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BI player, coach in All-Star Classic
Vontavious Pennyman - photo by Phgoto by Patty Leon
Vontavious Pennyman, a senior at Bradwell Institute, was chosen as a defensive back for the 2007 Georgia Athletic Association North/South Football All-Star Classic set for 2 p.m. Saturday Dec. 29, at Memorial Stadium in Columbus.
As a senior defensive back for the Tigers, Pennyman was responsible for 21 tackles, assisted with seven and broke up five passes this past football season as the Tigers battled their way into the first round of playoffs.
The North/South Classic pits the top ranked seniors from the South against those from the North.
“This a great opportunity for Von,” Walsh said. “He is doing well and will get a lot of playing time. All these kids are great athletes and for them it is a great chance to show their stuff.”
Walsh said the players are chosen by the coaches representing different teams from the North and South. They base their selections on the recommendations of the coaches and the athletic abilities of the individual players.
“These are kids who can really play football,” Walsh said.
Pennyman will travel to Columbus along with Tiger head football coach Jim Walsh Jr., who was selected as one of the South’s team coaches.
“This is the third year in a row I was selected as the offensive-line coach,” Walsh said. “It’s really an honor to be able to be selected and be around such incredible athletes.”
Walsh said Pennyman was working hard on the defense and believed he was coping fairly well.
Pennyman’s mother, Jacokaliyn Williams, died suddenly, reportedly of a heart, attack on Nov. 25. The family was away from home for the funeral services when they received word someone had burglarized their home.
Despite these setbacks, Pennyman continues to display composure and places his thoughts and concentration at the game at hand.
“He’s been through a lot but he is doing well and being here is great for him and the rest of the kids,” Walsh said.
Also chosen from the Savannah area were Chaz Suttton and Franklin Green. Both seniors are from Jenkins High.
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