Kalon Davis was named the Atlantic Coast Conferences Offensive Lineman of the Week after helping Clemson to a lopsided win over Syracuse Saturday.
Davis earned the accolade after grading out at a career-high 93 percent for 62 plays, and producing five knockdown blocks in Clemson's win. The 6-foot-5, 340-pound former Chester Cyclone graded 97 percent on pass blocking against a Syracuse defense that blitzed the Tigers heavily.
The Clemson offense gained 439 yards in the first half and scored 35 points with Davis, a redshirt junior, playing all 49 snaps at offensive guard. The Tigers finished with 49 points and 624 yards of total offense. The Syracuse game was Davis third career start.
Corey Neely named NJCAA National Defensive Player of the Week
Former South Pointe Stallion Corey Neely picked up the National Junior College Athletic Associations National Defensive Player of the Week award last week after helping Georgia Military College to a 48-38 upset of No. 2-ranked Iowa Western.
Neely, a freshman free safety, was all over the field for the Bulldogs, making five tackles, including one for a loss, two pass breakups and a pair of interceptions. He took the second 85 yards to the end zone for a game-clinching pick-six.
Neely isnt the only Stallion suiting up for the Bulldogs, ranked No. 1 in the nation after the big win over Iowa Western. Freshman Buddy Byers is also in the teams secondary after graduating from South Pointe in May.
Five questions with Clovers Ben Forbes
Its beautiful out today and it really feels like football season. This is also the time of a year that new video games come out. Which video games are you getting into right now?
Probably the new Grand Theft Auto and the new Call of Duty game thats coming out. Probably the top-two Im gonna be trying to play.
What would be your review of GTA5 so far?
Its great. It has a lot of story to it and its really fun to play.
So has that left any time for homework?
I mostly just play on the weekends. I usually dedicate my nights during the week to school work.
There you go, thats the answer right there... what are some current events you guys are talking about in class, maybe history or Civics or something like that?
I dont have a history or anything, but in English were starting a research paper soon that can be on any current event and I might be doing mine on violence and teenagers due to video games.
Wow. Thats absolutely perfect. Are you using yourself as a test case?
I dont know. Probably not (laughs).
So what is your thesis?
I think its faulty. I think its something to do with the actual parents and the home situation and not the actual video game that causes the violence.
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Rock Hill, South Pointe excel amidst massive Wendys Invitational field
The massive Wendys Invitational cross country meet was held last Saturday at McAlpine Greenway in Charlotte. A combined 1,853 boys and girls runners competed in the event, including a number of locals.
Rock Hills boys, ranked seventh in South Carolina, and South Pointes girls, ranked 26th, led the way in the combined results. South Pointes Victoria Burdette was the highest local finisher, her time of 19:20 placing 46th out of 1,230 girls to lead the Stallions to a 30th place finish in the 95-team standings. She was joined in the top-100 by teammates Madison Goode (53rd) and Olivia Paxton (83rd). Clovers Emily Sparrow (76th) was the other top-100 runner from the area; the Blue Eagles finished 55th in the team standings, behind Fort Mill (41st), Rock Hill (45th) and Northwestern (51st), and ahead of Nation Ford (78th).
Rock Hills Cameron Ruppe was the top local boy finisher. He crossed the line in 16:21, good for 61st place in a field of 1,623 male runners. A solid team contribution coupled with Ruppes effort helped the Bearcats finish 21st out of 105 teams at the prestigious meet, which drew runners from a number of other states.
After Ruppe, a smattering of local boys finished right around the 17-minute mark, including Fort Mills Clay Pratt (125th), Clovers Jon Bruney (128th), Northwesterns Kole Koterba (135th), Rock Hills Thomas Bennink (140th), Nation Fords Will Manning (147th), Rock Hills Joey Teachout (161st) and Nation Fords Ben Hardymon (162nd).
Nation Ford (45th) and Clover (50th) placed in the top-50 of the 105-team combined standings. Fort Mill came in 55th, Northwestern 66th and South Pointe 72nd.
Shrine Bowl announcement Thursday
The 77th annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas will again be played at Gibbs Stadium in Spartanburg, S.C. on Dec. 21 at 1 p.m. The all-star teams from North and South Carolina will be revealed Thursday via a live online videocast at Shrine-Bowl.com, starting at 1 p.m.
The coaches of the two teams, South Carolinas Tommy Brown, from Orangeburg-Wilkinson, and North Carolinas Burton Cates, from Lee County, actually selected the 40-man teams on Monday in Fort Mill.
Bret McCormick • 329-4032. Twitter: @BretJust1T