IL's Mayer garners honor

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Warriors coach shares Tri-County coaching honor

By Robert Howey



A salute to the 2010 season’s finest highlighted the final meeting of the Founders Federal Tri-County Football Coaches Association meeting on Tuesday.

The coaches selected the coach of the year along with the offensive and defensive players of the year.

The coach of the year honor was shared by Indian Land High School’s Mike Mayer and Jimmy “Moose” Wallace of Northwestern High School in Rock Hill.

The offensive player of the year is Northwestern senior quarterback Justin Worley, while ace defensive end Jadeveon Clowney was named the defensive player of the year.

Wallace has led the Trojans to an 11-0 record this season, which includes a 5-0 mark for the Region III-AAAA crown.

Mayer guided the Warriors to a 9-2 finish, which included a 9-1 regular-season mark. The Warriors’ lone regular-season setback came to Class AA power Central High of Pageland. IL lost its playoff opener, falling to Columbia High School, 28-21 at the IL Reservation a week ago.

Wallace, a Rock Hill native, has a 282-83 record as a head coach. Prior to coaching at Northwestern, Wallace was the head coach at Lewisville High School. After leaving Lewisville, Lancaster native Bennie McMurray, a Barr Street High School graduate, became the Lions’ head football coach. McMurray is now the head football coach at Lancaster High.

Mayer, in his 10th season at Indian Land, has compiled a 48-60 mark in guiding the Warriors’ football program.

The 2010 Indian Land season included a school-record 7-0 start. The Warriors’ 5-1 league mark gave them the region runner-up in Conference IV-AA.

“We wish we were still playing, but we had an outstanding football season,” Mayer said. “It took a great deal of commitment and work from our coaches and players and they responded in a big way for us to reach this level of success.

“A year ago at this time, we had our share of questions with this football team, but we had several players, namely Patrick Komorous, Travis Butler and Johnny Mace who busted their tails to become better players and make a major contribution to this team.”

Junior quarterback Rondreas Truesdale led the offense, rushing for 1,573 yards, throwing for 668 yards and tallying 24 touchdowns. Senior Breyon Williams ran for 1,170 yards and scored 11 TDs. Senior receiver Jarrell Robinson had 28 catches for 523 yards and had seven touchdowns, four through the air.

Warriors’ senior Reggie Wyatt had 80 tackles, followed by Williams with 73.

The IL staff includes Mayer, David Sweem, Rick Furr, Bob LeRoy, Mark Bonda, Adam Cole, Mike Cook, Tony Ford, Rondale Truesdale and Bernie Kuebler.

Worley, the Trojans’ record-setting quarterback who has committed to play college football at Tennessee, has thrown for 3,968 yards on 317 of 434 passes, with 47 touchdowns. He has scored 26 points, including six touchdowns. He has a 130 quarterback rating.

In his three-year career, the Shrine Bowl pick has thrown for 12,038 yards and has 140 touchdowns. He holds the state mark with 1,025 completions and 1,576 attempts.

Clowney, regarded as the nation’s top defensive end, has led 10-1 South Pointe to another solid season, including the region championship and the No. 1 rating in Class AAA football.

A 6-6, 240-pounder, Clowney has been selected to play in the Shrine Bowl All-Star football game at Gibbs Stadium in Spartanburg on Dec. 18.

South Pointe, which lost its only game to Rock Hill area rival Northwestern, hosts Daniel High School of Clemson in the second round of the Class AAA Upper State playoffs tonight.

The Founders Federal Tri-County Coaches Association includes high school head coaches from Chester, Lancaster and York counties. The coaches meet each Tuesday during the regular season to honor top players from the previous week.

The largest seven schools by enrollment are in Div. I, with the remaining six schools in Div. II. Nominations are made by the schools and the coaches vote on the top players.

Meetings are held at the Front Porch Restaurant in Richburg.

“We’re grateful to the Front Porch for its hospitality each season and we’re also thankful to Founders Federal Credit Union for their support of this program to honor standouts in high school football,” said McMurray, who coordinates Tri-County Coaches Association.