MYRTLE BEACH -- Dorman's Dave Gutshall didn't want to harp on the North's overall success in the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl North Vs. South all-star game.
That didn't stop bragging rights from returning to their seemingly normal place.
On the strength of three touchdowns in a span of 3:48 in the fourth quarter, the North went on to defeat its South counterparts, 38-21, Saturday at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium. It was the ninth time in the last 10 years the North squad has won, with only last year's 23-0 South victory standing in the way of a double-digit streak.
"We didn't bring that up," said Gutshall, the North's coach. "These kids don't know that. Both teams had athletes. It's hard to put a finger on why it happens."
The overall series record stands at 38-26-2 in the North's corner.
Beaufort High School defensive lineman Kentrell Seabrook did his best to try to help the South, notching game highs of three sacks and four tackles for loss.
Beaufort High tight end Stephen Baggett and Hilton Head Island High running back Khalil Lewis also saw action for the South. Baggett had two receptions for two yards, and Lewis ran the ball four times for nine yards.
The North team got two rushing touchdowns from tailback Ryan Moore (York). It also had a rushing touchdown and a passing touchdown from quarterback Dre Massey (Mauldin). Linebacker Eric Boggs (Belton-Honea Path) led the way on defense with six tackles, a tackle for a loss and a forced fumble.
The South trailed 17-0 at halftime before scoring 21 straight points to open the second half.
Awards and honors
Each team selected two most valuable players after the game, a tradition that started in 1991 and has been used in all but two seasons since.
Massey and Blythewood linebacker Jalen Williams (six tackles, fumble recovery for a touchdown) were picked from the North team. The South went with Marlboro County linebacker Ronheem Bingham (eight tackles, two sacks, special teams touchdown) and Goose Creek receiver Jordan Barnes (five receptions, 55 yards, touchdown).
On Friday, each team also named its two captains for the game. Bingham was joined by West Ashley defensive back Bobby Ruff for the South team, while the North squad went with Byrnes quarterback Shuler Bentley and Saluda defensive lineman Cedric Herrin.
Prior to the game, the family of former Rock Hill Herald reporter Barry Byers was presented with the Keith and Tallulah Richardson Distinguished Service Award. Byers, who died in October after a lengthy battle with cancer, was the media coordinator for the game for more than a decade. Byers covered high school sports for the Herald for 30 years.
Park wins Mr. Football
At halftime of the game, the state's Mr. Football award was presented to Stratford quarterback Jacob Park.
The senior, a University of Georgia commitment, threw for 3,665 yards and 33 touchdowns this season. He was selected over lineman Donell Stanley (Latta), running back Jae'lon Oglesby (Daniel), quarterback Mason Rudolph (Northwestern) and linebacker Christian Miller (Spring Valley).
"I honestly didn't think I was going to pull this one out," Park said. "... It's a shocking feeling. I was surprised -- sitting next to Mason Rudolph and Donell Stanley, I didn't think I had much of a chance."
All five finalists were selected to play in next week's Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas. Stanley and Park were also named to the U.S. Army All-American Bowl, which will be played Jan. 4 in San Antonio.
Until this year, the award was presented during a Friday night banquet. North South officials made the change in an attempt to draw more attention to the game.
North 7 10 0 21 -- 38
South 0 0 14 7 -- 21
N - Ryan Moore 1 run (Jon Croft Hollingsworth kick) - 5:14
N - Dre Massey 10 run (Hollingsworth kick) - 11:53
N - Hollingsworth 37 FG - 7:27
S - Tresvon Coakley 12 run (David Kennedy kick) - 5:28
S - Jordan Barned 14 rec from Will Hunter (Kennedy kick) - 1:56
S - Ronheem Bingham block punt return (Kennedy kick) - 10:46
N - Moore 3 run (Hollingsworth kick) - 6:54
N - Jalen Williams fumble return (Hollingsworth kick) - 6:36
N - Hyleck Foster 74 rec from Dre Massey (Hollingsworth kick) - 3:06
RUSHING--N - Ryan Moore 8-97; Dre Massey 12-72; Quez Nesbitt 8-38; Hyleck Foster 4-23; Tre'Shaun Sanderlin 4-20. S - Tresvon Coakley 6-22; Jourdan Johnson 5-18; Khalil Lewis 4-9; Will Hunter 5-2
PASSING--N - Shuler Bentley 13-35-1, 97 yards; Dre Massey 2-3-0, 74 yards. S - Will Hunter 8-17-1, 93 yards; Mitch Spires 8-17-1, 45 yards.
RECEIVING--N - Anthony Johnson 3-23; Quan White 2-13; Hyleck Foster 5-91; Mason Sanders 2-32; Dre Massey 1-13; Manny McCord 1-3; Ryan Moore 1-0. S - Jordan Barnes 5-55; Terrell Green 3-53; Jourdan Johnson 1-6; Ikeem Coles 1-6; Oceanez Fluitt 2-8; Stephen Baggett 2-2; Tresvon Coakley 1-5; Sean Smith 1-3.