North team extends streak of dominance over South

The North squad extended its streak of dominance in the Touchstone Energy Cooperative Bowl on Saturday, doubling up the South in a 24-12 victory at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium in Myrtle Beach.

The North scored two touchdowns in the fourth quarter and let the defense do the rest, limiting the South to only 163 yards of offense on the day. The North improved its overall mark to 41-27-2 in 70th annual all-star game between 88 of the top players in the state. The North has won 12 of the last 14 in the series.

The North was led by receiver Steven Gilmore, who led South Pointe to the Class 4A state title last week. He caught seven passes for 83 yards and a touchdown. He was named the North’s Offensive MVP, while Dawon Joyner earned Defensive MVP honors. For the South, Nick Hughes was named Offensive MVP and Kris Copeland won it for the defense.

Local players had little impact in the outcome. North Myrtle Beach running back Kered Class was held to negative 10 yards on six carries, while Chiefs teammate Kwame Livingston had a sack and was in on several tackles. Conway’s Juwon Moody also had a solid defensive effort, and teammate Lucas Partin and Carolina Forest’s Tommy Schubert battled on the offensive line.

At halftime, Fort Dorchester quarterback and South Carolina commit Dakereon Joyner was awarded the state’s Mr. Football honor.

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