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RICHBURG – The number of Lewisville High School football players to play in the Shrine Bowl grew by one Thursday.
Dion Foster, an ace versatile performer for the Lions, was selected to the S.C. squad which faces North Carolina in the 61st annual charity game on Dec. 15 at Gibbs Stadium in Spartanburg.
Foster, a 6-3, 225-pounder, will join Lewisville head coach Floyd Drum on the S.C. team. Drum, a 39-year coaching veteran including the last four at Lewisville, is a Sandlappers' assistant who will coach the defensive linemen.
Foster and Drum will be joined by fellow Chester County standout C.C. Whitlock of Chester High School.
Foster's selection gives the Lions five Shrine Bowl players, joining the likes of Grady Bolton (1961), Wesley McFadden (1984), Mike Barber (1989) and Antwan Robinson (1999). Drum, a Lancaster resident, follows in the footsteps of Bennie McMurray, the former Lions' head coach who coached in the 1999 all-star game.
McMurray, who guided the N.C. all-stars as the Tar Heels' head coach in 2005, is the head football coach at Lancaster High School.
The Shrine Bowl is the annual Carolinas all-star football game which features the top senior prep football players from the two states. Game proceeds benefit the burned and crippled children at the Shrine Hospital in Greenville.
Drum said Foster's versatility was pivotal in his selection.
"Dion's a good leader and quality player who can play a number of positions," Drum said. "In an all-star game, that is major factor. Dion can play linebacker, defensive end and in the interior on defense. On offense, we've used him at tight end, receiver and running back. No matter where he is, Dion's going to play hard and give a stellar effort. He has the physical strength to make a difference."
Foster, a two-time all-region pick and a four-year starter at Lewisville, has 33 tackles, including 15 tackles for loss. He has two sacks, two caused fumbles and six hurries.
Drum said the Lions' football staff has done a top job in helping Foster reach his potential. The Lewisville staff includes Rusty Pemberton (defensive coordinator), Brian Dove (offensive coordinator), Billy Keels (receivers) and Shawn Reen (line coach).
"The day of the Shrine Bowl will be an outstanding day for our school and community," Drum said. "In addition to the coach and player, our cheerleaders and ROTC unit will be a part of the festivities. We're proud to be a part of a great event."
In addition to Drum, the S.C. staff includes Joey Mangum, Central High of Pageland; head coach David Farnham, Blue Ridge; Kemper Amick, Columbia High; Jimmy Neal, Camden High School; Reggie Kennedy, Orangeburg-Wilkinson; Darrell Page, Wilson High of Florence and Fred Edwards, Summerville.
Drum, in four seasons at Lewisville, is 27-15.