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Tri-County coaches honor five county players

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Tri-County Football Coaches Association

By Robert Howey

 

   

RICHBURG – A quality quintet of county players earned honors at the weekly meeting of the Founders Federal Tri-County Football Coaches Association meeting on Tuesday.

Indian Land High standout player Rondreas Truesdale earned the Division II Offensive Player of the Week for his play in the Warriors’ 42-33 win over county rival Andrew Jackson. Truesdale, who won the honor for the fourth time this season, ran for 242 yards in 32 carries and scored five TDs.

The Warriors Division II winners also included Michael Rodriguez (defensive player of the week) and Chad Thomas (special teams player of the week).

Rodriguez notched 12 tackles and batted down two passes in the Warriors’ win over the Vols.

Thomas was 6-6 on extra points and had four touchbacks for Indian Land against AJ.

A pair of Lancaster High School standouts also earned honors. Senior linebacker A.J. Williams notched 16 tackles, two tackles for loss, a half sack and a pair of fumble recoveries in the Bruins’ 24-21 double overtime loss to Blythewood. Williams earned Division I Defensive Player of the Week.

Junior punter C.D. Pelham earned the Special Teams Player of the Week with five punts for a 44.6 average. Pelham’s longest punt was a 63-yarder with two punts inside the 20-yard line.

Division I winners include York tailback Lee Wright (offensive player of the week) and YCHS Cougars’ lineman Mark Shirley (offensive lineman of the week). Northwestern High’s Reubyn Walker was named the Division I Defensive Lineman of the week.

Division II winners included Lewisville High’s Justin Cooper and J.T. Boyd of Nation Ford (offensive lineman of the week). Lewisville High’s Justin Funderburke was selected as the Division II Defensive Lineman of the Week. Andrew Jackson’s one-two place-kicking duo of Brett Lucas and Tyler Denkins were honorable mention selections for the Division II special teams player of the week.

Indian Land honorable mentions included Jimmy Locklear (offensive lineman) and Marc Morris (defensive lineman of the week). Locklear had an 88 percent grade with a pancake block. Morris, a winner earlier this season, had seven tackles, two sacks, two tackles for loss and a big hit.

Each week during the regular season, high school football coaches meet at the Front Porch Restaurant in Richburg and select the honorees. The players are nominated by the schools and voted on by the coaches.