Everyone knew Gaffney was going to be a force again coming into this season but a large part of their success was due to North-South participant wide receiver Tyson Petty. Petty, who was known in Gaffney for his blazing speed on the track made the transition to football smoothly and the rest is history as they say.
Long and Petty connected for a score early on after a 25 yard touchdown run by Irmo's Mario Carter which started the scoring. Woodruff High standout RB Tymeau-the Meredith also scored the game's second TD. Meredith impressed many in attendance with his hard-nosed running style and tremendous size. From there the North defense answered the bell each and every time the South offense tried to rally. Byrnes LB Chad Diehl(Clemson commit) lead a stout North defense with 5 tackles (1 TFL and a sack) en route to winning the defensive player of the game award for the North squad.
Also having a nice defensively game for the North was Saluda's James Mobley and J.L. Mann's Harry Cabaniss who both made their presence felt intercepting passes in the first quarter. Colorado commit Devonne Quattlebaum also picked off a pass for the North late in the game to seal the shutout victory.
Malcolm Long ended his high school career on 9-19 passing for 125 yards and the touchdown to Petty. For players like Long and Petty it was their last chance to showcase their talents for college coaches in hopes of earning scholarships.
One D1 college assistant in attendance speaking on the basis of anonymity told us, "There are definitely some kids out here that are division 1 talents and a few of them really opened some eyes today with their play in a setting such as this. In a lot of ways this is just like a college game if you take in the fact that these are some of the best players in the state of South Carolina. The strength and speed displayed here is what they'll see every Saturday on the college level. I've got quite a few new names that I'll be contacting ASAP after watching this game."
That alone is one of the big reasons these games are so important to players that haven't had the chance for college coaches to see them play much. Scholarship offers were earned on Saturday and SCPrepNation.com will have more coverage as those offers come to fruition.
Below are some photos of Saturday's standouts from the North-South game:
LB Chad Diehl (Clemson)
DE Carlos Dunlap
WR Tyson Petty
OT Quintin Richardson (South Carolina)
OT David Smith (Clemson)
QB/DB Kendrick Pressley (Virginia Tech)
OT Kyle Fischer (Vanderbilt)
DB Keon Cunningham
OG Chris Gray (North Carolina)
DE Antwane Glenn (Kentucky)