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HSSR To Cover North-South & Shrine Bowl Games On Saturday With Feature Stories After Both Games, Wet Weather Could Hamper Both Games

HSSR To Cover North-South & Shrine Bowl Games On Saturday With Feature

Stories After Both Games, Wet Weather Could Hamper Both Games  

From Staff Reports

Spartanburg/Conway—An all-star doubleheader Saturday should keep prep football fans entertained as the North-South All-star game will kick off at noon on the campus of Coastal Carolina University while the 82nd Shine Bowl all-star game between 44 all-star players from the Carolinas will kick off at 2 p.m. at Wofford College Stadium in Spartanburg.

Hall of Fame coach Jackie Hayes (318-53) of Dillon will direct the Sandlapper team hoping to negate a three- game losing streak to the Tar Heels.

“Our players have bene great to work with this week and not one of them has given us any trouble at all and we just hope that transfers over to them playing a great game on Saturday,” said Coach Hayes late Friday night. “We have been told that we are up against the best defensive front for North Carolina in the history of the game, so we are certainly concerned about that. We feel like our team is up to the challenge and we expect a great game Saturday.”

Coach Hayes, the only coach in the game ever to serve as manager, assistant and now head coach, also indicated that rain is in the forecast Saturday. “The wet weather may dictate how we approach our offensive strategy with our two quarterbacks and right now it will be a game time decision on starting either (Pittsburgh commitment) Davis Beville of Greenville High or (Army commitment) Alex Meredith of T.L. Hanna. Beville is more of a drop back pro-style quarterback and Meredith is very good at running the option but he can throw well also.”

When asked about a few players who really stood out in practice Coach Hayes said, “Shamar McCollum (6-4, 215), my player from Dillon, had a great week of practice (Wake Forest commit) along with defensive back Cam Smith of Westwood (USC) and tight end Luke Deal of Emerald (Auburn) also stood out to me,” said Coach Hayes. “I am pleased with the whole team really. I think we are ready to play a great game Saturday and we are all anxious for the game to start.”  

North Carolina head coach Steve Davis of Dudley High scouted the SCHSL state title games last Friday in Columbia and told the HSSR from the sidelines it looked like his Tar Heel squad would only be missing three or four players involved in North Carolina state title games (delayed due to Hurricane Florence) being contested the same day of the Shrine Bowl. Coach Davis also told the HSSR he was impressed with the talent level and intensity displayed by the teams competing for state titles at Williams-Brice Stadium.

The Sandlappers were greeted by snow and wintry conditions in Spartanburg when they checked in last Sunday and both teams practiced indoors Monday and on Tuesday morning.  One player, Jamario Holley, a receiver of Northwestern was a no-show for the game and Chester all-state offensive lineman Mr. Football Finalist Wyatt Tunall (6-6, 270) hurt his ankle against Dillon in the state finals and he will miss the game.  

Assisting Coach Hayes on the Sandlapper staff is Steve LaPrad of Fort Dorchester, Chris Miller of Spartanburg, Kenneth Tucker of Bethune-Bowman, Marion Brown of Baptist Hill, along with Steve Blanchard of Hanahan and Kelvin Roller of Dillon completing the Shrine Bowl staff.     

The North team in the Touchstone Energy North-South game is head coached by North coach Don Frost of Christ Church. Coach Frost is assisted by Brian Lane of Clover, Lynn Fleming of Broome, Charlie Poole of McBee, Chris Wofford of Clinton and Wayne Bell of Saluda round out the North coaches.

The South team is head coached by DeWayne Garrick of Barnwell. Coach Garrick is assisted by Tom Knotts of Dutch Fork, Chad Leaphart of Gilbert, Anthony Sterling of Burke, Mitch Strange of Chapin and David Smith of Pelion round out the South staff.

The two all-star games feature 132 players from every region in South Carolina. One of the highlights of the North-South game will be the naming of the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association Mr. Football award from among five outstanding players. They are Summerville quarterback and Liberty commitment Jonathan Bennett, West Florence running back Ailym Ford, playing in the Shrine Bowl along with T.L. Hanna defensive end Zacch Pickens (USC). Chester offensive lineman and UNC pledge Wyatt Tunall and Wren quarterback Darius Tyrell Jackson complete a strong group of nominees.

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