County duo in county all-star game Saturday

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Taniel Massey, Robert Fletcher



Two former Lancaster Bruins’ football standouts, who produced solid college careers, will play in the inaugural South Carolina College All-Star Bowl at North Greenville University’s Younts Stadium on Saturday, March 23.

Taniel Massey, a standout Bruins quarterback who went to play at Newberry, and Robert Fletcher, a defensive ace for the Bruins who played at Wingate University, will play in the game.

The South Carolina College All Star Bowl pits a team representing the Lowcountry against a team from the Upstate. Both teams include players from Palmetto State colleges and universities and/or athletes who played high school football here, but went out-of-state to play college.

Joining Upstate head coach Danny Ford will be Richard Moncrief, offensive coordinator/quarterbacks, Trey Lamb, offensive line/tight ends, David Bennett, wide receivers, Rodney Blount, running backs, Patrick Sapp, defensive coordinator/linebackers, Brian Dawkins and Mo Drayton, secondary, Nick Eason, defensive line, and C.J. Heinz, special teams.

The Lowcountry team is being led by Willie Jeffries. He is being assisted by Charlie Brown, offensive coordinator/wide receivers, Tim Shields and Jeff Hoffman, offensive line and tight ends, Woody Dantzler, quarterbacks, Joey Lewis and E.G. Green, wide receivers, Walt Gary, running backs, Freddie Brown, defensive coordinator/linebackers, Brian Pirone, linebackers, Duane Harper, secondary,  Marco Coleman and Charles Jones, defensive line, and Parker Richardson, special teams

Massey and Fletcher graduated at LHS in 2008 after playing under coaches Johnny Roscoe and Bennie McMurray, respectively.

Massey, in his final campaign with the NC Wolves, racked up 14 tackles, with a tackle for loss, two interceptions and a forced fumble.

Massey, who played under Todd Knight and Stephen Flynn at Newberry, saw action at quarterback, receiver, kick returner, defensive back and holder in his Newberry career.

Knight, who played high school football at Buford High School as did Flynn, is the Newberry head coach, while Flynn is the Wolves’ defensive coordinator.

Fletcher capped a solid career with the Bulldogs, serving as a WU captain in his senior campaign.

He racked up 65 total tackles with 24 solo tackles. Fletcher had three tackles for loss, a half sack and an interception.

As a junior he posted 53 tackles. Fletcher, in his sophomore season, garnered All-SAC honors with 87 tackles, 43 solo stops. He had four tackles for loss, four pass break-ups and a fumble recovery.

Fletcher holds the Wingate record for the longest interception return, 98 yards in his first game to open the 2009 season. He compiled 83 tackles that season, second in the SAC, with three defensive touchdowns – two fumble recoveries and his record-setting interception.