Friday, January 3, 2014
A sophomore and a junior claimed two of the top honors for the sixth annual All-County Line all-star list.
Summerville Communications has released its All-County Line Football Team, a collaborative effort between the Summerville Journal Scene, Berkeley Independent and Goose Creek Gazette. The pool of players came from the following high schools: Ashley Ridge, Berkeley, Cane Bay, Cross, Fort Dorchester, Goose Creek, Hanahan, Stratford, Summerville and Timberland.
For the second consecutive year, Summerville’s John McKissick was named the Dorchester County Coach of the Year.
The Green Wave had a rough start as it lost starting tailback Davon Anderson before the season started and lost one of its top defensive athletes the third week of the season when defensive back Darin Smalls suffered a season-ending injury. Summerville lost that Week 3 game to Goose Creek and a Week 6 game to Stratford, but McKissick and his staff got the Wave back on track.
Summerville went on to sweep its region and advance to the semi-finals of the state playoffs for the first time since 2007. The team finished with an 11-3 record after falling 28-27 to Sumter in the semi-finals.
Green Wave quarterback Sawyer Bridges had a lot to do with that success, which is why he has been named the Dorchester County Offensive Player of the Year. Though only a sophomore, the second-year starter showed great composure and did a fine job of game management in 2013.
Bridges completed 148 passes (45.5%) for 2,248 yards and 21 touchdowns this season. The QB completed passes to 10 different players this season and four different Green Wave receivers had 20 or more receptions.
Bridges also rushed for 289 yards and four TDs, averaging 3.6 yards per carry.
Other players considered for the honor included Fort Dorchester QB Kobe Garrett and Ashley Ridge receiver Donovan Thompson.
Summerville defensive end Kawuan Cox has been named the Dorchester County Defensive Player of the Year. The junior had 95 tackles, including 64 unassisted. He led the Green Wave in sacks with 14 and QB hurries with 23.
The pressure the second-year starter managed to consistently apply was also a factor on many plays for which he didn’t make the tackle.
Other players considered for the honor include Summerville linebacker Mac McCurry and defensive back Kevin Dickinson, Fort Dorchester lineman Eurndraus Bryant and Ashley Ridge defensive back Kendall Felder.
The Stratford Knights claimed three of the other top honors.
Stratford’s Ray Stackley was named the Berkeley County Coach of the Year. Stackley guided the Knights to a 12-3 record and an appearance in the Class AAAA, Division 2 state championship game. There, the Knights fell to Northwestern.
Stratford’s other losses came to Goose Creek and South Florence. The South Florence loss was avenged in the second round of the playoffs.
Stratford QB Jacob Park was named the Berkeley County Offensive Player of the Year.
It was a special season for Park. The University of Georgia commitment threw for nearly 3,700 yards and 34 touchdowns. He is the lone four-year starter at quarterback in the school’s history and finished with 9,441 yards of total offense and 96 total touchdowns.
Park is this year’s South Carolina Mr. Football and represented the state in the Shrine Bowl game. He will also play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 4 in San Antonio.
Stratford outside linebacker Michael Simmons was named the Berkeley County Defensive Player of the Year.
Simmons was the heart and soul of Stratford’s defense and made over 90 tackles on the strong side. He was equally as productive in the leadership category.
“He was the leader of our defense both physically and emotionally,” Stackley said. “The players fed off of his enthusiasm and his verbal leadership.”
Summerville Communications All-County Line Football Team
Berkeley County Coach of the Year: Ray Stackley, Stratford
Dorchester County Coach of the Year: John McKissick, Summerville
Berkeley County Offensive Player of the Year: Jacob Park, Stratford
Dorchester County Offensive Player of the Year: Sawyer Bridges, Summerville
Berkeley County Defensive Player of the Year: Michael Simmons, Stratford
Dorchester County Defensive Player of the Year: Kawuan Cox, Summerville
QB – Dantez Bennamon, Goose Creek
RB – Caleb Kinlaw, Goose Creek
RB – Devontae Shepherd, Cross
FB – Bernard Harmon, Timberland
OL – Zack Bailey, Summerville
OL – Tyler Hood, Goose Creek
OL – Larry Smith, Hanahan
OL – Nick Tononi, Fort Dorchester
OL – J.R. Fiddie, Berkeley
OL – Kevin McCray, Timberland
TE – Sean Smith, Summerville
WR – Terrell Green, Hanahan
WR – Jordan Barnes, Goose Creek
WR – Thad Thompson, Stratford
ATH – Donavon Thompson, Ashley Ridge
K – David Kennedy, Summerville
DL – Johnell Brown, Timberland
DL - Eurndraus Bryant, Fort Dorchester
DL – Joe Cook, Stratford
DL – Kalan Ritchie, Goose Creek
LB – Cecil Smith, Stratford
LB – Mac McCurry, Summerville
LB – Lyndon Young, Hanahan
LB – Za’von Whitaker, Timberland
LB – K.J. Wood, Goose Creek
LB – Tyquan Tucker, Ashley Ridge
DB – Omar McRae, Goose Creek
DB – Josh Simmons, Berkeley
DB – Marlon Washington, Hanahan
DB – Kevin Dickinson, Summerville
ATH – Dionte Evans, Cross
P – Tyler Tekac, Stratford
QB – Kobe Garrett, Fort Dorchester
RB – Jordan Johnson, Stratford
RB – Shamel Williams, Timberland
FB – Quan Wade, Hanahan
OL – Jacob Billings, Hanahan
OL – Tyler Hood, Goose Creek
OL – Tyler Moss, Ashley Ridge
OL – Jonathan James, Summerville
OL – Cody Wadford, Timberland
OL – Zach Van Alstine, Goose Creek
TE – Akeem Gadsden, Goose Creek
WR – Corey Rawlings, Fort Dorchester
WR – Johnston McCurry, Summerville
WR – Sam Denmark, Hanahan
ATH – Tyrik Johnson, Goose Creek
K – Vance Bailey, Berkeley
DL – Vontrel Grant, Hanahan
DL – Matt Powell, Summerville
DL – Greg Jones, Cross
DL – Myles White, Fort Dorchester
LB – Matt Rudy, Cane Bay
LB – Daylin Julius, Goose Creek
LB – David Govan, Fort Dorchester
LB – Branden Williams, Berkeley
LB – Shaquille Salley, Goose Creek
DB – Kendall Felder, Ashley Ridge
DB – D.J. Commodore, Fort Dorchester
DB – Dee Harley, Berkeley
DB – Tracy Gailliard, Cane Bay
ATH – Daniel Robinson, Timberland
P – Kyle Spigner, Hanahan
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