Local DBs to represent area in 71st North-South game


The defensive backfield for the South squad in the Touchstone Energy North-South All-Star Football Game will have a local flavor to it.

Crestwood High School's Sheddrick Ervin and Keondre Tappin of Scott's Branch have been selected to play in the 71st edition of the game. The contest will be played at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium in Myrtle Beach on Dec. 9.

Ervin is a 4-year starter for the Knights, who are 4-5 on the season heading into their regular-season finale against Sumter School District rival Lakewood. So far this season, Ervin has 30 total tackles, five passes broken up and two interceptions.

He's also been a contributor on both offense and special teams. He has 200 yards rushing, 100 receiving and three touchdowns. He has 180 kickoff return yards.

"He's been a 4-year starter for us since I came on," said CHS head coach Roosevelt Nelson, who is in his fourth year in charge. "He's a great defensive player and one that can play anywhere. He's played corner(back), safety and linebacker for us."

Tappin has had a tremndous career in his three years as a starter for the Eagles, who are 5-4 this season heading into Friday's game against C.E. Murray.

Tappin has 12 interceptions in his career, returning two for touchdowns. He has 156 tackles, broken up 35 passes, forced two fumbles and recovered four fumbles.

As a wingback on offense, he's rushed 124 times for 1,466 yards and 14 TDs and has 26 receptions for 532 yards and three scores.

"He's a great player on both sides of the ball," SB head coach Wayne Farmer said of Tappin. "He's a great leader, has great work ethic.

"He's a great cover guy. He plays with a lot of confidence."