Derrick, Sessions named to North-South All-Star Game

confoot-13Under normal circumstances, being chosen to play in an all-star game is an honor few would turn down. But with all due respect to the North-South All-Star Football Game, this is one showcase a pair of local standouts wouldn’t mind missing for the chance to play for a Lower State Championship.

Conway quarterback Peyton Derrick and Myrtle Beach athlete Keyonte Sessions were selected to play in the Dec. 10 game, which now conflicts with the Dec. 9 Lower State title games due to a two-week delay forced by Hurricane Matthew. The 88-man roster is subject to change up until the last moment as the playoffs progress.

Regardless of the their playoff prospects, Derrick and Sessions have a nice consolation prize to end their stellar high school careers if their team doesn’t reach the final four. And as of Monday, both can rest assured of their college careers on the horizon.

Sessions, who committed to The Citadel moments before his selection to the North-South All-Star Game, has done it all for the No. 2-ranked and unbeaten Seahawks this season. He has 12 rushing touchdowns and two rushing TDs as a wide receiver and Wild Hawk QB, and he has 48 tackles, two fumble recoveries and two interceptions, including one more for a score, as a defensive back.

Derrick, who committed to Appalachian State following a summer visit, has his work cut out for him to take the Tigers to the playoffs following last week’s crushing triple-overtime loss to Sumter. Derrick threw for four touchdowns in the defeat to give him more than 1,200 yards passing for 15 TDs. Conway faces another tough game at rival Carolina Forest to improve its playoff hopes.

Photo by Chuck Silvey

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