A quarterback who is going to Florida State University and a kicker who isn't helped Florida's high school all-stars beat the best from Georgia 21-7.
FSU signee Thad Busby of Pace High provided the spark Saturday night in Florida-Georgia IX, a football fund-raiser featuring 35 of the top prep seniors from each of the two states.
Busby, a Parade
magazine All-American, was 9-of-15 for 249 yards and two touchdowns.
Busby put Florida ahead with less than six minutes left in the first quarter before 12,892 at the Florida Citrus Bowl, rolling right and lofting a 43-yard touchdown pass to Daytona Beach Seabreeze's Mike Hill.
With less than six minutes in the third quarter, Busby found Jammi German of Fort Myers with a short pass that the consensus All-American broke for a 92-yard touchdown.
German picked up a block from Florida State signee Melvin Pearsall and cut across the field to score, then celebrated in arm-waving fashion that should help him fit in at his college of choice _ Miami.
German, voted the game's most valuable player, caught three passes for a game-recoord 129 yards. His 92-yard touchdown catch was the longest play in series history.
"Eventually, with people with that kind of speed," Busby said, "you expect something like that to happen."
Georgia kicker Scot Simons (Middle Tennessee State) was short and wide right on one first-quarter field-goal attempt (from 43 yards) and, after an illegal-procedure call negated a 37-yarder, was wide right on another from 42.
Winter Haven's Demetric Denmark (Dodge City, Kan., Junior College) added a 5-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter, capping a 59-yard drive sparked by Busby's 25-yard completion to tight end Pearsall, from Lake Wales.
"I felt good out there," said Busby, a fourth-round Toronto Blue Jays baseball draft choice who plans to honor his football commitment.
Georgia tied it at 7 late in the first half when Boston College-bound Steve Everson found South Carolina signee Marcus Robinson with a 36-yard touchdown pass.
Robinson made a one-handed catch in the corner after beating reserve defensive backs Thomas Miller of Hillsborough High and E.G. Green of Fort Walton Beach (Florida and FSU signees, respectively).
Miller and Green were in because two starters from the bay area, cornerback Jermaine Green (FSU) of Hernando High and safety Phillip Nash (Syracuse) of Clearwater High, collided on the previous play and had to be helped to the sideline.
Florida's three extra points were added by West Palm Beach Cardinal Newman's Chad Romano, who handled all of Florida's kicking chores because East Lake's Steve Riggs injured his left quadricep during practice Thursday.
Florida took a 5-3-1 lead in the series, proceeds from which benefit the Florida Elks Children's Hospital in Umatilla.