Area football players earn all-star invitations

ccox@islandpacket.comOctober 16, 2012 

A younger J.D. Tuten watched from the sidelines in 2007 as his father, Mike Tuten, helped guide the Thomas Heyward Academy football team to a region championship thanks in part to a handful of Shrine Bowlers.

J.D. Tuten was still a ways away from being able to take part in the action with the rest of his high schoolers at that point. But that didn't stop him from establishing some lofty goals for his future career with the Rebels.

"Growing up with my dad coaching, he had guys going to the Shrine Bowl," he said. "I knew this is where I wanted to be. I've been watching guys get there."

Tuten can consider his dream a realization. The Rebels' senior quarterback and three other area football players have been named to the eighth annual Oasis Shrine All-Star Classic, a postseason matchup that pits the best independent school athletes from South Carolina against those from North Carolina. Kickoff is set for 1 p.m. on Nov. 24 at Coach Joe Popp Stadium in Mooresville, N.C.

"I had some guys from my school get there and finally it's my turn," Tuten said. "I made it, so I'm pretty happy."

Tuten will have some friends joining him, in particular senior backfield mate Ryan Day. The Rebels' SCISAA Region 2-AA rivals, Hilton Head Christian Academy, will also be sending a pair of representatives in tailback Tyler Chisholm and corner Jamario Williams.

It's the third consecutive year that the Eagles have seen at least two players selected, coach Tommy Lewis said.

"We've been real fortunate over the years to have at least one kid on the team each year," Lewis said. "To have two is just a tremendous honor. They picked two good ones."

The trio of offensive performers stamped their cases for bids thanks to a strong individual seasons. Day has rushed for more than 1,200 yards this season to go along with 22 touchdowns, both of which are tops in the area. Tuten isn't far behind, and may have surprassed the 1,000-yard rushing mark had he been able to stay healthy a week ago against Hilton Head Christian. The senior has rushed for more than 800 yards through nine games and has totaled 22 total touchdowns so far.

The Eagles, meanwhile, have reeled off seven consecutive victories due in part to the running of Chisholm. The junior, despite playing behind a new crop of lineman this season, has put together over 700 yards on the ground with nine touchdowns while also connecting on 4 of 7 field goals with a long of 52 yards.

"I'm just glad that all of that hard work and the coaches pushing me to get to the next level actually paid off," he said. "I'm just glad I get to represent my team in the All-State game."

Williams has made some big plays of his own on offense, as the senior has emerged as the downfield threat in the passing game while also making his usual contributions on defense. He has amassed more than 300 yards in receptions with four scores and has also picked up a pair of key interceptions, the latest of which sealed the 20-13 upset win over Tuten and Thomas Heyward last Friday.

The defender has offers from Arizona and Wofford to his credit and plans on taking official visits to both schools as well as Kentucky. A strong all-star performance could go a long way toward more schools jumping on board, like North Carolina and Navy, who also continue to show interest.

"If I go out there and have a great Shrine Bowl, I can show the college coaches I'm ready to play and can be a great asset to their team," Williams said.

8th annual Oasis Shrine All-Star Classic

1 p.m. Nov. 24, Coach Joe Popp Stadium, Mooresville, N.C.

South Carolina roster

Paul Amick, Ben Lippen School

Jacob August, Cardinal Newman School

Joe Bates, Pinewood Preparatory School

Shelton Blue, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School

Cheyenne Bodie, W.W. King Academy

Gabe Bradner, Heathwood Hall Episcopal School

Cody Brewerton, Palmetto Christian Academy

Tyler Chisholm, Hilton Head Christian Academy

Andrew Clinkscales, Wilson Hall

Roo Daniels, Hammond School

Ryan Day, Thomas Heyward Academy

Zack Felkel, Orangeburg Preparatory School

Heath Fisk, Colleton Preparatory School

Rickie Ford, Trinity-Byrnes Collegiate School

Nick Garrick, Orangeburg Preparatory School

Brantly Gray, Thomas Sumter Academy

Reed Grubbs, Orangeburg Preparatory School

Matt Herzwurm, Augusta Christian Academy

Alex Hollis, Oakbrook Preparatory School

Christopher Kellahan, Williamsburg Academy

Austin Lipski, Bible Baptist Christian School

James McClary, Florence Christian School

Quayshon Myers, Hammond School

Trey Pierce, Porter-Gaud School

Tyler Renew, Ben Lippen Scool

Tyler Robinson, Augusta Christian Academy

Thomas Rogers, Porter-Gaud School

Horace Scott, Wilson Hall

Braden Shockley, Hammond School

Phillip Shuler, Wilson Hall

Mulik Simmons, Bible Baptist

Falcon Stewart, Northwood Academy

Sean Sweeting, Augusta Christian

Tashawn Taylor, Laurence Manning Academy

J.D. Tuten, Thomas Heyward Academy

Jamario Williams, Hilton Head Christian

Head Coach: Reggie Shaw (Ben Lippen School)

Assistant coaches: Jolly Doolittle (W.W. King Academy), David Rankin (Williamsburg Academy), Philip Keefe (Northwood Academy)

North Carolina roster

Demitri Allison, SouthLake Christian Academy

Charles Beale, Christ School

Gabe deBeus, Christ School

Blake Brewer, Cannon School

Rockill Brown, High Point Christian Academy

Travis Brown, Victory Christian Center School

Kenny Bumgardner, SouthLake Christian Academy

Nate Casey, Westminster Catawba Christian School

Schuyler Coleman, Davidson Day School

John Cook, North Raleigh Christian Academy

Andrew Davenport, Arendell Parrott Academy

Matt Earman, North Raleigh Christian Academy

Chase Ferguson, Providence Day School

Bryon Fields, Providence Day School

Reavis Ford, Charlotte Country Day School

Evan Gates, Davidson Day School

Keshawn Holiday, Hickory Grove Christian School

Jonathan Jackson, Word of God Christian Academy

Christian Jewkes, Christ School

Coleman Johnson, Forsyth Country Day School

Brian Jones, SouthLake Christian Academy

Dez Lawrence, Charlotte Christian School

Zach Myers, Charlotte Christian School

Damien Nwobi, Victory Christian Center School

Gerrel Patton, Hickory Grove Christian Academy

Alex Pourlos, Providence Day School

Michael Radford, Charlotte Country Day

Will Barefoot, Ravenscroft School

Andrew Robinson, Charlotte Christian School

Aaron Seward, Davidson Day School

Casty St. Louis, Word of God Christian Academy

Royce Turnbull, Charlotte Country Day

Russell Washington, Harrells Christian Academy

Jake Wentworth, Westminster Catawba Christian Academy

Sheldon Williams, First Assembly Christian School

Sam Wilson, Charlotte Latin School

Head coach: Mark Moroz (Christ School)

Assistant coaches: Rob Lewis (Forsyth County Day), Ben McGarity (Providence Day), Kevin Washington (Forsyth County Day)

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