YORK — Ryan Moore, who accounted for a rare high school football feat of 1,000-plus rushing yards four consecutive years, is gearing up for participation in Saturday’s North-South All-Star Football Classic.
The event will begin at noon at Myrtle Beach High School football stadium.
The premier Cougar running back will be accompanied by John Moorefield, longtime assistant football coach and assistant athletic director at YCHS, and student-trainer Danny Hevelow.
“It is an honor to be selected to play with and against some of the best players in the state,” said Moore, who is practicing with the North All-Star team this week.
“It is neat having some of our own there,” he said, referring to Moorefield and Hevelow.
Mindful of the opportunity to be seen by a flock of college scouts from around the country, Moore has the mindset to meet the challenge.
“I’m going there to win, not for any other reason,” he said during an intense workout in York before his departure. “I look forward to the all-star game and all of the activities during the week.”
Moore said he is excited about the caliber of players who will be competing in the North-South game. “I can’t wait to get there,” he said.
While he said he is excited about the North-South All-Star experience, Moore has big plans when he returns home.
“I will be leaving soon for Youngstown State to earn a running back spot,” said Moore. “I want to help them win a national championship.”
Moorefield, whose strength is coaching defense, will be responsible for coaching the North All-Star team’s outside linebackers.
“That worked out well for me,” he said.
Moorefield said he looks forward to coaching in the annual North-South game and renewing friendships with two of the North coaches.
Moorefield said the North-South participants will gain valuable exposure.
“The game in Myrtle Beach is played the week before the Shrine Bowl game,” Moorefield said. “There will be a lot of college scouts at the practices.”
Hevelow, a three-year student-trainer at York who plans to enroll at Winthrop University in the fall to study sports medicine, said he is in his element at the all-star practices this week.
“It’s exciting, a great opportunity,” said Hevelow, a senior who left for Myrtle Beach on Sunday. “I’ll be doing the same things I did at the football practices in York.”
Hevelow said it will be a week to remember: “There are a lot of activities planned, including a trip to Broadway at the Beach,” he said.