Hoggard’s Thompson, Smith selected for N.C. East-West All-Star Game

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A pair of teammates from the Hoggard football team have been selected to play in the 2015 North Carolina East-West All-Star Game on July 22 in Greensboro.

After rushing for more than 2,500 yards, with 35 touchdowns, while averaging 7.7 yards per carry, North Carolina A&T commit Keevin Thompson will represent the area along with offensive lineman Sylvester Smith.

Keevin Thompson. Photo courtesy- Rodney Williams
Keevin Thompson. Photo courtesy Rodney Williams.

“I’m really glad and proud to see them have the opportunity to play in this game,” said Hoggard Athletic Director Scott Braswell. “The whole senior group has been such a blessing to coach this past year. I loved being around them and can’t say enough about how much I care for them, how I much I think of them.”

Thompson and Smith helped guide Hoggard to its second straight Mideastern Conference championship in 2014, a berth in the 4A East Regional and a 13-2 overall record.

The first East-West All-Star Football Game was played in 1949. Bob Jamieson, the Director of the North Carolina Coaches Association, coached the West team in the inaugural contest against Leon Brogden, Wilmington’s legendary coach.

The football game has featured hundreds of future NCAA Division I stars. More than 3,400 North Carolina athletes have had the chance to wear the royal of the East or the scarlet of the West in this annual rivalry game.