Cooper named North Carolina MVP, Coplon recovers two fumbles

Published: Sunday, December 16, 2012 at 05:19 PM.

Pharoh Cooper has two high school state championships, the Most Valuable Player Award in this year’s state title game and an Offensive MVP honor in the 2011 finals.

Havelock’s star senior capped his prep football career by being selected as North Carolina’s Offensive MVP in the 76th edition Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas.

Cooper, a University of South Carolina commit, accounted for more than 300 all-purpose yards and had a touchdown run.

Cooper’s North Carolina squad fell to South Carolina 23-19 at Gibbs Stadium in Spartanburg, S.C., on Saturday.

“In middle school, I never thought I’d have all these opportunities,” Cooper said. “It’s a great feeling and a great honor. I have to give all of the glory to God. He put me in this situation.

“It was a great feeling, in my final high school game, to be named Offensive MVP.”

The Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas is a prestigious all-star high school football game that pits the elite players from North Carolina against the best from South Carolina.

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