Howard head coach David Cape’s first season with the Huskies has been completed for more than month.
But Cape has been hard at work this week, serving as a head coach for the Great Divide Game, a high school all-star game that will be played at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Ed DeFore Sports Complex.
The game features 120 seniors from Middle Georgia with players split into teams of players from schools east of the Ocmulgee River against players from schools west of the river. Wilkinson County’s James Hagins is the other head coach.
“It’s been an absolute awesome experience working with these young men,” Cape said. “We knew they were all outstanding athletes, but seeing their character and work ethic has been tremendous. They have all represented their schools and themselves very well, and they have all been impressive.”
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Cape said there was a full-pad practice Wednesday followed by two more Thursday. The teams had a walk through Friday morning.
“The coaching staff has been tremendous,” Cape said. “It’s an honor to be selected, just like it is for the players, but these coaches have to sacrifice time with their families to be here, and they have all done a terrific job.”
Hagins has been the head coach at Wilkinson County since 1996.
“Every Friday night during the season, I look across the field and see guys I wish I could coach, and this (is) the chance to do that.” Hagins said recently. “Georgia has had just one statewide all-star game, the GACA North-South in Columbus. Many Metro Atlanta counties have started all-star games, but Macon and Middle Georgia has gone without one until now. We definitely feel that we can make a difference for a lot of guys who probably should be getting noticed by colleges and universities.”