A pair of college-bound football players from the area will have the opportunity to represent their high schools one more time after being selected to the prestigious North Carolina East-West All-Star Game set for Wednesday, July 20 at Robert B. Jamieson Stadium in Greensboro.
Davidson College-bound Hunter Louthan and UNC-Pembroke signee Jordan Howard will take the field for the East All-Stars alongside 40 other recent graduates from the eastern part of the state.
The 6-foot, 4-inch, 215-pound Louthan inked with Davidson College in nearby Charlotte during National Signing Day back in February. He was a key blocker for Hoggard and grew as a passing threat at the tight end position over the past two seasons, drawing interest from a handful of mid-major schools.
In 11 games played this fall, Louthan had 22 catches for 381 yards and three touchdowns. The number of receptions doubled from his junior year, when he had 11 grabs, 141 yards and four scores. He had a season-high six receptions for 110 yards in week one of the regular season against Seventy-First this year and recorded his longest touchdown catch of the season, a 59-yard scoring play in a 34-6 win over Ashley.
Howard was a catalyst for the North Brunswick football team as a member of the Scorpions’ defensive unit. The 6-foot, 2-inch 195-pounder runs a 4.54 second 40-yard dash, with a 315 pound bench press and 36-inch vertical.
“Jordan is an unbelievable person,” said North Brunswick Head Coach Larry Brock, who played in the game as a South Brunswick High School alum in 1997. “Not only is he a talented athlete but he’s an even better young man. If the world had a whole bunch of Jordan Howards we’d have a whole lot less problems. He will succeed in anything he puts his mind to. I was lucky to coach him for one season.”
The first East-West All-Star Football Game was played in 1949. Coach Bob Jamieson, the Director of the North Carolina Coaches Association coached the West team against the East’s Leon Brogden, Wilmington’s legendary coach.
The football game has featured hundreds of future NCAA Division I stars. Over 3,400 North Carolina football players have had the chance to wear the royal of the East or the scarlet of the West in this traditional rivalry.