SAN ANTONIO - Shiloh Whetsel rushed for 1,700 yards and had 650 yards receiving during his senior season as Refugio went 15-0 and won the Class 2A, Division II state championship.
But Whetsel still felt he had something to prove to his South teammates in the Texas High School Coaches Association All-Star Football Game.
"I come from a 2A school and I'm playing with 4A and 5A players now," Whetsel said. "I just want to show everybody that I can play with them."
Whetsel started at running back and kick returner in the South's 30-16 loss on Tuesday night at the Alamodome.
He carried only five times for two yards and did not get a chance to return a kick, but played a good portion of the game.
Whetsel will attend Texas State University on a partial scholarship after turning down offers from out-of-state schools.
"All my offers were from out-of-state," he said. "I really wasn't feeling leaving the state of Texas. That's how that came about."
Whetsel ran behind Edna's Mac Long, who started at left guard.
Long will attend the University of Houston and is expected to move to center.
"They told me to practice snapping," Long said. "You've got to know all the fronts and everything. You've got to do two things at once. You've got to snap and step."
Cuero's Colton Jacob played defensive end for the South and had two tackles, but will be playing tight end at Mary Hardin Baylor.
"To me it's football," Jacob said. "I love playing it and happy to play anywhere.
It's just getting a little bit bigger, stronger and catching."
Landon Lock will play middle linebacker at Eastern New Mexico, the same position he played at Gonzales.
But Lock played outside linebacker for the South and was third on the team with five tackles, including one for a loss.
"I may be one of the smallest linebackers," Lock said, "but I want to show people I belong in this game."
The North's Avian Edwards from Stephenville, who rushed for 74 yards, was the offensive MVP and the North's Lance
Duran from Austin Westlake, who had 2.5 tackles and recovered a fumble, was the defensive MVP.
NOTES: Former Bay City athletic director and head football coach Ron Mills will be inducted into the Texas High School Coaches Association Hall of Honor.
Mills was at Bay City for 13 seasons. From 1978 to 1986, the Blackcats made seven playoff appearances, won two regional championships, made two semifinal appearances, two state final appearances and won the Class 4A state title in 1983.
Mills also coached at San Marcos and Brenham. He had an overall record of 203-115-14.
Mills will be honored at the Hall of Honor Luncheon scheduled for Wednesday at the Grand Hyatt Texas Ballroom.
Also at the luncheon, Refugio football coach Jason Herring, Edna track and field coach Ben Callies, and Weimar golf coaches will be honored for leading their respective teams to state championships.
The Yoakum at Cuero game on Oct. 19 will be the Fox Sports Southwest DQ Big Game of the Week.
Former Yoakum and Wharton athletic director and head football coach Jessie Crow has become the athletic director at Marble Falls Faith Academy and former Wharton head football coach Russell Roberts is the head football coach at Marble Falls Faith Academy.
The THSCA announced that 12,672 coaches had registered for coaching school.
THSCA All-Star Football Game
North 30, South 16
Score by Quarters
North 14-3-13-0- 30
South 0 -8-0-8-16
1st 04:38 NORTH Nicholas, Clayton 1 yd run (Jordan, Nick kick)
11 plays, 69 yards, TOP 6:50 7 - 0
01:01 NORTH Ellis, Michael 21 yd pass from Bishop, Matt (Jordan, Nick kick)
4 plays, 49 yards, TOP 1:56 14 - 0
2nd 08:01 NORTH Jordan, Nick 31 yd field goal
7 plays, 21 yards, TOP 3:07 17 - 0
00:07 SOUTH Momon, Trent 15 yd pass from Dausin, Rex (Price, Marcus pass from Dausin)
13 plays, 55 yards, TOP 3:51 17 - 8
3rd 04:13 NORTH Onderdonck, Wayne 2 yd run (Jordan, Nick kick)
8 plays, 55 yards, TOP 4:12 24 - 8
01:19 NORTH Onderdonck, Wayne 2 yd run (Jordan, Nick kick blockd)
5 plays, 30 yards, TOP 1:57 30 - 8
4th 00:00 SOUTH Davis, Reginald 25 yd pass from Prukop, Dakota (Davis, Reginald pass from Prukop)
5 plays, 53 yards, TOP 1:49 30 - 16
Offensive MVP Aiavion Edwards (North)
Defensive MVP Lance Duran (North)