High School Football

Beaufort High football lands two on North-South squad

Hilton Head High's Lewis, Ridgeland-Hardeeville's Simmons also all-stars

sfastenau@beaufortgazette.com, ccox@islandpacket.comOctober 30, 2013 

Beaufort High School tight end Stephen Baggett (80) celebrates with teammates during the Eagles' game against Wando earlier this season.

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The Beaufort High School football team's improved season helped the Eagles snag individual honors this week.

Tight end Stephen Baggett and defensive lineman Kentrell Seabrook were among four area players selected to compete in the North-South all-star game, officially known as the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl. The game pits two select teams representing each half of the state.

"A lot of good things have happened this year," said Beaufort High coach Mark Clifford, whose team is 6-3 entering its final two games. "We've just got to finish."

Baggett, Seabrook, Hilton Head Island High School running back Khalil Lewis and Ridgeland-Hardeeville offensive lineman Tyrae Simmons all will play for the South team on Dec. 14 at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium in Myrtle Beach.

The senior Baggett, the Eagles' top receiver this season and committed to East Carolina University, has 21 catches for 433 yards and seven touchdowns. Seabrook, a nose guard who also plays right tackle on offense, has 49 tackles, including six for loss and two sacks.

"He's one of the strongest guys on the team," Clifford said. "The best thing about him, he's very athletic.

"He can run people down in a second."

Lewis has rushed for more than 1,200 yards and 20 touchdowns, having done so despite missing each of the last two games with a high ankle sprain. He has practiced some this week, coach B.J. Payne said, and should finally be back for the regular season finale against Berkeley.

"He still has a limp," Payne said. "But as I joked (Tuesday), him at 85 percent might be better than most of the kids in this state at 100 percent."

Ridgeland-Hardeeville coach Blake Raley said North-South has been Simmons' goal since March. He said his tackle did not miss a practice during spring and fall and attended every summer workout, except during basketball camp.

Raley thinks Simmons could play tackle or guard, depending on the South squad's scheme in December.

"Excitement for Tyrae, school and county," Raley said in a text message. "He couldn't have done it without the rest of the team."

Forty-four players were selected for each team from 300 nominations, with the list finalized Monday in Columbia. Teams report to Myrtle Beach on Dec. 8 for twice-daily practice through Dec. 13.

The game will be streamed live at www.htc.com.

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