Playmakers, big hitters head all-county defense

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2012 prep football honors

By Robert Howey



Big-play performers and big hitters highlight The Lancaster News’ 2012 all-county defense.

The interior is bolstered by a solid group which includes all-region players William Cunningham of Andrew Jackson along with Indian Land’s Dylan Deese and Jeremy Broyles. Lancaster High’s Darrius Truesdale rounds out the strong cast.

AJ’s Cunningham, as expected, produced a solid season for the Vols with 108 tackles, 19 tackles for loss and eight sacks.

Broyles, who garnered Buford’s Best Defensive Lineman Award, tallied 156 tackling points with 78 tackles, 10 tackles for loss and six sacks.

Deese, an IL senior, notched 66 tackles with 13 tackles for loss and eight sacks to earn the Warriors’ Leadership Award.

Truesdale, a junior defensive lineman, racked up 500 defensive points, including a record effort of 98 points in one game – five unassisted tackles, four tackles for loss, two first hits, two assists, two sacks and 10 pressure passers.

The linebackers are a crackerjack trio of Lancaster High’s Quinshun Evans, AJ’s Tray King and Buford’s Troy Cunningham.

Evans, a junior, reaped all-region honors and the Bruins Defensive MVP with a team-leading 600 defensive points on 40 unassisted hits, six tackles for loss, 45 first hits, 40 assists, three sacks and four caused fumbles.

King tallied 86 tackles, 15 sacks and an interception return for a touchdown.

Cunningham, a BHS all-region pick, earned the Jackets’ Most Improved Player Award with a team-high 223 tackling points, which included 73 first hits, 50 assists, nine tackles for loss, two sacks, two caused fumbles, an interception and a blocked kick.

The all-county secondary features primary performers for their respective teams and include Lancaster High’s Will Jackson, Indian Land’s Manny McCord, Corley Faulkenberry of AJ and Buford’s Silas Moore.

Jackson, a LHS sophomore, was presented the Bruins’ Best Defensive Back Award and picked off three passes. 

McCord, the IL football Dedication Award recipient and an all-region selection, notched 43 tackles and two interceptions.

Faulkenberry sparked the Vols with 67 tackles, four tackles for loss and two interceptions.

Moore, an all-region player and the Jackets’ Best Defensive Back winner, had 113 tackling points, highlighted with a team-best five interceptions, 50 total tackles and seven broken-up passes.

The all-county punter is Indian Land sophomore Shea Rodgers, an all-region pick who averaged 41 yards a punt with six touchbacks on kickoffs.

Second team: Autry Blackmon (BHS, DL), Quay Reed (LHS, DL), Joseph Coley (IL, DL), David Hilton (LHS, DL), Chad Thomas (IL, LB), Jacoby Funderburk (BHS, LB), Tripp Wright (BHS, LB), Evan Flynn (BHS, DB), Cody Ussery (AJ, DB), Phillip Stevens (LHS, DB), Devante Benjamin (IL, DB), C.D. Pelham (LHS, P)

The all-county defensive team was selected from nominations from the four county head football coaches.