Seven Herald-area players were named to the 2013 Touchstone Energy Cooperative Bowl, a.k.a. the North-South football game, on Wednesday morning. The North squad will include Northwesterns Jaquavious Mackey and Raydon McCloud, Yorks Ryan Moore, Indian Lands Manny McCord, South Pointes Josh Massey and Anthony Johnson and Nation Fords Riley Hilton when they face the South squad at noon on Dec. 14 at Doug Shaw Stadium in Myrtle Beach.
One of our top priorities in the selection process is ensuring every region of South Carolina is represented in this game, said Palmetto State coaching legend Shell Dula, who is also the executive director of the South Carolina Athletics Coaches Association. Weve always maintained the philosophy that this event represents the entire state, and I believe the diverse group of players who were selected reflects that goal.
Dorman coach Dave Gutshall will coach the North squad in the 66th version of the all-star game, and will be pleased with his options at running back with Moore and Gaffneys Hyleck Foster, both of whom many thought were Shrine Bowl snubs, as well as Greers Quez Nesbitt and Boiling Springs back Tre-Shaun Sanderlin, who will be familiar to many local fans. Gutshalls receiving group will have a distinctly local flavor with Hilton, Johnson and McCord. Hilton and Johnson are among the areas leaders in receiving yards and touchdowns, while McCord, playing both ways for a 1-7 Indian Land squad, will benefit from the exposure of the all-star game.
South Pointe linebacker Massey will also benefit from the exposure. Hes got a number of offers from FCS schools, but none from the bigger FBS schools yet, despite a very productive senior season. Other notables in the North squad include Byrnes quarterback Shuler Bentley, Union County receiver T.J. Foster and Carolina Academys Zykiesis Cannon, all Division I recruits.
The group will report to Myrtle Beach on Sunday, Dec. 8 for two-a-day practices up until the game.
Its a busy week for the coaches and players, said the games co-director, Keith Richardson. But we strive to make this a memorable event for the athletes. This is their opportunity to showcase their skills and gain recognition for their hard work and dedication.
Advance tickets for the game can be purchased online at https://touchstonebowlgame.eventbrite.com/, or the day of the game for $20. South Carolinas Mr. Football award will be doled out at halftime; the four finalists include Northwesterns Mason Rudolph.
See the full North-South rosters below:
Five questions with Nation Fords Tevin Ramirez
Tevin, its Halloween. So what are your thoughts, opinions on Halloween?
My thoughts on Halloween? I guess, just to have fun. Kids are wondering around in the neighborhood, having fun, getting candy. Thats really good for me, so...
Its a plus?
Do you dress up?
Well, yeah, back then. But I dont know about this year. Who knows. I may or may not. It could happen.
So the candy still has the attraction but no so much the dressing up?
Yes, the candy.
Whats the best thing youve ever received at a house, even when you were little? Like, best candy?
Oh definitely Reeses Cups. Thats me, thats all me. Thats the only thing I eat out of the rest of the candy. I give the rest to my brothers or my friends. Its just my habit. I dont want nothing else; just peanut butter and chocolate.
Whats the worst thing youve gotten on Halloween? Did you have a dentist in your neighborhood when you were growing up?
No, definitely I keep away from the dentists.
Are you at the age where youre maybe jumping little kids and stealing their candy?
Oh no, no. Im a good person. I dont do all that. I always fantasize Im gonna do it, like oh, Im gonna snatch my little brothers candy, but thats not me.
Jibrille Fewell part of Defensive Player of the Week award
Former South Pointe Stallion defensive lineman Jibrille Fewell was part of a group award that went to Liberty Universitys defensive line after an excellent performance in a 24-0 win over Gardner-Webb. Libertys defensive front made 12.5 tackles-for-loss in the game, while holding the Runnin Bulldogs to just 30 yards on 29 carries.
Fewell, in his first year playing for the Flames, made five tackles, including two for a loss, forced a fumble, recorded a sack and also broke up a pass. Fewell has 25 tackles on the season for Turner Gills 4-4 team.
Head Coach: David Gutshall, Dorman
Assistants: Jerry Jackson, C.A. Johnson; Phil Magdic, Greenville; Michael Mayer, Indian Land; Scott McLeod, Chapin;John Mooreland, York; Scout Tommy Bobo, Dorman Trainers: Scott Ganucheau, Silver Bluff, Student Trainer Daniel Hevelow, York
|4||T. J. Foster||WR||62||175||Union Co.|
|6||Quan White||WR||61||185||Christ Church|
|9||Compton Walker||DB||60||185||Fairfield Central|
|10||Daryl Shamlee||DB||61||170||Ridge View|
|12||Mason Sanders||WR||66||210||Boiling Springs|
|15||TraviousWigfall||DB||60||185||Ridge Spring Monetta|
|23||Manny McCord||WR||510||170||Indian Land|
|38||Treshaun Sanderlin||RB||510||190||Boiling Springs|
|50||Eric Boggs||LB||62||230||Belton-Honea Path|
|56||Josh Harlan||LB||60||190||Spring Valley|
|59||Josh Massey||LB||511||185||South Pointe|
|64||Harrison Terry||OL||61||270||Ridge View|
|72||Zaavier Blyther-Wright||OL||64||270||Richland Northeast|
|76||Isaiah Cullum||DL||66||270||Batesburg Leesville|
|80||Jon Croft Hollingsworth||K||510||155||Greenwood|
|81||Anthony Johnson||WR||63||170||South Pointe|
|82||Michael Knox||WR||63||195||C.A. Johnson|
|84||Riley Hilton||TE||63||220||Nation Ford|
Head Coach: Barry Harley, Gilbert
Assistants: Kevin Crosby, Bamberg Ehrhardt; Steve Hall, Conway; Daryl King, Lake View; Carlisle Koonts, Hartsvile; Jimmy Noonan, Wando, Scout Eddie Corley, Gilbert Trainers: Byron Millwood, Gilbert, Student Trainer Kathryn Chapman, Myrtle Beach
|4||Omar McRae||DB||59||175||Goose Creek|
|5||Bobby Ruff||DB||62||180||West Ashley|
|10||Jauveer Hammonds||DB||57||170||Strom Thurmond|
|20||Tresvon Coakley||RB||62||215||St. Johns|
|32||Oceanez Fluitt||WR||62||200||C E Murray|
|38||Khalil Lewis||RB||511||190||Hilton Head Island|
|50||Kenyatta Dunbar||LB||60||185||Strom Thurmond|
|52||Will Holbrook||LB||60||210||South Aiken|
|53||Daryus Gillispie||DL||60||185||Marlboro County|
|56||Ronheen Bingham||DL||62||198||Marlboro County|
|58||Anderson Owens||DL||61||275||Lake Marion|
|63||Gyasi Jibri Yeldell||OL||62||245||Silver Bluff|
|64||Maurice Williams||OL||63||280||North Augusta|
|67||Christian Taylor||OL||65||340||White Knoll|
|72||Tyrae Simmons||OL||64||265||Ridgeland Hardeeville|
|76||Brett Toth||OL||67||275||West Ashley|
|78||Josh Hutchinson||OL||67||175||Dutch Fork|
|80||Corey Rawlings||WR||61||180||Fort Dorchester|
|81||Jordan Barnes||WR||62||184||Goose Creek|
|92||Mike Taylor||DL||62||240||Allendale Fairfax|
|98||Lavares Singleton||DL||510||260||Bamberg Ehrhardt|
|99||Omar Staley||DL||64||250||Dutch Fork|
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