Tri-County coaches honor county trio

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Vols, Warriors players

By Robert Howey



RICHBURG – A trio of Lancaster County football standouts led the honorees at the weekly meeting of the Founders Federal Credit Union Tri-County Football Coaches Association on Wednesday, Nov. 7.

Andrew Jackson High School players Demarzia Truesdale and William Cunningham were honored along with Indian Land senior offensive lineman Brad Boone.

Truesdale, a senior linebacker, was honored as the Division II Defensive Player of the Week for his play in the Volunteers’ 35-14 playoff win over North Central on Friday, Nov. 2 in Boonetown.

Truesdale racked up eight tackles with two tackles for loss for a total of 10 to boost the AJ win, its first postseason victory since a 14-12 triumph over Kingstree in 2004.

Cunningham, a senior defensive lineman, earned the Division II Defensive Lineman of the Week.

Cunningham tallied nine tackles, including four tackles, two tackles for loss and three assists.

The Vols, 5-6, travel to Chesnee tonight for a second-round game in the Class AA Division II Upper State playoffs.

Boone, for his stellar play for the season on IL special teams, reaped the Division II Special Teams Player of the Week.

Boone, who graded 77 percent for his offensive line play in the Warriors’ first-round playoff loss to Newberry, was 67 of 68 on long snaps for punts and extra points during the 2012 IL season.

The Vols also earned an honorable mention for offensive player of the week as ace junior receiver Quadarius Fair had six catches for 134 yards, two touchdowns and an 80-yard kickoff return for a score in AJ’s win over the Knights.

Lewisville running back Mac Means was named the Division II Offensive Player of the Week for his play in the Lions’ Class A Upper State Division II playoff loss to St. Joseph’s of Greenville.

Means set a Lewisville school record with seven catches for 256 yards and had a school-record four touchdowns. He added four tackles, a 31-yard interception return for a touchdown and a blocked punt.

Lions’ junior offensive lineman Gill Wilson, who graded 90 percent with three knockdown blocks, was selected as the Division II Offensive Lineman of the Week.

Indian Land High honorable mentions included receiver Chris Barnes (offensive player), Boone (offensive lineman), defensive back Devonte Benjamin (defensive player) and defensive lineman Joseph Coley (defensive lineman).

AJ senior punter Luke Kennington, who averaged 41.3 yards punting in the win over the Knights, was an honorable mention for the special teams player of the week.

York County Class AAAA schools swept the Division I awards which included York’s Beau Nunn (offensive lineman), Ty Currence (defensive player), Shamal Sanders (defensive lineman) and Rainey Moore (special teams player). Northwestern High quarterback Mason Rudolph earned the offensive player of the week.

Each week during the regular season, coaches from Chester, Lancaster and York counties gather at the Front Porch Restaurant in Richburg and honor the players for their play from the previous week. Player nominations are made by the schools and the coaches vote to decide the winners.

The 2012 season marked the 11th year  for the Tri-County Coaches Association.