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Defense paced by solid performers

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All-County Defense

By Robert Howey

 

   

The Lancaster News’ 2010 all-county defense is rock solid with tough players in the trenches, big hitters at linebacker and ace players in the secondary.

Lancaster High School defensive star Daniel Foster leads the unit after earning the Bruins’ Defensive MVP and selection to the 63rd annual North-South All-Star football game.

Foster, an all-region pick, led the LHS defensive points with 498, which included 104 tackles, eight tackles for loss, 6.5 sacks, a caused fumble and two fumble recoveries.

Foster is joined by Buford High School MVP Marcus Brown in the interior. Brown, an all-region pick, led the Jackets with 100 tackles, six tackles for loss, five sacks and six broken up passes.

The all-county defensive line also includes Indian Land senior A.J. Gordon along with LHS standouts Ervin Moore and Andre Foulks.

Gordon, an all-region choice, notched 56 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, three sacks, a fumble recovery and six batted down passes.

Moore, a senior, was solid in the Bruins’ defense with 78 tackles, five tackles for loss, five caused fumbles, a sack, a fumble recovery and an interception.

Foulks, a junior who earned the Bruins’ Best Defensive Lineman Award, racked up 80 tackles, eight sacks, four caused fumbles and an interception for a touchdown.

The linebacker trio features LHS’s A.J. Williams, AJ.s D.J. McIlwain and IL senior Johnny Mace. Williams, a junior, posted 89 tackles with a sack for 304 defensive points.

AJ’s McIlwain, an all-region pick, compiled 96 tackles with two interceptions, one for a TD. Mace, a Warriors’ senior all-region pick, amassed 68 tackles, six tackles for loss, an interception and two caused fumbles.

Three senior standouts head the all-county secondary – Buford’s Seth

Chapman, Lancaster High’s Jock Massey and Reggie Wyatt of Indian Land.

Chapman, the leader in the BHS secondary and an all-region pick, had 125

tackles, 58 unassisted tackles, four interceptions and three caused

fumbles to earn the Jackets’ Best Defensive Back Award.

Massey posted 28 tackles, two fumble recoveries and a caused fumble. Wyatt compiled 80 tackles, three tackles for loss, two pass deflections, a caused fumble and fumble recovery.

IL senior Jarrell Robinson, who averaged 41.5 yards with his longest 50

yards, is the punter.

Second-team defense: Donnie Duncan (BHS, DL), Jeffrey Massey (BHS, DL),

Jedarius Twitty-Davis (IL, DL), Robert Massey (AJ, DL), William Cunningham

(AJ, DL), Bre Reed (LHS, LB), D.J. Moore (IL, LB), Shaq Elder (LHS, DB),

C.J. Blackmon (BHS, DB), Travis Butler (IL, DB), Desmond McGriff (BHS, DB)

The all-county defensive team is selected from nominations from the four

county high schools.