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Woodlands Seniors Earn "All-Star" Football Honors

GREENBURGH, N.Y. – Three Woodlands High School seniors were chosen to play in the Section 1 Exceptional Senior All-Star football game this weekend.

Over 2,000 student athletes were in the running to be picked for either 11-man squad. Woodlands' wide receiver James Cole, running back Malcolm Downey and offensive lineman John Slay were selected to compete for the South Team, said athletic director Matthew Smith.

"It's a great honor for the kids, for the team, for the school and for the community," Smith said. "It's good to represent our school in an event where only a select group of people are chosen due to their athletic abilities. It speaks volumes of our kids here, and also of our coaching staff."

Mike Meade, the Woodlands High School football coach, was also chosen to take part in the All-Star game as Head Coach. Meade took the team to the Section 1 semifinals this year.

"I have a sense of accomplishment after all that hard work," said Downey. "I could not play without the guys on my line. My line is everything."

Downey, Cole and Slay were three of 60 student athletes chosen to play in the Senior All-Star game. In the past, only one student has been chosen from Woodlands High School each year, said Smith, so having three students is a joy.

"I am honored to be selected," said Cole. "It's a blessing. But without my teammates and the confidence of my coaches, I would not be here where I am today."

The All-Star Game will take place on Sunday, Nov. 20 at 2 p.m. at Mahopac High School.

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