The Goose Creek football program’s big week got a little bigger on Wednesday when two Gators were selected to play in the Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas. Tramel Terry and defensive lineman Gerald Turner were invited play in the 76th annual event on Dec. 15 at Gibbs Stadium in Spartanburg.
The announcement came two days before the Gators play Cane Bay on national television. The Gators will host the Cobras at 6 p.m. Friday, and the game will be televised by ESPNU.
Timberland also had two players make the team: defensive back Austin McKinney and lineman Brian Moore. Ashley Ridge running back Romelo Doctor was the only other player from the tri-county to make the team. Other Lowcountry selections included Hilton Head quarterback Michael Julian and Lake Marion wide receiver Michael Williams.
Stratford’s Ray Stackley will be the head coach for the South Carolina team which plays the North Carolina squad in the oldest high school football all-star game in the country.
Goose Creek and Timberland both are defending state champions.
Goose Creek, the Division II-AAAA champ, is led by Terry, who can play wide receiver, running back and defensive back. He has committed to play for Georgia. Turner is a big, strong and fast lineman who has committed to play for South Carolina.
Timberland, the defending Division I-AA state champ, is led by McKinney and Moore.
“Austin has really taken it to another level the last few weeks,” Timberland coach Art Craig said. “He returned an interception 85 yards for a touchdown, and returned another 109 yards against Lake City on television last week. He can run and catch and is dangerous on both sides of the ball.”
Moore is the first player in Timberland history to be a four-year starter on both the offensive and defensive lines.
“He’s been the consistent force,” Craig said.
Goose Creek’s Terry and Turner both made impacts their freshman years. Terry started immediately for the Gators while Turner started getting serious playing time late in his freshman season and has been a fixture on the defense since then.
Doctor has been a player Lowcountry fans have heard about for four years, too. He burst onto the scene in 2009 when he scored four TDs in his first varsity game. He’s never slowed down and has rushed for more than 4,000 yards in his career.
“Romelo is so patient with his blockers. He reads his blocks so well, he always seems to put the defender in a bad situation when he makes his cut.”
Stackley said he was proud of his staff for the work they made in helping with the picks.
“I think we have done a good job of uncovering players who were exposed to us,” said the 28-year veteran coach.
“We know we don’t have the best 44 players in the state because of the limit of two players from a team. Not everyone is going to be happy, but it’s always going to be that way. We feel the team is evenly distributed with players from around the state.”