WINNSBORO — Fairfield Central student-athlete Compton Walker pulled out of the North-South All-Star game due to an injured shoulder. Walker’s team — the North — won the game 38-21 despite being predicted to lose on Dec. 14.
Head football coach Demetrius Davis said Walker was nursing a sore shoulder and needed to have it looked at before the start of baseball season.
“Compton (Walker) is a talented athlete and he has bright future in either baseball or football,” Davis noted. “As far as football is concerned, he could really be whatever he wanted to be.”
Walker is projected as one of Fairfield Central’s top pitchers this spring, and he did a little bit of everything for the Griffins’ football team this past season.
He led the team in punting (37.4 yard average), interceptions (five), passes defended (14), punt returns (24.3 yard average and two touchdowns) as well as catching six passes for 130 yards and two touchdowns. Walker also handled the place kicking duties, and was 30-33 on extra points and 2-5 on field goals.
The North-South game, which was played at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium in Myrtle Beach, began in 1947 with a goal of highlighting the best high school football players in South Carolina. Each year, a committee of high school coaches select 88 outstanding seniors from each region of the state to participate.
Proceeds from the North-South All-Star Game go to the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association Scholarship Fund to benefit the children of the state’s athletic coaches.
During halftime, Stratford quarterback Jacob Park was announced as this year’s “Mr. Football,” which is the top senior player in the state. The last two winners, including Park, committed to play football for the University of Georgia. Prior to that, the previous four winners went on to play for the University of South Carolina.
Park is the eighth quarterback to be named “Mr. Football,” since the 1995 season. He will play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl in January after throwing for 3,665 yards and 33 touchdowns, including four in Stratford’s class AAAA Division II state championship loss to Northwestern.