High School Football

Four local football stars to wrap up high school careers in North vs. South game

ccox@islandpacket.com, sfastenau@islandpacket.comDecember 14, 2013 

Hilton Head Island High School's Khalil Lewis, right, will get one more chance to impress the college scouts while playing for the South team in Saturday's North Vs. South all-star game in Myrtle Beach.

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Four area football players will bring their high school careers to a close Saturday, as they help represent the Lowcountry in the annual Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl North Vs. South Football Game -- formally known as the North-South All-Star Game -- in Myrtle Beach.

Beaufort High tight end Stephen Baggett and defensive lineman Kentrell Seabrook will join Hilton Head Island High tailback Khalil Lewis and Ridgeland-Hardeeville offensive lineman Tyrae Simmons at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium, where they will look to beat the North squad for the second straight year.

Kickoff is scheduled for 12:30 p.m., and the game will be live-streamed online at www.HTCConnect.com.

The local foursome, among 44 South players in all, reported to Myrtle Beach on Sunday for twice-daily workouts.

Baggett, who is committed to East Carolina, led Beaufort High this season with 29 catches for 556 yards and seven scores. As one of two tight ends on the South roster -- the other being Summerville standout and Middle Tennessee State commit Sean Smith -- the Eagles senior figures to see the field plenty.

Baggett, who will play baseball in the spring, set himself apart early with his blocking ability and gradually added the receiving dimension.

Beaufort High coach Mark Clifford was in Myrtle Beach until Wednesday before passing his players off to their respective parents.

He said he is working to get Seabrook an offer from Newberry. Newberry coaches will be watching Saturday.

Seabrook finished his senior season with 74 tackles, including 11 for loss and four sacks.

"He's one of the strongest guys on the team," Clifford said earlier this season. "The best thing about him, he's very athletic. He can run people down in a second."

Lewis, one of three South tailbacks, will look to use Saturday's game as a chance to boost his recruiting stock. Florida Atlantic and Buffalo continue to lead for the senior's services, though neither has pulled away. Other schools continue to stay in touch, coach B.J. Payne said, despite Lewis' slow end to the 2013 season.

He finished with 1,379 yards and 20 touchdowns on 146 carries, even after a concussion and high ankle sprain stalled the second half of his season.

"Obviously, if he has a really good game I think that's something that could help him (with recruiting)," Payne said. "He's in that situation now where he's figuring out where he wants to go and what he wants to do."

Simmons also continues to receive college looks, Ridgeland-Hardeeville coach Blake Raley said. But Saturday's game is more of a reward for the lineman, who has made this team his goal since offseason workouts began earlier this year.

"(Simmons) is proud of the fact he is representing our team, school and community," Raley said. "Making this game has been his goal since last February; talking about it nonstop.

"It is very appeasing to see a young man work hard, do the right things and accomplish such a lofty goal."

Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl North Vs. South Football Game

12:30 p.m., Saturday, at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium, Myrtle Beach

Notes: The game was formally known as the South Carolina Automobile Dealers Association North-South All-Star Game. ... The S.C. Mr. Football Award will be presented during halftime of the game. Prior to this year, it had been awarded at a banquet on Friday night.

Want to watch? The game will be live-streamed online at www.HTCConnect.com.

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