Deshaw Andrews and Kyron Schrouder took part in the North-South All-Star football game in Myrtle Beach Dec. 13.
The South team won 23-18, scoring on a blocked punt late in the game.
Andrews, who completed 9 of 16 passes for 121 yards, put the North team ahead 18-16 when he rambled into the end zone from nine yards out.
“A pass play had been called,” said Andrews. “When the play broke down, I ran it in.”
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Receiver Schrouder hauled in three receptions for 62 yards.
“One of my receptions was a long pass,” he said. “Another was a catch and run.”
Cougar head football coach Bobby Carroll was an assistant coach for the North team; his responsibilities included inside and outside linebackers.
“Both Deshaw and Kyron played extremely well and provided leadership by example,” Carroll said. “The coaches paid attention to their attitudes, work ethic and body language. They influenced their teammates, drawing from their state title game experience.”
Added Carroll: “Had it not been for a late blocked punt that resulted in the game-winning touchdown for the South team, Deshaw would’ve been considered for MVP honors.
“His touchdown would have been the game-winning score.”
The North-South All-Star game, played at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium, is sponsored by the South Carolina Coaches Association.
“It is a well organized event with many activities for the players during the week,” said YCHS athletic director Steve Boyd.
Schrouder enjoyed the activities.
“They kept us busy, a lot to do, a lot of entertainment,” he said. “I will never forget the North-South All-Star experience.”
Andrews said he, too, will cherish the game week experiences, especially the food, and the extensive preparations.
“There were so many players with the same talent level competing for positions,” he said. “We also had to adjust to two-a-days – morning practices, afternoon practices, meals in between, meetings at night.
“It was a new experience for Kyron and me.”
Cougar Daurice Simpson is in Spartanburg this week preparing for Saturday’s Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas at Wofford College’s Gibbs Stadium.
Simpson will play cornerback for the Sandlappers and is expected to return punts and kickoffs.
“Daurice is a talented football player and a very deserving Shrine Bowl selection,” said Carroll. “He will represent his school and community well. You can count on it.”
Simpson played on the Cougar varsity team as a ninth-grader.
The last Cougar football player to compete in the Shrine Bowl Classic was Lee Wright in 2012.