Three locals on Shrine Bowl team
Four of the Lowcountry’s top high school football players were chosen to play on the state’s premier all-star team after the season ends.
Goose Creek’s Caleb Kinlaw and Kalan Ritchie, along with Stratford’s Jacob Park and Wando’s Nolan Kelleher will represent the Sandlappers in the Shrine Bowl on Dec. 21 in Spartanburg.
The 77th annual game against the Tar Heel State all-stars will be held at Wofford’s Gibbs Stadium.
All four players are committed to major universities, including three to the Southeastern Conference.
Ritchie will sign with USC, Park to UGA and Kelleher to Florida.
Kinlaw is committed to Georgia Tech.
Orangeburg-Wilkinson’s Tommy Brown is the head coach of the Palmetto State squad.
“This is the fifth year in a row that we have had a Shrine Bowl participant, and two each of the last three years,” GCHS coach Chuck Reedy said. “Caleb and Kalan continue a tradition of excellent players who have contributed to our success. They are outstanding players and representatives of Goose Creek High School and our football program.”
Park was chosen as a quarterback for the Sandlappers and will also play in the U.S. Army All-American Game. He is a four-year starter for the Knights.
”He’s a guy that’s been pretty good pre-snap the last couple of years,” SHS coach Ray Stackley said. “Post snap he’s smart enough on reads that he can leave the primary receiver and go to No. 2 or 3 because of that.”
The U.S. Army All-American Game is set for Jan. 4 in San Antonio.