Havelock's Cooper, Coplon selected for Shrine Bowl

Published: Wednesday, October 10, 2012 at 01:05 PM.

Cooper has passed for 1,661 yards and 11 touchdowns this season, while running for 795 yards and 12 scores. Coplon, a wide receiver/defensive back, has 213 receiving yards, two interceptions and two punt returns for a touchdown.

“I’m excited for (the Shrine Bowl),” Coplon said. “I’m ready to play. I’m looking forward to playing against better competition.”

The Shrine Bowl is more than just a football game. The players will have mixers, listen to guest speakers and visit the Shriner’s Children’s Hospital.

“It’s going to be great giving back to the community and getting to play some football,” Cooper said. “It’s going to be a fun experience and I am looking forward to it.”

North Carolina won last year’s meeting 26-19.

“I’m going to go in there like it’s any other game, playing with a bunch of great athletes,” Cooper said. “It’s going to be better competition, so it’s going to make me step my game up.”

Other notable Havelock players to participate in the Shrine Bowl include Bruce Carter, now with the Dallas Cowboys, and Corey Robinson, currently starting at the University of South Carolina.

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