By Kris Freeman, Sports Information Director, White House High School
CLARKSVILLE – White House senior offensive and defensive lineman Elijah Zweydorff, known to his fans, teammates and community as “Horse,” has been selected to play in the 2017 TACA Toyota East-West All-Star Classic.
The annual game will be played Friday, Dec. 8th, at Austin Peay State University in Clarksville. Horse will play for the West team coached by Brandon Gray of Adamsville.
The All-Star Classic is organized by the Tennessee Athletic Coaches Association (TACA) and is made up of the state’s top 88 senior football players who are selected from more than 400 nominations. General admission tickets are $10 each for ages 3 and up. Kickoff is at 7 p.m. CST and game will also be televised live on ESPN-3 (the internet broadcast site of ESPN Sports). See the original article from the Clarksville Chamber of Commerce.
Horse was an original alternate to the team and named as a competitor on Monday to fill in an injured player from Columbia Academy on the West squad. There are 38 players named to the roster from the Nashville-area in the game.
“This is a well-deserved honor for Horse,” said White House football assistant coach Cory Willoughby, who coaches the lines for the Blue Devils. “He’s a great kid with a great attitude and a fun kid to coach. He wants to do everything you ask of him.”
As a defensive lineman, he was eighth on the team in tackles as a senior with 52 stops, five tackles for losses, two fumbles caused and one fumble recovery. He helped lead the Blue Devils on offense to 3,256 yards in 12 games as the center for quarterback Andrew Nixon and the anchor to the offensive line which blocked for seven different backs that gained at least 121 yards and 1,880 combined.
“This is an honor and a testament to his hard work and dedication to get better from last year to this year,” Willoughby said. “We are very proud of him.”
He is expected to contend for a number of additional postseason honors with his teammates, but those spots for county, region and midstate teams will not be decided until after the state championships this weekend. White House will honor its 2017 football team on Sunday, Dec. 3rd, at the school football banquet.
White House went 11-1 and advanced to the second round of the playoffs, claiming the 2017 Region 5-4A championship.
The West team is highlighted by Class 4A Mr. Football finalist and Spring Hill running back Dontae Smith, Class 3A Mr. Football finalist and Fairview running back Darius James, Class 3A Mr. Football finalist and Pearl-Cohn athlete Jimmyrious Parker and Division II-AA Mr. Football semifinalist and BGA quarterback Drew Martin.
Other Nashville area players include Giles County quarterback John Bachus, Hendersonville running back Anthony Hughes, Brentwood Academy receiver Michael Archie, Northeast receiver Gus Antoine, Brentwood Academy receiver Kenyon Garlington, Cane Ridge receiver Jared McCray, Marshall County offensive lineman Dave Roberts, CPA offensive lineman Joe More, Hillsboro offensive lineman Trey Smith, Columbia Academy offensive lineman Dalton Bennett, Brentwood Academy offensive lineman Jordan McCoy, Macon County safety Seth Carlisle, Cane Ridge safety Jarad McCray, East Nashville safety Brian Thompson, Columbia Academy corner Blake Kleinke, Hillsboro corner Trey Dickerson, Marshall County defensive lineman Tavi McLean, Giles County defensive lineman Davonte Murphy, Pearl-Cohn defensive lineman Chaldon Page, Mt. Juliet Christian defensive lineman David Hylick and Brentwood Academy defensive lineman Airin Spell.
Adamsville coach Brandon Gray is the West coach. His staff includes Waverly coach Matt McConnell, Columbia Academy coach Charlie Lansdell, East Nashville coach Brian Waite and Springfield coach Dustin Wilson.