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Hood selected for Big 22 honor

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Robert Howey

rhowey@thelancasternews.com

Lancaster High School senior wide receiver Jay Hood is one of three South Carolina prep football standouts named to WSOC-TV Channel 9 Charlotte’s Big 22 preseason football team. The teams include N.C. and S.C. players from the Charlotte area.

Hood, who received the Bruins’ Offensive Award last season, was joined by Palmetto State stars Dupree Hart of Northwestern and Lewisville High of Richburg’s Cody Montgomery.

Hood, who had 56 catches for 725 yards and eight touchdowns last season for the Bruins, is the first Lancaster High School football player to be selected for the Big 22.

“This is an outstanding honor for Jay,” LHS coach Bobby Collins said. “He’s had a solid career at Lancaster High and we’re hoping he will continue to excel.”

The “Big 22” players will also be featured on “High School Football Extra Kickoff”, a LIVE primetime special airing Wednesday, Aug. 20, at 8 p.m. on WSOC-TV Channel 9. “High School Football Extra” will air Fridays on Channel 9 at 11:35 p.m. starting Aug. 22. Hood was also featured on WSOC-TV’s sports segment on July 31.

Coaches from public and private high-schools located in the WSOC-TV, Channel 9 DMA viewing area in NC and SC were asked to nominate three players from their team and two players from other schools to be considered for the “Big 22.” The final 22 were selected by the WSOC-TV sports department after reviewing the coaches’ nominations and using a set of judging criteria.

“Recognizing the “Big 22” players is a great way to showcase these young athletes and demonstrates Channel 9’s ongoing commitment to our community”, said Joe Pomilla, WSOC-TV vice president and general manager.

Hood, during the taping of the Big 22 feature, was accompanied by Collins, a Sumter native who was named the LHS coach in February. Hough came to LHS from Hough High School in Cornelius, N.C.

Hough High School, which is now guided by former Spring Valley head coach Miles Aldridge, also had a representative on the Big 22 squad, defensive back Mark Fields II, a USC Gamecocks commitment for 2015. Fields is the son of Mark Fields Sr., who played in the NFL with the Carolina Panthers, New Orleans Saints and St. Louis Rams.

WSOC’s Big 22

u Jareke Chambers, North Rowan High School, Spencer, NC

u Elijah Deveaux, Charlotte Christian School, Charlotte, NC

u BJ Emmons, Freedom High School, Morganton, NC

u Mark Fields, II, Hough High School, Cornelius, NC

u Albert Funderburke, Jr., Sun Valley High School, Monroe, NC

u Stephen Griffin, South Meck High School, Charlotte, NC

u Tre Harbison, Crest High School, Shelby, NC

u Dupree Hart, Northwestern High School, Rock Hill, SC

u Jay Hood, Lancaster High School, Lancaster, SC

u Josh Ladowski, Lake Norman High School, Mooresville, NC

u Cody Montgomery, Lewisville High School, Richburg, SC

u Nate Mullen, Hickory Ridge High School, Harrisburg, NC

u Moe Neal, Forestview High School, Gastonia, NC

u Akease Rankin, Mooresville High School, Mooresville, NC

u Anthony Ratliff, Butler High School, Matthews, NC

u Rocky Reid, Concord High School, Concord, NC

u Darian Roseboro, Lincolnton High School, Lincolnton, NC

u Van Smith, Jr., West Meck High School, Charlotte, NC

u Chazz Surratt, East Lincoln High School, Denver, NC

u Mason Veal, Ardrey Kell High School, Charlotte, NC

u Robert Washington, Jr., Southlake Christian Academy, Huntersville, NC

u Caleb York, Providence High School, Charlotte, NC

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