Georgia High School Football Spring Preview AJC 30 In 30 Series: Milton Eagles

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The battle to be Milton’s No. 1 quarterback will carry into the summer.

The Eagles finished spring drills on Friday, and coach Scott Walker was not ready to declare a winner between junior Colin McElroy and senior Joe Vance.

“We’ll see how it plays out in pre-season,” Walker told the AJC on Sunday night. “The competition between the two has been good for us, and good for them. They are pushing each other.”

On Saturday, McElroy was honored as one of the top quarterbacks at the Elite 11 QB camp in Tuscaloosa, Ala.

“Colin has the better physical tools … the big-time arm,” Walker said. “Joe is a heady kid. He understands how to run the offense. He may not throw with the same velocity, but he gets it in the air quickly, puts it in a spot, and the kids run underneath it.”

Milton will return eight starters, and here’s a quick look at a few:

Wesley Gaston (red jersey) was star of the spring for Milton (AJC)

Wesley Gaston (red jersey) was star of the spring for Milton (AJC)

Wesley Gaston, RB: The 5-foot-7, 155-pounder rushed for nearly 1,200 yards last year as a junior, and he was the star of the spring. “Having that one year of being ‘the man’ … it really has given him a lot of confidence and leadership.”

Justin Bates, OL: The 6-3, 279-pounder anchors the line.

Brian Drake, DB: Another player with a ton of confidence after starting last year.

Lavelle Summerlin, DB: The 5-10, 185-pounder may be the team’s best athlete. He was injured most of last season. “Everything is starting to click for him,” Walker said. “He has a ton of ability.”

Team: Milton Eagles

Last year’s record: 4-6

Starters lost: 14

Head coach: Scott Walker

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14 comments Add your comment

the sidelines

May 24th, 2010
10:30 am

What school is next to be in the spotlight.

eagle dunk

May 24th, 2010
10:32 am

mcelroy is a stud, i am not impressed at all with coach walker, milton has under acheived with him as coach, with only 7 teams in our region this year we should make play offs easy


May 24th, 2010
11:08 am

Mcelroy has a ton of potential and would also be an excellent catcher in baseball. he chose football and i think he’ll be the starter. As for Milton underachieving..are you for real? they have overachieved. They went to the playoffs two years ago and beat roswell that same year for the first time in forever. That coach does more with his overall lack of team speed than anyone. and, he seems to be all about the kids as they have plenty of kids going on to play at the next level as well. the new region is weaker than in the past (no walton, no lassiter) so i expect milton make it into the playoffs again.

eagle dunk

May 24th, 2010
11:48 am

yes i am serious. underacheived. 5 game losing streak. 4-6 overall. we should have made play offs two years ago cause we had one of the best rbs in the country. our region is the weekest in the state for 5A. NOT IMPRESSED

who knew

May 24th, 2010
1:17 pm

should have hired Coach Ballard when you had the chance!!!

Michael Carvell

May 24th, 2010
3:04 pm

@sidelines, Collins Hill


May 24th, 2010
4:00 pm

How about some love for The McEachern Indians!!!


May 24th, 2010
4:07 pm

The McEachern Indians deserve some love Mr. Carvell. They have a team ready to make a run this year with potentially 6 Division 1 athletes on the team this year. I think this might be the Indians year!


May 25th, 2010
11:22 am

I agree with Eagle Dunk, McElroy is damn good and that team has damn good potential, I watched them as a team with the Junior Eagles really soar under the head coaching of Hamilton…sad to see that it all crumbles down hill when they get to the high school level and have that kind of record, so apparently the common denominator to such a great group of kids that did so poorly last year is coach Walker. Hopefully this group of kids can pull it together inspite of him.

eagle dunk

May 26th, 2010
7:26 am

Coach Walker (i know you read this) start with adjustments on defense, we gave up 29 points per game, defense wins football games, i have watched these boys play against the same teams and whoop up on them for years, coach hamilton had the boys prepared, although i don’t know what happened to wheeler cause they used to be unstoppable. i think we should go to the second round of the play offs this year.


May 26th, 2010
11:03 am

crabjoe- good question; i have watched milton each of the last three years at the varsity level. they are slower than most everyone they play. it really shows on their defense when they have played teams like lassiter and roswell who seem to have skill guys that are just plain faster.

old coach

June 1st, 2010
12:15 pm

All the talk about McElroy. The diamond in the ruff is Senior Joe Vance. The kid has all the tools as well as the field presence to lead the eagles into the playoffs. McElroy needs another year of maturing and developing better consistency, In order to win we must move the chains and pass at a 60% plus. The Vance kid in my opinion can do that.

eagle dunk

June 3rd, 2010
8:47 pm

You are certainly entitled to your opinion Mr Vance.


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