Coached by Ed Printz, the father of former Lassiter quarterback Eddie Printz, Team Georgia’s victory over Top Gun (Ill.) in the championship came down to a defensive stop 3 yards from the end zone and. Woodstock’s Jacob Schoeb stepped up to make the game-winning interception.
Team Georgia played five games in the tournament, winning them all.
“It’s humbling, and that the same time, very exciting,” Printz said. “I couldn’t be more proud of my boys, and we wouldn’t be been able to do this without the support of coaches in Cobb County.”
Eddie Printz called the offensive plays for Team Georgia. He made the two-hour trip east from Columbia, Mo., where he’s already enrolled at the University of Missouri.
Walton’s Price Wilson, expected to take the place of Parker McLeod as the Raiders’ starter this fall, earned MVP honors. Allatoona linebacker Justin Wade was the defensive MVP, and Lassiter safety Daniel Fabiniak won the Outstanding Player award.
The Cobb-heavy Team Georgia roster also included Walton linebacker Dreyon Williams and safeties D.J. Smith and Tiquar Stewart, and Lassiter wide receiver Duby Nuabi and defensive back Chris Murphy, Allatoona receiver Tony Perkins, Harrison receiver Dravon Jones and Hillgrove receiver Emanuel Beal, who played for Wheeler last fall.
Ware County sophomore Gordon Dudley, the son of former Walton coach Ed Dudley, was also on the roster.
The Heartland tournament allowed the rising seniors to gain college exposure from visiting scouts.
Wilson has had a busy offseason with hopes of following McLeod as Walton’s quarterback and has received offers from Eastern Kentucky, Louisiana Tech and Marshall.
Wilson made five starts at quarterback as a junior, after McLeod hurt his ankle in the fifth game of the season, and threw for 598 yards, four touchdowns and five interceptions.
Wade, who is coming off a 144-tackle season with Allatoona — the county’s third-best total — is also expected to be high on the college radar his senior season.
Missouri, Eastern Kentucky and Iowa have shown interest in Beal and Murphy during the offseason.