Hoggard, West Brunswick football players earn invite to North Carolina East-West Game

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GREENSBORO – The North Carolina Coaches Association (NCCA) has released rosters for the 2017 East-West All-Star football game to be played July 19 at Grimsley High School’s Jamieson Stadium. The game will feature some of the best recently graduated football players from around the state.

Collin Hairr and his family enjoy senior night festivities last fall. Photo courtesy- John Crouch.
Collin Hairr and his family enjoy senior night festivities last fall. Photo courtesy- John Crouch.

A total of four local standouts representing Hoggard and West Brunsiwck High Schools have been selected to compete in the contest held since 1949.

Leading the list is reigning Mideastern Conference Offensive Player of the Year Anthony ‘Bubba’ McCray. West Brunswick teammate Taye Vereen (OL/DL) also earned an invite, while Collin Hairr (WR) and Patrick Morrison (TE) are set to represent Hoggard.

With nearly 2,000 yards on the ground and 27 touchdowns this season, McCray helped guide the Trojans to a 9-4 overall record and 4-2 conference mark. He finished with 2,171 total yards of offense. West Brunswick rushed for 293 yards per game as the Trojans advanced to the second round of the 3AA playoffs.

McCray had an impressive nine, 100-plus yard rushing games. His biggest output came in West Brunswick’s season opener when his speed and power were on full display with 267 yards rushing in a 43-28 victory against Socastee. McCray and the Trojans added a statement win on Oct. 14, 2016 when the senior finished with 40 rushing attempts, 184 yards and three touchdowns in an impressive 26-14 result over New Hanover.

WR– Collin Hairr, Hoggard: Hairr was a key component in the Hoggard passing attack. If he didn’t miss a month of the season due to a broken collarbone, Hairr likely would have been a first-team pick. He saw action in nine games. He had 38 receptions for 705 yards and nine touchdowns. Hairr had a season-high seven catches, 130 yards and two touchdowns in his final high school game, a 49-27 defeat against Scotland County in the third round of the 4A playoffs.

The Hoggard standout received a full scholarship to continue his football career next season and join former teammate Hunter Louthan at Davidson College.

TE– Patrick Morrison, Hoggard: Morrison is the second tight end from Hoggard to be selected for the East-West All-Star Game in as many years. He follows the footsteps of Davidson College rising sophomore Hunter Louthan.

Morrison had 18 catches for 249 yards and two touchdowns. He had a one-yard scoring reception against Scotland County and a season long 49 yard catch against Seventy-First. Morrison also played a big part in the run game, helping the offensive line up front as the Vikings rushed for 210 yards per game.

After receiving offers to play at a few small schools and walk-on inquiries, Morrison opted to end his football career and will attend North Carolina State.

OL/DL – Taye Vereen, West Brunswick: Vereen will continue his playing career next season at UNC-Pembroke. He anchored a West Brunswick offensive line that helped push the Trojans to nearly 300 rushing yards per game.