York Comprehensive High School's Ryan Moore is among seven area players named Wednesday to the 2013 Touchstone Energy Cooperative Bowl, also known as the North-South football game.
In addition to Moore, the North squad will include Northwestern’s Jaquavious Mackey and Raydon McCloud, Indian Land’s Manny McCord, South Pointe’s Josh Massey and Anthony Johnson and Nation Ford’s Riley Hilton.
They will 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. “We’ve 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 Gaffney’s Hyleck Foster, both of whom many thought were Shrine Bowl snubs, as well as Greer’s Quez Nesbitt and Boiling Springs back Tre-Shaun Sanderlin.
Gutshall’s receiving group will have a distinctly local flavor with Hilton, Johnson and McCord. Hilton and Johnson are among the area’s 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.
He’s 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 Academy’s 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.
“It’s a busy week for the coaches and players,” said the game’s 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 Carolina’s Mr. Football award will be doled out at halftime; the four finalists include Northwestern’s Mason Rudolph.