Polk County trio chosen for Youth Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas games

Local youth football players, from left, Angus Weaver, Elijah Barnes and Lawson Carter have been chosen to take part in Youth Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas events in December.

A trio of Polk County football players have been chosen to participate in games sponsored by the Youth Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas in December.

Angus Weaver, Elijah Barnes and Lawson Carter were chosen for the Shrine Bowl games after taking part in evaluation combines held for the game. Carter will be part of the Battle of the Borders event for sixth graders held Dec. 16 in Gibbs Stadium in Spartanburg while Weaver and Barnes will compete in the Battle of the Borders for seventh and eighth graders set for Dec. 30 at the Sportsplex at Mathews in Mathews.

The selection is the second for Weaver, a seventh grader at Polk County Middle School. He led his North Carolina Shrine Bowl team in tackles last year to help his team defeat South Carolina. He is entering his eighth season with Polk County Youth Football, playing middle linebacker and running back.

Barnes, a seventh grader at Polk County Middle School who will play with the Wolverines this year, played running back and cornerback/linebacker during his five seasons in PCYF. This is his first Shrine Bowl selection.

It is also the first Shrine Bowl selection for Carter, a sixth grader at Polk County Middle School. He has played three years with PCYF and plays quarterback and defensive back for the Wolverines.

The Youth Shrine Bowl Athletics of the Carolinas is a non-profit organization that sponsors this event to raise awareness and funds to support children’s hospitals across North and South Carolina.

Barnes and the Polk County Middle Wolverines open their season Thursday at Waynesville Middle. Weaver and Carter kicked off their 2017 season with PCYF’s 11-12 team against North Henderson on Aug. 19 and won 18-0.