After going undefeated, winning its region, and their second consecutive AAAA Division 1 state championship, the Gaffney Indians surely had an all-star caliber team. To go along with that, it also had some all-star caliber players. Quarterback Malcolm Long and wide receiver Tyson Petty made the North-South All-Star Game held in Conway, SC at Coastal Carolina University. Cornerback Kelin Morris was selected to this year's South Carolina Shrine Bowl team as well.
Long, who has been a starter since his tenth grade year, accounted for nearly 3,000 yards passing and over 20 touchdown passes in the regular season. “It’s an honor to be selected. It could have been someone else, but I thank God that I was chosen,” stated Long. Petty had well over 1,000 yards receiving and nearly 10 touchdowns. “I’m very excited about making the North-South game. I look forward to having fun at the beach,” exclaimed Petty. Both Long and Petty are excited about each other being selected to the game. “It means a lot for Tyson to make it as well because as a quarterback, I already know what he can do and we have a good connection,” said Long. Petty has been Long’s go-to receiver for the season. “It feels great for Malcolm to be there with me. With him there, I’ll be comfortable because I’m used to him throwing me the ball,” Petty remarked.
Morris has had an excellent season with two interceptions and two fumble recoveries. “It feels good to be selected to the Shrine Bowl because it’s something I didn’t even expect of having a chance to get this year,” the corner said. Last year the Indians had two players selected for the Shrine Bowl in center Brett Irvin and linebacker Julius Wilkerson. “I feel sort of lucky to be the only selection. We have many athletes on this team who could’ve been chosen.” Morris says he wants to remember where he’s from when participating in the event. “I expect it to be fun. I’m going to play hard and represent Gaffney. I want to play well for my teammates and just have fun.”
With the Indians having already reached their goal of a state championship, all three all-stars are a big reason for helping to get them there. “We have a great atmosphere and our fans are behind us. This town is all about their football,” said Long. The Indians won their 16th State Championship on December 2nd in Columbia with a 45-0 win over Irmo.
North-South WR Tyson Petty
North-South QB Malcolm Long
Shrine Bowl bound Kelin Morris
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