Saluda High School standout quarterback Noah Bell, who has led the Tigers to a 6-1 season so far in 2019, has been named a finalist for the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl’s annual designation of “South Carolina Mr. Football.”
Bell is a 6-2, 215-pound senior who is as yet uncommitted to play college football. In the Tigers’ third game of this season against Ridge Spring-Monetta, he broke a Saluda High record by throwing six touchdown passes in the game.
On Wednesday, Oct. 9, the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association selected seven finalists for the 2019 Mr. Football. All seven players will be recognized during halftime of the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl on Saturday, Dec. 14, at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium in Myrtle Beach, followed by the introduction of this year’s award recipient.
Other finalists for the award are Mikele Colasurdo, Chapman High School (who has committed to Georgia State); Luke Doty, Myrtle Beach High School (who has committed to the University of South Carolina); Rahjai Harris, Byrnes High School (who has committed to East Carolina University); Jalin Hyatt, Dutch Fork High School (who has committed to the University of Tennessee); Duane Martin, Laurens District 55 High School (who has committed to the University of Louisville); and Tyler Venables, Daniel High School (who has committed to Clemson).
The S.C. Athletic Coaches Association established the Mr. Football award in 1995. Seven former recipients have played or are currently playing in the National Football League.
“We want to thank our committee who came in to choose our Mr. Football candidates,” said Shell Dula, executive director of the S.C. Athletic Coaches Association. “We feel that the finalists are not only outstanding football players but also outstanding young men. They certainly represent the state of South Carolina in a very positive way.”
The 2019 Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl will be played at Noon on Saturday, Dec. 14, at Doug Shaw Memorial Stadium in Myrtle Beach. Players chosen to compete in this year’s contest will be announced on Monday, Oct. 21. Tickets can be purchased at www.TouchstoneEnergyBowl.com.
From Staff Reports / Posted October 9, 2019