The state’s top high school football players will face off one last time this season in the 2022 Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 10. The annual north-south game, organized by the S.C. Athletic Coaches Association, takes place at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium in Myrtle Beach with a noon kickoff.
WHEN: Dec. 10, 2022. Kickoff is at noon.
WHERE: Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium, 705 33rd Avenue North, Myrtle Beach.
TICKETS: Online tickets are $25 at TouchstoneEnergyBowl.com/tickets. At the stadium, tickets will cost $30 each.
DON’T MISS: The 2022 Mr. Football award—the state’s highest honor for prep athletes—will be presented during halftime.
BACK BY POPULAR DEMAND: From 5:30 to 9 p.m. on the Friday before the game, 88 top players from the Class of 2024 will show their athletic talents in the Joanne Langfitt Junior Showcase. Players will be organized into teams and compete based on position and skill set. Events include 7-on-7s, a truck pull and bench press competition. The showcase is free and open to the public.
The game recognizes 88 student-athletes from across the state, not just for their athletic ability but for their character on and off the field. These young men develop a true spirit of camaraderie throughout the week leading up to the big game—honing their skills and developing friendships that last a lifetime.
Led by North head coach Robin Bacon of Spring Valley and South head coach Justin Gentry of Chapin, the coaching staff selected the top 88 available seniors for this year’s game.
“This whole process has been awesome,” Gentry said. “As coaches, we began evaluating film last spring and I can honestly say that the talent in South Carolina is as good as there is in the country. I am really looking forward to meeting all the players and getting to work.”
“My coaches’ tireless work of getting film and nominations has been a big plus. I feel excellent about the team we put together because of all the hard work and meetings over the last six months,” said Bacon. “We spent hundreds of hours looking at film and researching players.”
This year’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl is filled with players who have garnered college offers from around the country, including several from Power 5 programs. The coaching staff assigned to each squad will arrive in Myrtle Beach on Monday, Dec. 5, with players checking in the next day. Teams will then have four days of on-field preparation and film work prior to Saturday’s game.2022 Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl Roster [PDF]
Editor’s note: South Carolina’s electric cooperatives are the primary sponsors of the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl, North vs. South All-Star game. The South Carolina Athletics Coaches Association organizes the event and is responsible for selecting players and South Carolina’s Mr. Football award.
by Chase Toler