Hurricane stiff-arm

Alfred King (1) of Monroe Area holds off Walnut Grove’s Dashun Smith in a fight for yardage during the first half of the Walton County rivals’ game Friday, Sept. 4, 2015. Host Walnut Grove led at halftime, but the Purple Hurricanes rallied for a 28-27 victory.

Monroe Area and Loganville will renew their football rivalry one more time before the year’s up later this month.

The two area schools will be well represented at the third annual Fellowship of Christian Athletes Area All-Star game on Dec. 18 at Clarke Central High School in Athens.

Each will send five players to the game, which will features some of the top senior talent in northeast Georgia. Also represented will be Walton’s four other high school football programs. All totaled, 18 area athletes will participate.

The teams will be divided into a White and Blue squad with 11 different high schools represented on each team. Walnut Grove head coach Ben Reaves, who earned his 100th head coaching victory earlier this season, will coach the White team.

“It’s a real honor and a blessing, especially with an organization like FCA,” Reaves said. “Of course, I love coaching football, so any chance I have to get out there and do it I the field it’s great.”

Joining Reaves’ staff will be Loganville head coach Mike Humphreys, who will serve as defensive coordinator.

Madison County head coach Chris Smith will led the blue team.

George Walton (three players), Social Circle (one), and Monroe Area will compete for the Blue team and Walnut Grove (two), Loganville Christian (two) and Loganville will play for the White squad.

Among the local entries includes Monroe’s Alfred King, the county’s leading receiver; LCA’s John Heart, who rushed for nearly 1,200 yards; and Loganville’s Cameron Taube, who recorded over 100 tackles for the second straight year.

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