North-South All-Star Game Notebook

North-South notebook: Football players stand out on gridiron, not bowling lanes

bbyers@heraldonline.comDecember 6, 2012 

— Wednesday night was a bowling outing for the players in town for Saturday’s North-South All-Star Football Game at Doug Shaw Stadium.

According to the scores, the PBA is in no danger of adding any rookies this year.

Central’s Debias Tyson said he rolled an 87 and was very proud of it. Not Gaffney’s Quan Weeks, who matched Tyson’s score.

And who was the winner among all the North bowlers? Weeks said it was South Pointe’s Devin Pearson, who had a less-than-spectacular 132.

•  Nation Ford wide receiver AK McKoy couldn’t crack the Falcons’ starting lineup season but had a breakout senior season.

McCoy had more than 1,100 yards and 11 touchdowns on 58 receptions.

“Not starting last year was tough, but we had some good senior receivers,” said the 6-foot-1 speedster. “I knew I would be counted on to start this year so I worked hard in the offseason. I’m happy it paid off.”

McKoy is the second Falcon to make the North-South Game. J.T. Boyd played last year and spent his freshman season seeing good playing time at East Carolina.

•  Another wide receiver making noise this week is Rock Hill’s Jaleel Scott, also a standout 6-foot-5 basketball player for the Rock Hill Bearcats.

Scott said coaches, headed by Rock Hill’s Joe Montgomery, are outstanding.

“The best thing, though, is that I get to close out my high school career playing for my head coach,” Scott said. “We have a lot of talent at receiver and it seems all of us are at the same level.

“And I really like the way Devin (Pearson) throws. He has the quick release that receivers like.”

•  Northwestern’s O'Darryl Davis-Douglas is starting to liven up, but he was on a downer the first half of the week.

His Northwestern Trojans lost to Greenwood 31-24 last Saturday in the Class AAAA Division II state championship game and the feeling is taking time wearing off.

“It’s been fun, but nothing can take the edge off the loss to Greenwood,” said Davis-Douglas, a 6-foot-1, 180-pound defensive back. “To came back so late only to lose in OT; it was so tough. I’ll never forget it.”

•  The South has a spark plug of a running back in Stratford’s 5-foot-9, 192-pound Noah Shuler.

Thursday he wore a pair of his special stash high top football shoes to practice. He bought them himself, a $129 pair made to look like an American flag.

On Wednesday, he wore a pair of Flash (comic book hero) socks sticking out the top of his football socks.

He likes to be a little flashy and has many different pairs of socks. He wears them under his game issues on Friday’s because it’s a penalty for all players not to match.

“I have Batman, Superman, Scooby-Doo, Santa Clause and Darth Vader among the many pairs I own,” he said. “I’ve always liked clothes and stuff other people don’t wear. I’m not cocky. It’s just neat and it’s my thing.”

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