Sandy Creek’s Isaiah Johnson, NE Macon’s Michael Palmer are MVPs of GACA All-Star football game

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Hutson Mason and Connor Shaw, the highly-touted quarterbacks for the North team, combined for a pair of touchdown passes in the fourth quarter of the 27-20 loss to the South in Tuesday’s GACA All-Star high school football game.

The South, led by Northeast Macon’s Michael Palmer, built a 24-0 advantage before allowing any points. Palmer threw a 55-yard touchdown pass, and also had a 70-yard scoring reception.

With 27 seconds remaining in the third, the North finally got on the scoreboard after a 52-yard fumble return by Sandy Creek’s Isaiah Johnson.

In the final minutes, Mason connected with Alpharetta’s Michael Bennett on a 28-yard touchdown pass. They have both pledged to sign with UGA.

For Sandy Creek DB Isaiah Johnson (No. 37 in white jersey), December has been the best football month of his life. Johnson has committed to Georgia Tech (AJC file)

For Sandy Creek DB Isaiah Johnson (No. 37 in white jersey), December has been the best football month of his life. Johnson has committed to Georgia Tech (AJC file)

Shaw, who has committed to South Carolina, threw a 15-yard scoring strike to Blessed Trinity’s Jake Skole.

Johnson, who recently led Sandy Creek to its first-ever state championship, was the North MVP. The hard-hitting safety has committed to Georgia Tech.

Palmer was the South MVP, while LaGrange’s Joe Mansour booted field goals of 46 and 27 yards for the South.

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December 29th, 2009
7:53 pm


December 29th, 2009
7:54 pm


December 29th, 2009
8:27 pm

Skole is going to GT too – hacks.


December 29th, 2009
8:29 pm

sims great athlete no qb,conner shaw very smart could become big time qb under spurrier, mason has size and ability to be a pro type qb,may never get the chance at ga where 5′10 qbs are what they like,however marshall kid is what you win championships with can get it done if he goes to ga.can’t help but be the qb with mason backing him up only place he probably wouldn’t be as good is in the tech offense

Steve Spurrier

December 29th, 2009
9:07 pm

Very excited about Conner Shaw/. Come on over to Cola.


December 29th, 2009
9:09 pm

any quails in Shreveport?

Bank Walker, Texas Ranger

December 29th, 2009
9:19 pm

Asa, agree, Sims is awful. Shaw legit. And Marshall is the one we want, Mason shouldn’t keep him away. No contest between the two. Don’t agree with the 5′10″ though. Stafford was pretty good, loyalty got the best of Richt.


December 29th, 2009
10:34 pm

Hey ramble on,

8 out of 9…..HAHAHAHA!!!!!

Buck Belue

December 29th, 2009
11:06 pm

YellerSkeeters are PeterEaters!

December 30th, 2009
3:50 am

Ramble on straight to Hell!

Bobbi Dud

December 30th, 2009
6:24 am

When the Jackets wet their pants against Iowa..Johnson will blame the defense like that’s not his team too!


December 30th, 2009
7:29 am

Enjoyable comments until the TEch/GA fans have to start trash talking! Give it a break!


December 30th, 2009
8:07 am

Mr. Carvell, or anyone else who can answer.

Michael Palmer, this is the first time I have heard of him, any idea if he is going to college for football? I know that NE Macon is not usually considered a bastion of academic excellence, so will grades be an issue for him?

Also, on Skole, will he be playing baseball and football in college, or is he a possible high draft pick in the MLB draft?

Where is the kicker, Mansour going? Sounds like a possible prospect.


Come on Asa

December 30th, 2009
8:54 am

David Green 6;2, Shockley 6′2, Staff, 6′3, Murry 6′1 put down the crack


December 30th, 2009
9:13 am

Mike Palmer is being recruited to play CB by some schools,he wants to play basketball and has offers there also,averaging 30 a game for the undefeated Northeast Raiders of Macon. 4 year starter at QB for NE

Mansour has committed to Kentucky

dont know about Skole

The SOUTH dominated the NORTH,except for the late TD passes. So much faster up front.
lol…at all those blue-chippers!!!!


December 30th, 2009
10:04 am

((((((((((((((((((((((((((((8 of 9))))))))))))))))))))))))))))))) hahahahahah

Tim Tebow's Tears

December 30th, 2009
10:23 am


December 30th, 2009
10:30 am

to be committed to go the ga. tech…a future flagboy!!! 30 to 24 firefly nation 330 more days till next year! OH AND ….that game meant everything to TECH…lmfao


December 30th, 2009
12:08 pm

Anyone who comments on this board is an IDIOT!!!!………..DOH

GT Brill

December 30th, 2009
1:14 pm

Pretty sure that Connor Shaw is Jaybo’s brother, FWIW. It definitely is if he played at Flowery Branch.

anyone notice that

December 30th, 2009
1:27 pm

tim tebow looks and sounds like Liberace?

SC Fan

December 30th, 2009
1:29 pm

Can Todd or Micheal please tell me how Rajion Neal didnt make the team?


December 30th, 2009
2:55 pm

shreveport? something to poke the ole chest out about… yeah OK BWAHAHAHAHA


December 30th, 2009
4:31 pm

Mansour has comminted to Kentucky.


December 30th, 2009
4:32 pm

Hye ASA, name me ONE quarterback at UGA that was 5′10″ tall. You have no idea what you are talking about. Let’s see, David Greene – 6′4″, Schockley – 6′4″, Stafford – 6′3″, Cox -6′0″. While your at it, how about breaking out the old English book and look up capitalization and punctuation.


December 30th, 2009
4:39 pm

Hey doggies, leave the little Techster’s alone with that 8 out 9 stuff or I’ll tell everyone how many you guys have lost to us in the last 20.

big texs

December 30th, 2009
5:16 pm

Q.Brown from Tucker HS was the MVP he was unstopable the kid from sandy creek made one playe the whole game.Who did the voting.

paul johnson's gay lover

December 30th, 2009
5:25 pm

This is a crappy article and didn’t really tell me much about the game. Thanks for nothing.


December 31st, 2009
7:46 am

I attended the game and was honestly not impressed with Hutson Mason or Connor Shaw. Shaw is the better of the 2 qb’s as it appeared that Hutson Mason had trouble avoiding the south pass rush and getting the ball down field to open receivers many times. Connor Shaw appeared to have more upside at the next level. The north offensive line seemed to struggle against the south linemen. The north offense which was some type of wingT did not complement the talented running backs or receivers that were on the field. The South coaching staff appeared to have the boys much more prepared that the boys on the north team; perhaps it was the offensive plays did not complement the talent on the north team. Congtrats to the boys who were named to the team and it’s great that none of the boys got injured.

city slicker

December 31st, 2009
11:32 am

to Joe Micheal Palmer is a great athlete who is 5-11 180 pounds who has elite speed and will probaly play another position in college…………ps just because a kid goes to in inner city school does not mean he can’t qualify for college some the worlds most talented people emerge from those hallways

football fan

December 31st, 2009
11:35 am

allstarfan, I may have to agree with you about the game. The South def pass rush dominated the North offensive line. I was truly not impressed with the QBs but they were running for their lives all game. They did miss alot of open WRs down field. I saw at least three chances for a long touchdown that were missed. Once there was an open North WR all alone down field.

Furman Jr.

December 31st, 2009
2:26 pm

BWAHAHAHAHA – not being able to beat a team that won at Shreveport is even funnier.



January 1st, 2010
9:08 am

I agree with “big texs” Qentin Brown of Tucker was making plays consistently and probably was probably overlooked for mvp because he did not score a touchdown, but you heard his name constantly from the anouncers for making big plays on defense.


January 1st, 2010
9:12 am

The quarterbacks for the south outplayed the norths qbs. And the south defense was definitely the more aggressive.


January 3rd, 2010
2:33 pm

Kick those north Georgia yankee’s behinds….. anybody born north of Macon is a Yankee – go back to Jersy where you belong!

Nick D

January 8th, 2010
5:58 pm

Mike Palmer is a beast! He won the region by his self! Literally on his own!I went to one of his games and he quarterbacked, ran the ball, caught the ball, returned kicks and even kicked. It was crazy! I been following him in basketball too. They have lost one game now and its was bc he didnt play cause he was playing in the north south football game