Locals compete in all-star game

Published 7:20 am Monday, August 1, 2011

Shaq McMeans, left, and Michael Watts, right, recently participated in the Alabama All-Star Sports Week. The pair will play this upcoming season at Tuskegee. (Advocate Staff/Austin Nelson)

Two Greenville High School alums participated in the Alabama All-Star Sports Week  series, which saw a record-breaking comeback from the South squad to topple North 33-30.

Wide receiver Michael Watts and right tackle Shaq McMeans both said the level of  competition was change of pace from high school.

“Everybody was good,” McMeans said.

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The game is unique from most others in that players from all across the state are thrown together and have only a short time to practice together.

“After the first day, everybody clicked up,” Watts said. “We all connected before we left and added each other on Facebook.”

Both McMeans and Watts will be heading to Tuskeegee in the fall, and McMeans said a lot of his teammates at the all-star game will be heading to other local colleges.

“We will still see each other again,” McMeans said.

The North held the lead throughout the entire game, up 19-8 at half and eventually bolstering its lead to 26-8 in the third. With only minutes remaining in the game, North made it a two score game, 33-23.

But the South refused to give up. A 13-yard pass found the hands of Watts with only 54 seconds left in the game to bring the score 33-30. With no other choice left and time running out, the South went fro broke kicking an onside kick and recovered it on the North 48-yard line.

The South managed to move the length of the field and score another touchdown in four plays, leaving only 25 seconds on the clock after they had pulled the score to 37-33.

Watts picked up two touchdowns for the day, and McMeans tallied 7 tackles.

“It was an exciting game,” McMeans said.

The two now prepare for the start of college practices, which the two say they have heard is “excruciating.” Tuskegee will begin practice Aug. 10.