Thompson, Wells set for North-South clash

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County reps focusing on game

By Robert Howey

Buford High School head football coach Mike Wells said he’s looking forward to Saturday at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium in Myrtle Beach.

Wells, an assistant coach for the North all-star team in the 61st annual North-South All-Star game, said the week has gone well for the Upper State team.

“It’s been a lot of fun and we have a good group of coaches and players,” Wells said. “We’ve had a good week and I’ve enjoyed working with these players and at the same time getting to know them.

“This is a special week,” he said. “We’ve worked, but it’s been a good time.”

Wells, who is coaching the linebackers in the game, has had a chance to work with Lancaster High School ace Dawan Thompson.

“Dawan is a good one and it’s easy to see why he was in the running for this game,” Wells said. “He’s a good player and I know he’s looking forward to Saturday as well when he will have a chance to show the state what he’s capable of in a big-time setting.”

Thompson is the first Bruins’ player in the postseason all-star game since the 2004 season when former Bruins Jacoby Thrower and Teddy McIlwain were selected to play.

Thompson anchored the LHS defense which played a major role in the Bruins’ 10-4 season and a Class AAAA state semifinal finish.

“Dawan’s selection is a plus for our program, a stepping stone in gaining statewide recognition,” LHS coach Bennie McMurray said. “These are the best high school players in the state and that’s quite a tribute to Dawan.”

Thompson is one of three area players tabbed for the game. Lewisville quarterback-defense back Isaiah Johnson and Great Falls’ Josh Lynn were chosen. Lynn, at defensive end, was the Red Devils’ defensive leader this fall.

In addition to Wells, Buford High School will be represented by the Jackets’ cheerleading squad led by coach Julie Thompson.

Wells is the second Buford High coach to participate in an elite all-star game this fall.

Buford High School volleyball coach Janet Watson was a coach on the winning North team in the annual North-South All-Star volleyball match held last month at Lander University.

The game, which kicks off at noon, has been switched to Shaw Stadium on the Myrtle Beach High campus after being played the last three seasons at Coastal Carolina’s Brooks Stadium in Conway. Shaw Stadium has undergone renovations in preparation of having the game return to the Grand Strand. Tickets are $15 each at the gate.