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SAC salutes former county prep football standouts McIlwain, Neal

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By The Staff

Two former Lancaster County high school football standouts have been honored by the South Atlantic Conference.Kamaal McIlwain, who starred at Indian Land High School, along with Britt Blackmon, who played at Andrew Jackson, were honored by the SAC for their play in Newberry’s 32-21 win over 15th-ranked Wingate University on Oct. 18.McIlwain, a 5-10, 175-pound sophomore, was honored for the second time this season by the SAC.McIlwain, a NC defensive back, was named the SAC Defensive Player of the Week. Blackmon, Newberry’s kicker, was named the SAC Special Teams Player of the Week.Earlier this season, McIlwain was named the SAC Special Teams Player of the Week for his play in the Indians’ 33-14 win over 20th-ranked Catawba.McIlwain blocked two extra points in Newberry’s win over the Indians.One of those blocked kicks was returned for a defensive extra point. He also tallied three tackles and broke up two passes in the Newberry victory over Catawba.In the 11-point win over Wingate, McIlwain recorded 94 total yards in defensive returns, including a touchdown.Just before the half, Newberry’s Andre Moyd intercepted a pass at the NC 25 and returned it to the WU 35, where he lateraled to McIlwain who got inside the Wingate one-yard line to set up a touchdown.In the third quarter, McIlwain scooped up a fumble and returned it 60 yards for a touchdown to give NC its largest lead of the night at 19-7.He also posted three tackles and a pass break-up in the victory.Blackmon, a 5-10, 200-pound sophomore from Kershaw, accounted for eight points in Newberry’s home win over previously unbeaten Wingate.The AJ High graduate connected on two of his three field goal attempts (33 and 34 yards), while adding a pair of extra points in the win.The South Atlantic Conference Football Players of the Week are selected by a vote of the league’s sports information directors.