Chapin’s Logan Bailey and Batesburg-Leesville’s Terrence Wilson have been two of the marquee players in the Midlands during their careers.
On Monday, Bailey, a quarterback, and Wilson, a running back, were rewarded by being selected to play for the North squad in the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives North-South game.
Bailey and Wilson were two of the 16 Midlands players selected for the game, which will be held Dec. 12 at Doug Shaw Stadium in Myrtle Beach. Complete rosters are expected to be released Tuesday.
The game will be held on the same day as the Class 3A and 4A championship games, which were pushed back because of the flooding throughout the state this month.
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And with Chapin off to an 8-0 start for the first time since 1987, there is a chance Bailey and his top target Evan Estridge, who also was picked for the game, might have to miss the all-star game if the Eagles make it to the title game, something they would glady do.
“I would much rather play in a state championship game.” Estridge said.
Bailey is coming off a seven-TD effort Friday against Dreher and has 2,487 total yards and has 42 touchdowns this year. The senior has 72 TDs for his career.
This season, Estridge has caught 31 passes for 628 yards and a team-high 15 TDs. He also is averaging 43.2 yards a punt.
“It is absolute honor,” Bailey said. “I don’t think of another receiver I would rather throw to. I’m looking forward to it and excited.”
“I have been playing with Logan since middle school so it is a real honor,” Estridge said. “It is a blessing for both of us to be chosen together.”
Wilson became B-L’s all-time leading rusher Friday and has rushed 1,403 yards and 24 total TDs this season and more than 4,200 yards for his career.
Blythewood also had two players picked on the North squad — defensive back Khris Pam and lineman Xavier Kelly. Other Midlands selections on the North team are Dreher QB Avery Armstrong, Spring Valley’s R.J. Bacon, Newberry’s Jacree Caldwell and Pelion’s Octavious Green.
Armstrong, a Furman commit, has more than 1,500 yards of total offense and 13 TDs this season for the Blue Devils.
“He has been critical for us and has been our starter the past three seasons,” Dreher coach Treigh Sullivan said. “He has grown every day as a leader and I am glad to see him selected.”
Lexington receiver Tyler Schadewald and linebacker Trey Mitchell were selected to the South squad, giving the Wildcats four all-star selections this year. Jayson Hopper and Nick Graves were chosen for the Shrine Bowl last month.
Schadewald has caught 32 passes and leads the team with 632 yards receiving. Mitchell has 68 tackles and team-high 12 for loss.
Other Midlands selections on the South squad are White Knoll’s Tyquilo Moore, River Bluff’s Davon Johnson, Irmo’s Phillip Barrett, Swansea’s Mason Ray and Brookland-Cayce’s Patrick McNeil.