High School Football

Which five local high school football players are headed to the North-South game?

Five locals are headed to the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl, formerly known as the North-South all-star game.

Clover’s Heze Massey, Lancaster’s Jalen Tatah, Rock Hill’s Narii Gaither, South Pointe’s Joe Ervin and York’s Lane Towery made the North’s 44-player roster. Clover head coach Brian Lane is an assistant coach for the North squad.

Massey is a senior receiver, while Gaither and Ervin will likely head to the game as running backs, though no positions were listed on the rosters posted online. Towery and Tatah are unquestionably two of the area’s better offensive linemen.

The game will be held at noon on Dec. 15 at Coastal Carolina’s Brooks Stadium.

READ: Five locals headed to the 2018 Shrine Bowl

North roster

Jalen Greer and Xavier Nance, Belton-Honea Path; Storm Duck, Boiling Springs; Brenden Taylor, Broome; Ben Henson, Byrnes; Jason Harris and Javaris Holliday, Camden; Daylon Robinson, Central; Jaylan Smith, Chapman; Heze Massey, Clover; De’Iveon Donald, Dixie; Gabe Thompson and Zack Hillstock, Dorman; Daylan Littlejohn and Hunter Bullock, Gaffney; Dallaz Corbitt and Joshua Doctor, Gray Collegiate Academy; Stephon Stokes, Greenville; Jamario James, Hunter-Kinard-Tyler; Jac’quez Lucas, Lamar; Jalen Tatah, Lancaster; Brendan Killough and Jalen Anderson, Mauldin; Kobe Sligh, Newberry; Chase Froedge, Palmetto; Braden Gravely, Pickens; Narii Gaither, Rock Hill; C.J. Bosket and Raquon Hartley, Saluda; Jeremiah Mackey, Seneca; Joe Ervin, South Pointe; Jaylon Girdner and Moe Wedman, Spartanburg; Maxiumus Shropshire, Spring Valley; Jacob Johanning, St. Joseph’s; Eric Watts, Sumter; Devonte Jones, T.L. Hanna; Patrick Nations, Walhalla; A’lajuwan Robinson, Keenan; Keegan Halloran, Woodruff; Tyrell Jackson, Wren; Lane Towery, York.

South roster

A.J. Williams, Bamberg-Ehrhardt; Rashad Maxwell, Baptist Hill; Ty Frazier, Barnwell; Tre Morrison, Berkeley; Braxton Wedgeworth, Bethune-Bowman; Reed Charpia, Brookland Cayce; Steven White, Burke; Janaz Sumpter, Carvers Bay; James Wells, Chapin; Lane West, Colleton County; Joshua Simon, Crestwood; Corrian Wright and Khalil Bethea, Dillon; Myrell Mitchell, Dreher; Gage Zirke and Jordan Springs, Dutch Fork; Bruce Benjamin, Fort Dorchester; Dal’mont Gourdine, Garrett Academy; Darrius Bell and Jacob Burgess, Gilbert; L.J. Stanley, Goose Creek; Tiyon Evans, Hartsville; Darius Williams, Hemingway; Tereis Drayton, James Island; Malik Richardson, Lakewood; Gabe Long, May River; J.B. Favorite and Marcus Grissett, Myrtle Beach; Caree Collier and Chris Torres, North Augusta; George Storm, Pelion; Kenney Solomon, Socastee; Michael Mason, South Florence; Mario Anderson, Stratford; Charles McCoy, Strom Thurmond; Cole Phillips and Johnathan Bennett, Summerville; Tyler Sumpter, Timberland; Trey Davis, Waccamaw; Andrew Weil and Jaelen Edwards, Wando; Terrence Fraiser, West Ashley; Jaheem Hazel, Whale Branch; Daniel Foster, Wilson.

Games moved up to Thursday because of impending bad weather

Six games have already been moved from Friday up to Thursday, Oct. 25 because of looming bad weather, including the big one, Northwestern versus Rock Hill.

These are the games that were moved up a day to Thursday:

  • Rock Hill vs. Northwestern, 7:30 p.m.
  • Lewisville vs. Chesterfield 7:30 p.m.
  • Fort Mill vs. Clover 7:30 p.m.
  • Ridge View vs. Lancaster 7:30 p.m.
  • Indian Land vs. Fairfield Central 7:30 p.m.
  • Great Falls vs. Timmonsville 6:30 p.m.

Nation Ford-Chapin and South Pointe-York are still scheduled to play Friday night.

Tri-County players of the week (from Week 9)

5A schools

Offensive player of the week: Ghari Page, Northwestern - running back had 169 total yards (80 rushing, 89 receiving) and a touchdown during the Trojans’ win over Fort Mill.

Defensive player: Michael Peterson, Nation Ford - Falcons linebacker made 22 --twenty-two -- tackles during his team’s loss to Rock Hill last week. Peterson also forced and recovered a fumble.

Offensive lineman: Kevin Thompson, Northwestern - Thompson graded out 94 percent on his assignments against Fort Mill, with three pancake blocks and no sacks allowed.

Defensive lineman: Jalyn Shannon, Rock Hill - Shannon recorded seven sacks, three tackles-for-loss, three QB hurries and a sack during the Bearcats’ win over Nation Ford.

Special teams: Ethan Dutton, Rock Hill - Dutton hit two field goals against Nation Ford, one from 30 yards and another from 24.

1A-4A schools

Offensive player of the week: Kemarkio Cloud - senior QB had a big game against Westwood, rushing for 175 yards on 24 carries and completing 12-of-21 passes for 189 more yards in the win.

Defensive player: Brian Phillip, York - linebacker made 11 tackles against Richland Northeast, with one for a loss and a sack. Phillip also recorded a safety and forced a fumble.

Offensive lineman: Dorian Jamison, South Pointe - Jamison graded 93 percent with six big-time blocks, three pancakes and zero sacks surrendered against Ridge View.

Defensive lineman: Adam Foxx, South Pointe - senior made nine tackles, with two for a loss and a sack during the Stallions’ win over Ridge View.

Special teams: Jacob Cato, Lancaster - Cato accounted for 11 points against Westwood. He hit three field goals, including a 25-yard game-winner, averaged 47 yards per punt and hit three touchbacks for kickoffs.

Undefeated teams map

Two previously unbeaten teams fell by the wayside this week, leaving only 15 teams on the map of undefeated South Carolina high school football teams.

Andrews got smacked by fellow unbeaten region foe, Mullins, and Ninety Six took its first loss of the season, falling to Silver Bluff. Ninety Six was averaging 41 points per game but was shut out 17-0 by Silver Bluff. Carolina Forest also dropped off the map, losing its first game six games into the season. West Florence edged the Panthers in a 51-44 shootout.

Latest state rankings, headed into Week 10


1. Dutch Fork (14)

2. Fort Dorchester

3. T.L. Hanna

4. Gaffney

5. Dorman

6. Sumter

7. Berkeley

8. Byrnes

9. Summerville

10. River Bluff

Receiving votes: West Florence, Rock Hill, Blythewood.


1. Hartsville (10)

2. Greer (3)

3. Myrtle Beach (1)

4. South Pointe

5. Daniel

6. Belton-Honea Path

7. Greenville

8. North Augusta

9. North Myrtle Beach

10. Eastside

Receiving votes: York, Wren, AC Flora, Wilson, Brookland-Cayce, Marlboro County.


1. Dillon (14)

2. Chapman

3. Chester

4. May River

5. Strom Thurmond

6. Wade Hampton

7. Woodruff

8. Union County

9. Pendleton

10. Gilbert

Receiving votes: Camden, Aynor, Hanahan, Southside.


1. Abbeville (14)

2. Barnwell

3. Carvers Bay

4. Bamberg-Ehrhardt

5. Southside Christian

6. Ninety-Six and Timberland (tie)

8. Mullins

9. Landrum

10. Saluda

Receiving votes: North Central, Andrews, Hannah-Pamplico.


1. Lamar (13)

2. Wagener-Salley (1)

3. Dixie

4. Baptist Hill

5. Lake View

6. Blackville-Hilda

7. St. John’s

8. Bethune-Bowman

9. Ridge Spring-Monetta

10. Green Sea-Floyds

Receiving votes: Branchville, Whitmire, Hemingway, C.E. Murray.

Voters: Chris Dearing, The State; Bret McCormick, The Herald; Lou Bezjak, The State; Travis Jenkins, Chester News Reporter; Jed Blackwell, Spartanburg Herald-Journal; Bob Castello, Greenville News; Chris Burgin, 100.1 The Fan; Eric Russell, Aiken Standard; Scott Chancey, Florence Morning News; Dennis Brunson, Sumter Item; Justin Jarrett, Lowcountry Sports; Chris Clark, Orangeburg Times and Democrat; David Roberts, Greenwood Index-Journal; Ian Guerin, MyHorryNews.com; David Shelton, Charleston Post and Courier; Lake Morris, Anderson Independent Mail.