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Two Gators head to all-star game
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Darion Carter, left, and Ethan Lovett will represent Bulloch Academy in the 2007 GISA All-Star football game Saturday in Macon. - photo by Special
    An honor and a privilege are the sentiments expressed by Bulloch Academy seniors Darion Carter and Ethan Lovett after they were selected to play in the 2007 Georgia Independent School Association (GISA) All-Star football game this Saturday in Macon.
    “I thank the good Lord for this opportunity,” said Lovett. “It is a real privilege to have been selected to participate in this game.”
    The event, slated for 1 p.m. in Mike Gavin Stadium at Mount de Sales’ Cavalier Fields, features 56 players who represent teams from all three classifications of the GISA. There are 28 players per team and both Carter and Lovett were selected as wide receivers/defensive backs for the Red squad.
    “I’m glad I’m going to the all-star game,” said Carter. “It is an honor to have been selected out of so many talented players from around the state.”
    The players for each all-star team were selected by the all-star coaches, who were nominated by their peers in the GISA Coaches Association. The players were picked by position from all senior football players in the GISA, regardless of classification.
    “There were only five receivers chosen and two of them were from right here,” said BA head football coach Clint Morgan. “It goes to show just how good they really are, especially when they were chosen from a predominately running football team. They have both worked really hard to make this possible and they are both very deserving.”
    Both Carter and Lovett had stellar seasons for the Gators, who finished the year with an 8-3 record.
Lovett rushed for 628 yards on 74 carries and scored six touchdowns, caught 20 passes for 311 yards and five TDs, had an average of 24.1 yards per kickoff return and 19.2 yards per punt return. On defense, he had 51 individual tackles, 28 assists, eight tackles for loss, two fumble recoveries and one interception. Lovett also set a new school record for career touchdown receptions (12).
    Carter caught 27 passes for 533 yards and nine touchdowns, rushed for 80 yards and three touchdowns, had an average of 21.3 yards per kickoff return and 12.5 yards per punt return. On defense, he recovered a fumble and had an interception for a score. Carter was Bulloch’s leading scorer with 78 points and set a new school record for touchdown receptions in a season (nine).
    Other area players who were selected for the Red team are Pinewood Christian Academy’s Dentley Crews, Lane Miller, Gordon Warnell and Zac Kiney. PCA head football coach Keith Wasson will help coach the Red team. Steve Price from Trinity Christian School in Dublin will coach the Blue squad.