High School Sports

Nine area players selected for North-South all-football star game

The North roster for the 2008 South Carolina Automobile Dealers Association North-South All-Star Football Game on Dec. 13 includes nine Herald-area players.

Northwestern put linebackers Jerel Miller and Hakeem Adams on the team, while South Pointe, in its third season of varsity football, had defensive back DeVonte Holloman and wide receiver Charles Holmes picked.

Holmes has committed to South Carolina. Holloman backed off his commitment to Clemson the day coach Tommy Bowden was fired. He is considering South Carolina, Tennessee, North Carolina and LSU.

Other area players selected were Rock Hill running back Jerante Hood; Lancaster linebacker Dawon Thompson; Chester defensive back Troy Sanders; Great Falls defensive end Josh Lynn; and Lewisville quarterback/defense back Isaiah Johnson.

• Holloman was a steal for the North coaches. He moved to South Pointe this season from Charlotte's Independence, one of the top football schools in the nation. The 6-2, 220-pounder has scored five non-offensive touchdowns -- three punt returns and two interceptions.

• Holmes, 6-3, 215, can go up and get the ball. He has 30 catches for 517 yards -- an average of 17.2 -- and two TDs.

• Adams, 6-2, 200, was expected to contribute but has surpassed expectations. He has 56 tackles, one caused fumble, two recovered fumbles, three QB pressures, one sack and a tackle for loss.

• Miller, a punishing hitter at 5-11, 220, has been a fixture at linebacker for three seasons. He has 106 tackles, four tackles for loss, three caused fumbles, one recovered fumble and a pass breakup.

• Hood, 6-0, 170, is half of Rock Hill's two-headed tailback monster along with junior Jamal Tyler. Hood has rushed for 260 yards and seven touchdowns on 69 carries, is a dangerous kick returner and can play in the secondary.

• Thompson, 6-1, 212, is the Bruins' top linebacker, averaging 12 tackles per game.

• Sanders, 6-1, 185, is getting looks from Division I schools and has an offer from Wisconsin. He's one of those rare defenders that can take over a game.

• Lynn, 6-5, 240, is getting looks from several Division I schools.

• Johnson, 6-1, 179, plays quarterback, returns kicks and plays in the secondary. He has run for 912 yards and 12 TDs on 159 carries.

The game has been moved back to Doug Shaw Stadium on the campus of Myrtle Beach High School after three seasons at Coastal Carolina's Brooks Stadium in Conway.

Keith Richardson, executive director of the South Carolina Coaches Association, said the state's coaches and players enjoyed playing in Conway. But because practices are held in Myrtle Beach, and the city and merchants there get behind the game, it was only fair to move it back.

Tickets are $10 in advance and $15 at the gate. To get tickets, call Richardson at 864-998-4412 or mail your order to Keith Richardson, P.O. Box 310, Cross Hill, S.C., 29332.

The South Carolina Mr. Football Award will be presented on Dec. 12 at Myrtle Beach High School's Performing Arts Center.