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MYRTLE BEACH – A pair of Lancaster County prep football stars capped their high school football careers as part of a dominating performance Saturday afternoon at Myrtle Beach’s Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium.
Buford High School’s Marcus Brown and Indian Land’s Rondreas Truesdale were part of an impressive effort as the North rolled to a 42-3 win over the South in the 64th annual North-South All-Star football game.
The North’s win marked the largest margin of victory since a 46-0 South win back in 1950. The North, which led 33-3 at the half, posted its seventh straight win and ninth victory in the last 10 games to give the Upper State team a 37-25-2 series lead.
“This is great,” said Truesdale, who saw extensive action as a North slot receiver. “This is your last high school football game and it feels good.
“You finish your career in the North-South game and win,” Truesdale said. “It really feels good.”
Brown, a two-way standout at BHS as a tight end and defensive end, saw action on both sides of the football.
Brown, flanked by family and Jackets coaches on the field after the game, also savored the moment.
“It was pretty fun down here this week,” Brown said. “It was a short week, but fun.”
Brown said he dedicated the game to the late Seth Muennich and his brother, the late Tony Brown.
Muennich is the former BHS junior varsity football player who died during the season after being struck by a car near the school. Tony Brown is a former Jackets’ defensive lineman.
“I went against Seth every day in practice and he helped me get here,” Brown said. “I also have to remember my brother, Tony. My family is here today and I think Tony would be proud.
“In a way, it’s sad, but I feel good,” he said.
Brown, who had four tackles, including two solo tackles, highlighted his defensive effort with a late third-quarter sack of South quarterback Stephen Cagle of A.C. Flora High School in Columbia.
“I just read the block and went around the end and hit the quarterback,” Brown said. “It felt awesome.”
Brown said he knew the North team was going to win.
“The coaches picked the best athletes and it showed on the scoreboard,” he said. “When it came time to play, we showed up. Everybody played. We had the best talent and it showed.”
“Marcus played great today,” Truesdale said.
Truesdale said the team came together and responded.
“We were already close, like brothers,” he said. “Chemistry is a big part of this game.”
Truesdale’s highlight was a one-yard carry on a reverse late in the game.
Truesdale earned his game selection as a big-play, record-breaking quarterback at Indian Land High in his prep career.
“I’ve got to get used to playing receiver because that’s probably where I’ll be playing in college,” Truesdale said.
Indian Land coach Mike Mayer said he would have liked to have seen Truesdale get more touches.
“Rondreas is a big-play performer and it would have been nice to see him get the ball more,” Mayer said. “He was a slot receiver and he played his position and carried out his assignments like he was supposed to. In an all-star game, it’s about being a team player and making a contribution as a team player.
“The North scored 42 points and won easily, so it’s hard to argue with
that success,” Mayer said. “Rondreas is only the fifth Indian Land player to be in this game, so it says a lot for him to just get here. We’re proud of him and what he’s accomplished in his athletic career at Indian Land.”
Buford coach Mike Wells said Brown played well.
“He did well on both sides of the ball,” said Wells, a former North assistant coach. “He’s a versatile player and he was able to contribute on both sides of the football. He gave the college recruiters following him a good account of himself and what he can do.”
The North team also included a third county player, Lancaster High School senior linebacker A.J. Williams, who was selected for the game, but was unable to play due to a season-ending injury during the LHS season.
Williams joined the team for player pre-game introductions and was on the North sidelines during the game.
“We were all disappointed A.J. didn’t get to play, but injuries are a part of football,” LHS coach Bennie McMurray said. “AJ had a heck of a season.
“I know he wanted to be out there, but it was good he was part of the North team. Being out there on the field before the game as a coach and player among the state’s best is great for your football program, school and community. It’s a proud moment for many when your name is called knowing you’re with the state’s best.”
McMurray is quite familiar with the North-South game after aiding the North streak as the North head coach in a 26-6 win over the South last season at Shaw Stadium.