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Sirk MVP of all-star game

MVP Thomas Sirk, left, coach Ryan Sulkowski and Roland Gaskins, right.Thomas Sirk might have been a late addition to the roster for the 57th annual FACA North/South All Star Classic in Sebring, Florida on December 21, but he certainly made his presence known. The senior Wildcat quarterback was named the game’s MVP after he led the North to a 47-21 victory over a strong South squad.

Sirk, who will be enrolling early at Duke University this January, shone with pinpoint passes and some effective scrambling. He found Brandon Brooks from First Coast and AJ Legree from Ft. White for a pair of touchdowns. The toss to Legree was particularly nifty, a lob pass that floated into the corner of the end zone where Legree used his athleticism to take it from two defenders.

Gaskins saw a lot of field time, catching a pair of passes from his tight end spot. He also lined up at fullback and wide receiver. Gaskins is a very versatile player and demonstrated his ability to go wherever he was needed.

BCHS Coach Ryan Sulkowski was the offensive line coach for the game and very proud of his players’ performance.

“I could not be more proud of these two young men,” said Sulkowski. “To go down and practice for four days away from anything they have ever known with the best athletes from North Florida and to compete the way they did — that was impressive.”

Six Wildcat football players also made The Times-Union All-First Coast teams. Quarterback Thomas Sirk and freshman CeCe Jefferson were first team selections.

The quarterback is headed to Duke in two weeks and is the 19th ranked passer in the US.  He has over 2000 yards passing and 1000 rushing.

Jefferson was the only freshman named to the first team. He recorded 8 sacks and 22.5 tackles behind the line of scrimmage on the season.

Receiver Kendrick Singleton missed a first team selection by five points and led all second team players. The Southern Miss recruit had 61 catches for 1085 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Cornerback Falon Lee was named to the third team.  He was also the Cats’ top runner with 1000 yards for the season but was named for his pass protection skills.  He was in the area’s top five in interceptions and pass breakups.

Blake Mills and Elijah Lee received honorable mention. Mills plays center and Lee is a defensive end.

The Cats led the district in selections.

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