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Dopson showcases football all-star skills

  • Photo courtesy the Dopson family Hardeeville’s Dre’Von Dopson, 9, competed in a football all-star game in Virginia against top third-graders around the country.

Hardeeville’s Dre’Von Dopson is a national football all-star.

Dopson, 9, a third-grader at Hardeeville Elementary School, competed during Memorial Day weekend at the Diamond Spring All American Games in Virginia Beach, Va.

The Diamond Sports Group said on its website it “exposes the unknown athlete and sheds more light on the known athlete.”

Dopson’s father, Andre, said his son took the majority of the snaps at quarterback in the game that featured top third-graders from throughout the country.

Dre’Von was named the starter after three practices with two other ­quarterbacks. His team won 20-18 after they tied the score 18-18 on a 60-yard touchdown run with 11 seconds remaining. Dopson, 4-foot-8, 98 pounds, was on the field for the winning 2-point conversion. Dopson was 2-for-3 passing, including a 25-yard pass on fourth down early in the game, Andre Dopson said. The team ran the spread and wishbone offenses.

“There was so much talent out there,” Andre Dopson said. Andre Dopson, co-commissioner of the Hardeeville Canes, said his son’s participation will give other Hardeeville Canes exposure in future all-star games.

“He has opened the door for more kids,” he said.

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