Above: Hilton Head Island quarterback Jaylen Sneed gets overpowered by Beaufort’s Alvin Wilson on Friday, Sept. 1, at Beaufort High. Photos by Bob Sofaly.
By Wes Kerr
Beaufort High defensive end Alvin Wilson and Whale Branch defensive tackle Xavier Chaplin will represent northern Beaufort County on the South roster in South Carolina’s biggest all-star football game this December. The area standouts were selected Monday to play in the 2021 Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl, joining a list of 88 high school seniors across the state.
Wilson has anchored a stellar Beaufort High defensive line that has allowed just 13.75 points per game this season. The Eagle veteran has dominated in the trenches and has become a terrific leader of an impressive front seven.
Chaplin has shined at defensive tackle for Whale Branch as a reliable run stuffer in the heart of a potent Warrior line. His 33 tackles rank second on the team alongside five tackles for loss and two sacks. Chaplin’s outstanding effort has made him a valuable component of a Whale Branch unit primed for a deep postseason run.
Also from Beaufort County, May River’s Garvin Douglas and Jaeon Allen were named to the South roster alongside Hilton Head High two-way star Jaylen Sneed,
The 2021 Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl will be held on December 11 at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium in Myrtle Beach. The all-star game was first played in 1948 and will return this season after last year’s edition was canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
With the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas called off for the second straight season, the event will be the only fully sanctioned all-star game for the state’s high school seniors in 2021.