AJ’s Whitley, Crawford reap Tri-County honors

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Vols shine in week four

By Robert Howey


RICHBURG – A pair of Andrew Jackson High School football standouts earned top honors at the weekly meeting of the Tri-County Football Coaches Association on Tuesday, Sept. 24.

Volunteers’ junior quarterback Kolby Whitley and AJ punter Dale Crawford were the Lancaster County honorees for their play in the Vols’ 29-26 road win over Class A foe Great Falls High School.

Whitley was 8-21 passing for 174 yards and three touchdowns, two to senior receiver Dustin Eddins and one to Corley Faulkenberry.

He added 118 yards on 23 carries and a 10-yard touchdown sprint.

Whitley’s total offense was 292 offensive yards and four touchdowns.

Crawford, an AJ senior, drilled five punts for 193 yards – a 38.9 average. He had four punts downed inside the 20-yard line.

AJ’s win improved the Vols’ mark to 2-2, with a visit to Class AA foe North Central on Friday, Sept. 27.

Chester High School captured the other Division II awards including Darryl Foster (defensive player), Temaris Dixon (defensive lineman) and Denzel Marshall (offensive lineman).

The ninth-ranked York Cougars, who rolled to a 57-12 home win over Class AA Keenan High School of Columbia, swept the Division I awards.

York winners were Deshaw Andrews (offensive player), Dario Brown (defensive player), Ryan Ennis (offensive lineman), Ethan Whitesides (defensive lineman) and Buddy Anderson (special teams).

Each week during the high school football regular season, coaches from Chester, Lancaster and York counties meet at the Front Porch Restaurant in Richburg to honor the top players from the previous week of play.

Nominations are made by the schools each week and the coaches vote on the winners in five different categories.