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Tommy Brown of Orangeburg-Wilkinson High School in Orangeburg and Lee County’s (N.C.) Burton Cates are the respective head coaches for the 77th annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.
The annual high school football all-star game, which features the Carolinas top senior players, will be played Dec. 21 at Wofford College’s Gibbs Stadium in Spartanburg.
Game proceeds benefit the Shrine Hospital in Greenville for burned and cripple children.
The 2013 game kicks off at 1 p.m. at Gibbs Stadium.
South Carolina, with a 23-19 win in the 2012 game in Spartanburg, owns a 42-30-4 advantage in the all-time series.
The 2012 game featured Buford High School head football coach Mike Wells, Lewisville High School football star Malcolm Means and the BHS Jackets’ cheerleaders.
Brown will be assisted by Robbie Briggs (Manning), Ken Cribb (Hemingway), Andy Palmer (Edisto), Dan Pippin (North Augusta), Joe Watson (J.L. Mann) and Accie Collins (Camden).
Watson is the father of Lancaster High School assistant football coach Joe Watson. Watson also served as an assistant coach in the 2009 North-South All-Star game in Myrtle Beach.
Cates will lead the Tar Heels stars with Phil Tate (South Point), Blair Harding (Porter Ridge), Darryl Brown (Southern Guilford), Randy Raper (Northern Nash), Robert Cody (Plymouth) and Mark Little (West Columbus) serving as assistant coaches.