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Evans' 142 rushing yards leads South to 13-10 win over North...

Myrtle Beach - Hartsville running back Tiyon Evans provided most of the offense and the defense closed it out as the South all-stars ended a three-year losing streak to the North with a 13-10 victory at the Touchstone Energy North-South all-star game, played on December 15 at Coastal Carolina’s Brooks Stadium.

Evans, who played quarterback for Hartsville this season but spent three years as the team’s primary ball-carrier, rushed for 142 yards on 21 carries, caught a 53-yard pass, and had a 33-yard kick return to finish with 228 all-purpose yards while earning South team offensive player of the game.

“It took us a while to get going but the o-line did their job and I was able to make a few plays,” Evans said. “It was my first time in this type of offense so I had to learn during the week but I got the hang of it. I feel like I got more comfortable as the week went on.”

Berkeley defensive back Tre Morrison was the South’s defensive most valuable player, coming up with two interceptions in the fourth quarter with his team clinging to a 13-10 lead.

Morrison’s first interception came with 6:40 left in the game with the North driving for at least a potential game-tying field goal. On third-and-seven from the South 13-yard line, the North went for a touchdown with Morrison leaping high in the end zone to record the pick.

Then, in the final seconds of the game, Morrison again made an athletic play to intercept a pass at the South 25-yard line to seal the victory.

“I just tried to do what I’ve always been taught to do, go make a play,” said Morrison, a three-year starter at corner for the Stags. “On the first one, I got great help from AJ Williams and was able to get in position to go get it. The second one was being in the right spot, knowing they had to throw the ball to try to get down the field. It’s a great feeling. It was a great week.”

The game was somewhat sloppy at times as the teams combined for eight turnovers, including six interceptions. The North took a 3-0 lead on Patrick Nations’ (Walhalla) 47-yard field goal early in the second quarter. That would be the only points of the half.

The second-half saw more offense and more big plays defensively. Socastee’s Kenny Solomon returned an interception 46 yards to give the South a 7-3 lead midway through the third period.

The South lead went to 13-3 on Anthony Williams’ (Bamberg-Ehrhardt) 24-yard run before the North cut the lead to three with Kansas State commitment Joe Ervin (South Pointe) scoring on a 17-yard run.

Ervin was the offensive most valuable player for the North, rushing for 102 yards on 12 carries. Greer defensive back Ethan Alexander, who recovered a fumble and had an interception, was the North’s defensive player of the game.

“We got that big score with the pick six and the momentum switched,” South head coach Dwayne Garrick of Barnwell said. “Our defense played well. It turned out to be a defensive game but hey it worked out for us. We made some plays on defense and Tiyon was really good with the football. We put them out there and let them play.”

Williams added 43 yards rushing for the South as the South out-gained the North, 309-297. South Florence end Michael Mason led the South with seven tackles and a sack. Caree Collier (North Augusta) added six tackles.

Jacob Johanning of St. Joseph’s Catholic had seven tackles to pace the North defense. Saluda’s Raquon Hartley had six tackles.

© 2017 High School Sports Report

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