War of the Border gets underway Friday

The annual Georgia-Florida War of the Border begins on Friday night at Bazemore-Hyder Stadium in Valdosta.

Football coaches from around the area select the rosters for the all-star game, but it's not about finding the biggest stars. Instead, it's about finding under-recruited players who have a chance to suit up at the next level.

"A lot of these guys we're already recruiting," said David Dean, head coach at Valdosta State. "These weekends are very, very important for a lot of these kids."

Recruiters are able to stop by practices all week as the players prepare for the game. Friday night's game will be the first of three in 2014. Next Friday's game will be in Moultrie.

But for everyone involved, the game is also about bragging rights.

"Each one of these kids represent their own community, they represent their schools, they represent the football program that they came from, and we represent the state of Georgia as a whole," said Rance Gillespie, the Valdosta High head coach who is coaching Georgia's team on Friday night. "So certainly, we want to win."

The cost of attendance is $10 for adults and $5 for children.