High School Football

Shrine Bowl notes: Some players right at home on practice field

Eighty-six Shrine Bowl players are trying to get adjusted to their new practice facilities.

But for Spartanburg's Ronnie Martin and Stephen Grommer, it was business as usual. The practices for the 74th Annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas are at Spartanburg High School. They were previously at Dorman High School.

The Vikings' pair spent their careers preparing for games at the facilities. Martin said being at home improves his chances of standing out at practice this week.

"It's fun," he said. "I feel like I've got an advantage on my own field. I'm used to practicing on it."

For Grommer, though, a road trip would have been more appealing.

"A change of scenery would have been nice," the Maryland commitment said. "It's not really an advantage to me here. A practice field is a practice field."

Martin, a University of South Carolina commitment, said a nice change has been getting to know future teammates such as Lake City running back Shon Carson and Calhoun County wide receiver Shamier Jeffery.

"We've been talking about being together next year, so we want to go ahead and get started [winning] now," Martin said.

Martin said he and other future Gamecocks are trying to convince some of their undecided teammates to join them in Columbia.

"We've been talking to [South Pointe defensive end Jadeveon] Clowney about committing," he said. "He acts like he wants to come, but isn't saying anything yet."

Although Martin and Grommer are excited about next season, both want to cap their prep careers with a win.

"It will be fun playing one last time at Wofford," Grommer said. "It will be like a playoff game."

"It's great and will be a big game," Martin said. "I want to win."

Moss impressed

South Carolina head coach Mickey Moss (Blacksburg) said his team was sharp despite Monday's frigid conditions. Temperatures lingered below freezing and high winds whipped the practice field for the two-hour session.

"We didn't have any time wasted," Moss said. "Our kids hustled and picked everything up we've put in so far."

Quarterbacks strong

Quarterbacks Justin Worley (Northwestern), Everett Golson (Myrtle Beach) and DeEdward Burris (Gaffney) looked strong in the spread offense. Each did a nice job of rolling out and hitting their targets in stride and took an equal number of snaps.

Moss said he was pleased with Worley and Golson, but is optimistic Burris will add another dimension to the offense.

"DeEdward can do so many things for us," Moss said. "We've got some things planned and will use him at several positions on Saturday."

Injury report

Defensive lineman Phillip Dukes (Manning) rolled his ankle toward the end of the morning practice and sat out the remainder with an ice pack on the injury. Moss said indications are the injury won't keep Dukes sidelined.

"It's nothing real severe," Moss said. "We got him on ice right away and will continue to monitor it."

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