Smith, Kennedy and Rawlings selected for North-South game
Three District Two football players have been selected to participate in the 2013 Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl.
In all, 88 athletes will represent their schools Dec. 14 in Myrtle Beach for the 66th annual North-South all-star game. The players divide equally into two groups of 44 who comprise the respective North and South squads.
“We have an outstanding collection of student-athletes this year,” Keith Richardson, co-director of the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl, said. “We have a lot of talented football players on these two rosters. And just as vital, so many of these young men have displayed exceptional character off the field as well.”
Summerville tight end Sean Smith (6-6, 225) and kicker/punter David Kennedy (5-11, 175) and Fort Dorchester wide receiver/punter Corey Rawlings (6-1, 180) have been named to the South All-star Team.
There were more than 300 nominations forwarded to the all-star selection committee. The list was narrowed 88 athletes Monday morning in Columbia.
Smith is a two-year starter for the Green Wave. This season, he leads the team in receptions with 32. His 303 receiving yards is the second best for the team and he leads all receivers in touchdowns with three.
His big frame also makes him a formidable blocker and 205 of his receiving yards have came after the catch.
Kennedy has made 35 out of 36 extra point kicks he has attempted this season. He is 8 of 12 on field goals and puts most of his kickoffs into the end zone.
Kennedy has punted 46 times for a 38.8 yards-per-punt average. His longest punt covered 59 yards.
Kennedy is the only player selected for the South team strictly because of his kicking skills. However if the South coaches want to give Kennedy a breather, they have a strong backup punter in Rawlings.
As the Patriots punter this season, Rawlings has averaged 45 yards per punt and the Patriots have not surrendered a single return yard on any of the senior’s punts.
Fort Dorchester coach Steve LaPrad says Rawlings is possibly the most athletic player on his team.
“Corey does a little bit of everything for us,” LaPrad said. “He is probably the best wide receiver we have. He is a backup quarterback. We play him at safety in passing situations and in addition to punting, we have him return kicks.”
With 348 receiving yards and four TD catches, Rawlings leads the Patriot receivers in both categories. In terms of number of receptions, his 18 grabs are second only to the 21 Demonte Bailey has. Rawlings’ longest pass play of the year went 53 yards.
Other Lowcountry players selected for the all-star game include Goose Creek defensive back Omar McRae and receiver Jordan Barnes, Wando receiver Trevor Pedersen, West Ashley defensive back Bobby Ruff and offensive lineman Brett Toth, Stratford running back Jourdan Johnson and linebacker Cecil Smith, Beaufort defensive lineman Kentrell Seabrook and tight end Stephen Baggett, Hilton Head running back Khalil Lewis and Hanahan receiver Terrell Green.
“One of our top priorities in the selection process is ensuring every region of South Carolina is represented in this game,” Shell Dula, executive director of the South Carolina Athletics Coaches Association, said.“We’ve always maintained the philosophy that this event represents the entire state, and I believe the diverse group of players who were selected reflects that goal.”
On Dec. 8, all 88 players report to Myrtle Beach. Twice daily practices for each team begin the following morning and continue through that Friday afternoon.
The 2013 Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl takes place at noon Dec. 14 at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium in North Myrtle Beach.
Fans unable to attend can watch the game streamed live at www.htc.com. A live radio broadcast of the game can be heard on many affiliates of the South Carolina Radio Network.
Advance tickets for the game can be purchased online for $15 at https://touchstonebowlgame.eventbrite.com. Tickets will be available at the gate on game day for $20.
The all-star game was created by the South Carolina Athletics Coaches Association in 1947.
During halftime of the game, the five finalists for South Carolina’s Mr. Football award will be recognized. The 2013 recipient will be announced at that time.
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