MYRTLE BEACH — Dorman’s Dave Gutshall didn’t want to harp on the North’s overall success in the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl North Vs. South all-star game.
That didn’t stop bragging rights from returning to their seemingly normal place.
Led by two rushing touchdowns by York Cougars tailback Ryan Moore, the North went on to defeat its South counterparts 38-21 Saturday at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium. It was the ninth time in the last 10 years the North squad has won, with only last year’s 23-0 South victory standing in the way of a double-digit streak.
“We didn’t bring that up,” said Gutshall, who was selected to coach the North. “These kids don’t know that. Both teams had athletes. It’s hard to put a finger on why it happens.”
In fact, players from Upper State schools had mentioned the dominance throughout the practice week.
They might not have known the overall record now stands at 38-26-2 in the North’s corner. But they were emphatic about making sure the bragging rights from the state’s secondary all-star game rested with the North players and coaches.
“It must be coming from the communities,” Gutshall said. “I promise you – we didn’t bring that up. It’s one of those things. They take pride up there.”
In addition’s to Moore’s two scores, the North also had a rushing touchdown and a passing touchdown from quarterback Dre Massey (Mauldin). Linebacker Eric Boggs from Belton-Honea Path led the way on defense with six tackles, a tackle for a loss and a forced fumble.
The South trailed 17-0 at halftime before scoring 21 straight points in the second half.
Each team selected two most valuable players after the game, a tradition that started in 1991 and has been used in all but two seasons since.
Massey and Blythewood linebacker Jalen Williams (six tackles, fumble recovery for a touchdown) were picked from the North team. The South went with Marlboro County linebacker Ronheem Bingham (eight tackles, two sacks, special teams touchdown) and Goose Creek receiver Jordan Barnes (five receptions, 55 yards, touchdown).
On Friday, each team also named its two captains for the game. Bingham was joined by West Ashley defensive back Bobby Ruff for the South team, while the North squad went with Byrnes quarterback Shuler Bentley and Saluda defensive lineman Cedric Herrin.
Prior to the game, the family of former Herald high school sports writer Barry Byers was presented with the Keith and Tallulah Richardson Distinguished Service Award. Byers, who died in October after a lengthy battle with cancer, was the media coordinator for the game for more than a decade.
In total, Byers covered high school sports for the Herald for 30 years.
N – Ryan Moore 1 run (Jon Croft Hollingsworth kick) – 5:14
N – Dre Massey 10 run (Hollingsworth kick) – 11:53
N – Hollingsworth 37 FG – 7:27
S – Tresvon Coakley 12 run (David Kennedy kick) – 5:28
S – Jordan Barned 14 rec from Will Hunter (Kennedy kick) – 1:56
S – Ronheem Bingham block punt return (Kennedy kick) – 10:46
N – Moore 3 run (Hollingsworth kick) – 6:54
N – Jalen Williams fumble return (Hollingsworth kick) – 6:36
N – Hyleck Foster 74 rec from Dre Massey (Hollingsworth kick) – 3:06
RUSHING—N – Ryan Moore 8-97; Dre Massey 12-72; Quez Nesbitt 8-38; Hyleck Foster 4-23; Tre’Shaun Sanderlin 4-20. S – Tresvon Coakley 6-22; Jourdan Johnson 5-18; Khalil Lewis 4-9; Will Hunter 5-2
PASSING—N – Shuler Bentley 13-35-1, 97 yards; Dre Massey 2-3-0, 74 yards. S – Will Hunter 8-17-1, 93 yards; Mitch Spires 8-17-1, 45 yards.
RECEIVING—N – Anthony Johnson 3-23; Quan White 2-13; Hyleck Foster 5-91; Mason Sanders 2-32; Dre Massey 1-13; Manny McCord 1-3; Ryan Moore 1-0. S – Jordan Barnes 5-55; Terrell Green 3-53; Jourdan Johnson 1-6; Ikeem Coles 1-6; Oceanez Fluitt 2-8; Stephen Baggett 2-2; Tresvon Coakley 1-5; Sean Smith 1-3.