Lions’ Hardin earns Tri-County honor

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By Robert Howey

FORT MILL – Lewisville High School’s Demetric Hardin earned the Tri-County Coaches Association special teams player of the week for the Class A-AAAA schools at the weekly meet at the Towne Tavern in Fort Mill on Tuesday.
Hardin, in the Lions’ 54-18 Region IV-AA road loss to Central High School of Pageland, had six kickoff returns for 217 total yards, including a 78-yard touchdown return against the Eagles.
Three York Cougars players led the awards in the Class A-AAAA Division.
York, a member of Region III-AAAA with Lancaster High School, defeated Fort Mill, 42-14 for its first win of the 2018 season last Friday night.
Cougars honored included Brian Phillip (defensive player of the week), Cam Steele (defensive lineman of the week) and Shaw Littlejohn (offensive lineman of the week).
South Pointe High School quarterback Tahleek Steele, who threw for five touchdowns and 405 yards and ran for 41 yards for 446 yards total offense, was named offensive player of the week in the Stallions’ 52-0 road win over Indian Land High School.
In the Class AAAAA awards, Rock Hill led the way with four honorees from the Bearcats’ 44-10 home win over Lugoff-Elgin High School.
Bearcats honored included running back Noah Thompson (offensive player of the week),  center Carson Murray (offensive lineman of the week), Thomas Rainey (defensive lineman of the week) and Cam Walker (special teams player of the week).
Northwestern High School’s Fentrell Cypress was selected the defensive player of the week in the Trojans’ loss to Dutch Fork.
Two Andrew Jackson High School football standouts were honorable mentions in voting for the weekly Class A-AAAA awards.
AJ junior defensive back Gavin Blackmon was nominated for the defensive player of the week for his effort against Buford High School, a 28-7 Vols home loss to the Jackets.
Blackmon had 10 tackles and a pick six, a school-record 96-yard interception return for a touchdown. Blackmon’s 96-yard interception return, which came late in the first half, broke the old school mark of 91 yards held by former AJ star Gary Carter in 1996.
Volunteers’ senior defensive lineman Ben Hinson was an honorable mention for defensive lineman of the week with 10 tackles, two tackles for loss and a quarterback hurry.
Each week during the 2018 high school football regular season, coaches from the tri-county area – Chester, Lancaster and York counties gather to honor the top players from the previous week of play. Lancaster County high schools, which are members of the TCFCA include Andrew Jackson, Indian Land and Lancaster.
Nominations are made weekly by each school participating in the Tri-County Football Coaches Association and then voted on by the coaches during the meeting.