Originally created 12/08/00

Seniors ready for showcase



Marcus Lawrence and Maurice Duncan barely had time to celebrate Silver Bluff's Class AA state championship before departing for more football.

The two Bulldogs have spent the week in Myrtle Beach, S.C., with five other area stars, battling some of the state's top college prospects in practice.

They'll take the field at 12:30 p.m. on Saturday in the North-South All-Star game at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium.

"This is their week," Silver Bluff coach Al Lown said. "It's great mainly because they've worked so hard. Their entire careers have been dedicated to making this team special. And they've done that. This week is for them. And I know they're enjoying it."

Lawrence (6-foot-3, 220 pounds) will compete at fullback and linebacker for the South team, while Duncan (5-9, 175) will play at defensive back.

Joining them on the South squad will be Midland Valley's Rod Price (5-10, 160) at receiver and Barnwell's Trey Beasley (5-11, 235) on the offensive line.

On the North team, Aiken's Brian Staley (5-10, 170) will go at defensive back, while Wagener-Salley's Mike Reeder (6-4, 190) will play at wide receiver.

All had standout seasons, and some had stellar careers. Lawrence gained 1,345 yards on the ground this season with 18 touchdowns for the 15-0 Bulldogs, who beat Abbeville 28-21 in the state title game. The senior finished his career with 2,077 yards rushing and 27 touchdowns.

Lawrence, who has drawn considerable interest from several Division I schools, likely will take the junior college rout.

Duncan started at defensive back for Lown for two seasons, finishing with one of the most heralded career's in a long list of Silver Bluff cornerbacks.

The senior had 15 interceptions in two seasons. He had 10 his junior year and five this season. He also had an interception last week in the state title game. He has received strong interest from Furman, Wofford and Chattanooga.

Reeder paced the War Eagles and the area in receiving the past two seasons. This year, the senior caught 31 passes for 739 yards. For his career, Reeder hauled in 59 passes for more than 1,400 yards. He has gotten a hard look from Illinois State.

For the Mustangs' Price, the 2000 season was a breakout year. Price came on strong, surprising even the coaching staff with his big-play capability. The senior finished with more than 350 yards on 21 catches and also returned punts and kickoffs.

Aiken reached two Class AAAA Division II state championships and won a Region 3-AAAA title largely behind Staley, one of the most athletic players in the state. The senior, who is getting heavy interest from Clemson, proved to be a threat on both sides of the ball, snagging 13 interceptions in the past two seasons.

Staley, who had an 85-yard touchdown in last week's state championship, also has piled up more than 1,400 yards of total offense in the past two seasons.

Reach Patrick Green at (803) 648-1395.