High School Sports

4 Beaufort County players selected to North-South All-Star Game

Hilton Head's Jestin Morrow gains some hard yardage with Jaguars Darius Solomon (24) and Jataree Williams in hot pursuit during Friday's season opener at Hilton Head Island High School.
Hilton Head's Jestin Morrow gains some hard yardage with Jaguars Darius Solomon (24) and Jataree Williams in hot pursuit during Friday's season opener at Hilton Head Island High School. Jay Karr

Four players from Beaufort County have been chosen to play for the South in the 65th North-South All-Star Football Game in Myrtle Beach.

Two players each from Hilton Head Island -- quarterback/kicker Aidan Hegarty and cornerback/wide receiver Jestin Morrow -- and Bluffton -- cornerback/wide receiver Lorenz Taylor and offensive lineman Dillon Wilson -- were selected to the 44-man roster, which will be officially announced on Wednesday.

"I'm excited for them," Bluffton head coach Ken Cribb said of Lorenz and Wilson. "It's well deserved."

Taylor has made 37 tackles this season, including two for loss. He has deflected eight passes, intercepted four and forced a fumble.

"Lorenz has played as well as any DB for me in a long time, especially with who he's gone up against," Cribb said. "He's seen some good receivers. He plays both sides, but his specialty is defense. He is a shutdown corner."

Wilson has been a rock for the Bobcats who will almost certainly play at the next level.

"Dillon's a three-year starter on the offensive line. He's very strong. And he's very athletic to be as big as he is."

For Hilton Head, Hegarty is the star quarterback (121-172-7-1,871, 25 TDs) but has been quietly solid as a kicker.

"I'm so proud of the maturity he has shown this year and the leader he has become," Hilton Head Island head coach B.J. Payne said. "His tremendous year, both as a quarterback and kicker, have enabled him to get this opportunity."

Hegarty has made 3 of 4 field goal attempts, good from 46, 44 and 40 yards, and has averaged 42 yards per punt.

"He can place the ball anywhere on the field we need him to from touchbacks to pooches at exact spots to onsides," Payne said. "He has enabled us to have a dynamic kickoff game."

Morrow has 34 tackles with eight pass break-ups, three interceptions and three fumble recoveries. He's averaging 41 yards per interception return.

As a returner, he has only been kicked to deep four times and has returned three of those for scores. He's averaging a whopping 69 yards per kickoff return when kicked to deep.

"He's one of the most electric players in the state when the football is in his hands," Payne said. "Whether on offense, defense or special teams, he consistently makes dynamic plays. One thing that gets lost in the big picture with all his electricity and speed is his willingness to play physical. He has become a very physical corner."

Morrow has 10 returns for touchdowns (interceptions or special teams) over the past three years.

The North-South Game will be played Dec. 12 at Doug Shaw Stadium in Myrtle Beach.

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