2014 Football Awards
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Front row: Tim Burch, Senior Manager Appreciation; Aaron Camp, Co-Yates and Marie Abernathy Sportsmanship Award; Hunter McCorkle, Co- Yates and Marie Abernathy Sportsmanship Award; Nick Farmer, JV Defensive Player of the Year; Ryland Etherton, Bennie Cunningham Most Improved Player; Ty Tinker, JV Offensive Player of the Year

Back row: Jaquan Brooks, Sheila Rollins Most Versatile Player; Stephen Carriker, Dr. Eddie Lineberger Best Blocker; Tanner Muse, Dr. Wade Breeland Most Valuable Player, Gaston Gazette All Purpose Player of the Year, AP All State Team; Clay Julen, Gerald Cortner Character, Leadership and Scholarship Award; Tyler Hall, Belmont Drug Co-Best Defensive Player; Matt Mellette, Bobby Brown Unsung Hero Award

Not pictured: Yale Loucks, Belmont Drug Co. - Co-Best Defensive Player.

South Point Well Represented at 78th Shrine Bowl…On the Field and in the Stands

December 22, 2014

December 1937, the Boston Red Sox obtain the contract of a 19 year old named Ted Williams, the Washington Redskins win the National Football Championship, and in Charlotte, North Carolina a special football game is played. Established as a benefit for Shriners Hospitals for Children, the oldest all-star high school football game in the nation features some of the finest football talent from across North and South Carolina. The principle is worthy, the purpose is commendable, and the opportunity to participate is humbling. The 78th annual contest was held at Gibbs Stadium on the campus of Wofford College and South Point's Tanner Muse, by virtue of his outstanding talent on the football field, was chosen to join the North Carolina squad. And in spite of seeing limited action on the field, Muse represented the Red Raiders well by making the most of his playing time.

Credited on defense with a solo tackle and an assist, Muse was a key component for one of the contest's more memorable plays. Down by a score of 21-12 early in the fourth quarter, North Carolina was facing a fourth and long near midfield. Muse entered as the long snapper on the obvious punting situation. He snapped a perfect spiral to his punter and then quickly got behind the line of blockers for the receiving team. Muse, leaping above defenders, hauled in the pass on the fake punt and then carried would be tacklers for a thirty-five yard gain! The first down breathed life into the offense and ignited the North Carolina crowd! The play was special and as mentioned gave a fine account of the determination displayed by players who wear a Red Raider helmet. But it was not the sole testimony of what makes South Point football so special, rather that was expressed by both Muse's attitude and the support of the Red Raider fans in the stands.

South Point counts among its blessings the support shown by fans that fill stadiums wherever the Red Raiders take the field. Such enthusiasm does not happen by chance, rather it is the product of a program that demands effort and builds high character. Coach Lineberger and his staff are dedicated to strengthening the moral character of their players. And men like team chaplain, Joe Lawing, champion that effort. Lawing, like many others, made the trip from Belmont to cheer on Muse and his new teammates. His presence while sporting the Raider red is a testament to his devotion to the program but more importantly to the individual players. The influence is evident when speaking to South Point players. Muse provided the example. Asked to describe his play that resulted in a momentum saving big gain, Muse chose first to speak of the experience of being a part of the Shrine Bowl. "It's real humbling, going to the hospital and seeing those kids, and then being able to play" said Muse, adding that it was also an honor to be a part of an event that is designed to help with the care of crippled children. Following that point, it was evident the impact that a simple football game could have on so many lives in so many ways. Muse's strong character and athletic ability has been shaped over many years, beginning at home and continuing through his playing days at South Point. His training led him to be a participant in a special game. His response to the experience reflected well upon himself and the Red Raider football program.

The events on the field were of little consequence. The Sandlappers of South Carolina held on for a 21-12 victory. Since its beginning, the intent is for there to but one winner on the field of play. But as is the case with every Shrine Bowl since 1937, there were many victories on this day, many of those being of far greater importance than numbers on a scoreboard. For South Point, the participation was well deserved, the representation was commendable, and the reflection on the program was outstanding! Thank you and congratulations, Tanner! And thank you, RaiderNation!

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