The Doctor is in ...
Ashley Ridge running back Romelo Doctor has been named to the 2012 South Carolina Shrine Bowl All-star Team.
Doctor is one of only 44 football players from across all S.C. High School League classifications to be named to the team. He will join the other all-stars at Gibbs Stadium at Wofford College in Spartanburg Dec. 15 as they take on a team comprised of the best high school players the state of North Carolina has to offer during the 76th Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.
The Ashley Ridge senior has been a staple for the Swamp Fox offense for the past four seasons. Doctor surpassed the 4,000-yard rushing mark this season and is averaging more than 200 receiving yards per season.
“Romelo has worked extremely hard and proven that if you follow the plan and don’t miss your workouts it will make you a better football player,” Ashley Ridge coach Kenny Walker said. “In his four years here he may have missed one workout or practice. He is dedicated and committed and deserves the honor of being selected for the Shrine Bowl. Our School is extremely proud of him and of the fact that Ashley Ridge will be represented at the Shrine Bowl for the first time.”
Since his sophomore season, Doctor has rushed for 35 touchdowns. Scoring statistics for his freshman year were not available at press time but he had his first 1,000-plus yard rushing season that year so it stands to reason that he found the end zone some.
His best season to date came in 2011 when he rushed for more than 1,500 yards and 18 TDs to lead his team to the state semifinals of the Division II-AAAA playoffs.
In the first five games of the 2012 season he rushed for approximately 600 yards and six TDs.
Other Lowcountry players named to the South Carolina team are Goose Creek’s Tramel Terry and Gerald Turner, Timberland’s Austin McKinney and Brian Moore and Hilton Head’s Michael Julian.
First played in 1937, the Shrine Bowl game is among the nation’s oldest and most prestigious high school all-star football games. It is played to benefit the Greenville (SC) Unit Shriners Hospitals for Childrenę and 21 other Shriners Hospitals for Childrenę across the nation.
The inaugural game attracted 5,500 spectators, many of whom paid $1 to attend and donated $2,500 to the hospital. The 2011 game receipts and temple contributions raised $1.677 million. Since the first Shrine Bowl, more than $74 million has been raised for Shriners Hospitals.
Tickets for the 2011 game are $15 if ordered in advance, $20 at the gate the day of game. For information on downloading an order form, visit shrine-bowl.com.