Tri-County coaches honor Bruins, Vols for key play in week three wins

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High school football

By Robert Howey



RICHBURG – Six Lancaster County football standouts – three each from Lancaster and Andrew Jackson high schools – were honored at the weekly meeting of the Founders Federal Credit Union Tri-County Football Coaches Association.

The Bruins’ standouts included senior linebacker A.J. Williams, junior defensive lineman Dontae Spates and junior punter C.D. Pelham.

The Vols’ ace trio included junior running back Javaris Clyburn, senior defensive back Chris White and senior place-kicker Tyler Denkins.

Williams, who shared the Division I Defensive Player of the Week with Clover’s Trey Childress, notched 16 tackles, four tackles for loss and a sack in the Bruins’ 40-6 win over county rival at Memorial Stadium.

Spates, who earned the Div. I Defensive Lineman of the Week, notched 13 tackles, a sack, caused fumble, fumble recovery and a blocked field goal and two pressure passers.

Pelham, who also plays tight end, averaged 46 yards on three punts, including a 55-yarder in the second half.

Clyburn paced a potent AJ ground attack in the Vols’ 42-14 road win over Kershaw County Class A foe North Central High School with 120 yards on 16 carries to reap the Div. II Offensive Player of the Week Award.

Chris White was selected the Div. II Defensive Player of the Week with 14 tackles, including three big hammer hits.

Denkins, for the second straight week, was named the Div. II Special Teams Player of the Week. He had five touchbacks out of seven kickoffs, seven of seven inside the 20-yard line. He averaged 41.6 yards on punts.

Lewisville High’s Justin Douglas graded 95 percent to win the Div. II Offensive Lineman of the Week and Lions’ teammate John Robbins reaped the Div. II Defensive Lineman of the Week with 14 total tackles and a caused fumble.

In Div. I, Mason Rudolph of Northwestern earned the Offensive Player of the Week, while the Trojans’ Zack Tate earned the Offensive Lineman of the Week.

Lancaster High School Div. I honorable mentions included running back Hayzier Gladden (offensive back) and senior center Jordan Hamrick, who graded 85 percent with three knockdown blocks in LHS’ win over Buford.

Gladden, a junior, ran for 114 yards in eight carries and tallied twice in the Bruins’ win over BHS.

AJ High players earning Div. II honorable mentions were AJ’s Aaron Payne (offensive lineman, 80 percent grade with two knockdown blocks) and Jonathan Brevard (defensive lineman, 10 tackles, sack, caused fumble, fumble recovery and two quarterback hurries).

Indian Land High honorable mentions included Trey Eaves (offensive back, 105 yards rushing in six carries with two TDs), Jimmy Locklear (offensive lineman, 85 percent OL grade), Fisher Payne (defensive player, five tackles, tackle for loss, sack and caused fumble), Marc Morris (defensive lineman) and Chad Thomas (special teams player of the week, 6-6 extra points and a kickoff touchback).

The awards are selected by the coaches from nominations made by the schools. The coaches represent schools in Chester, Lancaster and York counties.