing of Tucker's Dwayne Harris and the running of Collins Hill High's Rock Robinson. Robinson was named MVP for the North squad as he rushed for 57 yards on 14 carries.
The South was led by Upson Lee wide receiver Eldred King who had 3 catches for 45 yards, including a spectacular 29 yard reception for a touchdown. D'Vontrey Richardson from Lee County was the South's MVP as he passed for 124 yards.
The most impressive performance of the day for either team came from defensive end Eric Norwood of North Cobb. Playing weak side end, Norwood accounted for eight tackles, including three quarterback sacks. The South squad rotated three different tackles to try to stop Norwood, but none had much success. "I hope this improves my chances for some more offers. Right now I'm still committed to Oklahoma State, but that's about 50-50. I'm still looking at South Carolina and after today I hope to get a couple more offers," Norwood says.