By Chan Davis
and I.C. Murrell
OF THE COMMERCIAL STAFF
Pine Bluff’s David Adams and Bryan Terry will suit up together for the West squad in the Arkansas High School Coaches Association All-Star football game 7 tonight at Reynolds Razorback Stadium in Fayetteville.
It will be the final high school effort for the duo that led the Zebras to an 8-5 record as seniors, finishing their prep careers in the Class 6A quarterfinals.
Adams, a 6-foot-3, 310-pound offensive lineman who recorded 30 pancake blocks last year, said he is looking forward to the affair before starting his college career at Arkansas-Pine Bluff in the fall.
“It means a lot to me and I am honored and blessed to be selected,” he said. “I just want to go in there and have fun and laugh. I am going to have the time of my life.”
Pine Bluff coach Bobby Bolding said Adams should have no problem performing at the next level.
“He really developed over the last two years of his career,” Bolding said. “He didn’t really play in junior high but came out his junior and senior year and performed well. He has a lot of tools and all the skills to help him at UAPB.”
And while Adams is sure of his future, Terry is still attempting to draw the attention of college coaches.
“I haven’t had any offers yet at this point,” the 5-foot-10, 240-pound defensive lineman said. “I think this game will help me get some attention and help them think about calling me.”
Terry was a major part of the defensive production for the Zebras, tallying 45 tackles, three sacks and a fumble recovery. But it was Pine Bluff’s 35-6 win over rival Watson Chapel he remembers most.
“Playing in that atmosphere against them was pretty cool,” Terry said. “I guess it’s playing against people you know and having bragging rights for the rest of my life.”
Bolding said Terry deserved the opportunity at the next level.
“He is one of the best defensive linemen I have ever coached,” he said. “You could take film on him and use it as instructional video for future defensive linemen.”
Terry said he would do his best to garner that attention in Fayetteville.
“I am just going to go show everyone that I am capable,” Terry said. “All I need is a shot and I will prove that I can hang in there with the best of them.”
The East roster includes two late additions from the 5A-Southeast Conference, White Hall linebacker/running back Tim Cook and Watson Chapel all-purpose standout Willie Sargent. Cook, The Commercial’s Southeast Arkansas Defensive Player of the Year, is planning to walk on at Arkansas, where his high school teammate Jeremy Sprinkle will play for the Razorbacks.
“I’m very excited to show people what I can do — again,” Cook said.
He did a lot with the Bulldogs. Cook totaled 174 tackles, including 11 sacks, and ran for 903 yards and 16 touchdowns on 121 carries in leading White Hall to the conference championship and 5A semifinals.
Playing at the UA will give Cook the advantage of showing his skills in front of Razorback scouts before the season begins.
“I can show them how I play and how I react to the ball rather than waiting a couple more months,” he said, adding Arkansas wants to use him as a linebacker.
Sargent, who received an academic scholarship to the UA, had 1,412 all-purpose yards and 12 touchdowns for Watson Chapel this past season. He totaled 943 yards and six touchdowns on 40 kickoff and punt returns.
“He’s certainly well-deserving,” Watson Chapel coach George Shelton said. “I know the (East) coach was very excited about getting him and putting him in the kick return game. I imagine he’ll get a few touches.”
Sprinkle and Rison’s Quanterio Heath also were selected to participate in the annual affair, though they will not play since they are signed to play at Arkansas and Arkansas State, respectively.
“He is already working out at ASU,” Rison coach Clay Totty said. “But this is still an honor for him and our program.”
Jerry Marshall, who played both ways for Totty, will participate after leading Rison with 1,800 rushing yards as a running back. He also doubled as linebacker.
“He is a very versatile player,” Totty said. “He played both ways for us and was a big part of our offense. He did a great job on defense and could be used in many ways in that game.”
Also on the East roster from Southeast Arkansas are: from McGehee, Dale Bass and Deondrai Haynes; and from Stuttgart, Ben Blankenship and Keith Humbert.