Led by North head coach Robin Bacon of Spring Valley and South head coach Justin Gentry of Chapin, the two staffs selected the top 88 available seniors for this year’s game, to be played December 10, at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium in Myrtle Beach.
“This whole process has been awesome,” Gentry said. “As coaches, we began evaluating film last spring and I can honestly say that the talent in South Carolina is as good as there is in the country. I am really looking forward to meeting all the players and getting to work.”
Said Bacon: “My coaches’ tireless work of getting film and nominations has been a big plus. I feel really good about the team we put together because of all the hard work and meetings over the last six months. We spent hundreds of hours looking at film and researching players.”
This year’s Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl is filled with players who have garnered college offers from around the country, including several to Power 5 programs.
The staff for each squad will arrive in Myrtle Beach on Monday, December 5, with players checking in the next day. Teams will then have four days of on-field preparation and film work prior to Saturday’s game.
That Thursday, December 8, players from both teams will be paired with local children for a holiday shopping spree at the Myrtle Beach Target. Then, on Friday, while the senior selections are at TopGolf for an evening of entertainment, the Joanne Langfitt Showcase will feature 120 of the state’s best juniors in a skills challenge at Doug Shaw.
Altogether, this prestigious event is only improving for coaches, players and their families.
“It’s bigger, better and more financially secure than ever,” Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Game Director Scott Earley said. “We’re excited about TopGolf. We’re really excited about the Joanne Langfitt Junior Showcase. We hope we can get some great weather and continue to show off the Touchstone Energy Bowl and the Joanne Langfitt Junior Showcase the best we can.”
Advance-purchase tickets are now available online at TouchstoneEnergyBowl.com/tickets for $25. On game day at the stadium, tickets will cost $30 each. School group rates will also be available through South Coaches Athletics Coaches Association. Fans in attendance at the game will also see the half-time presentation of the 2022 Mr. Football award, given to the state’s top senior football player.
The Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl, formerly the North-South Game, was first played in 1948, with the 2020 cancellation being the only gap in its history. South Carolina's electric cooperatives became the title sponsor in 2013.