Northwestern senior quarterback Mason Rudolph was named one of five finalists Tuesday night for South Carolina’s Mr. Football award.
The other four nominees were Jacob Park (Stratford), Donnell Stanley (Latta), Jae’lon Oglesby (Daniel) and Christian Miller (Spring Valley). All five are major college recruits, led by Miller who is headed to Alabama. Park is committed to Georgia, Stanley to South Carolina, Oglesby to Clemson and Rudolph to Oklahoma State.
Besides football acumen, the award, which is given during the North-South football all-star game festivities in December, also takes into account a player’s community service efforts and academic performance, areas in which Northwestern’s nominee excels.
The football comes easy too. Rudolph has followed up a fine junior season with an excellent first half of his senior year. The 6-foot-4, 200-pound QB has thrown for over 1700 yards and 25 touchdowns, with just two interceptions, all while leading the Trojans to a No. 1 ranking in Class AAAA.
Previous local winners include Rock Hill’s Chris Hope (1997) and South Pointe’s Stephon Gilmore (2008) and Jadeveon Clowney (2010).
Trojans remain No. 1; York up to No. 6
Northwestern retained its perch atop South Carolina’s Class AAAA high school football rankings, while York inched up to No. 6 this week after another lopsided blowout of a Region 3 foe. South Pointe is still receiving votes in the Class AAAA poll, while no other area teams are ranked or getting votes.
S.C. Prep Media Football Poll -- Week 8
1. Northwestern; 2. Byrnes; 3. Goose Creek; 4. Spring Valley; 5. Stratford; 6. York; 7. South Florence; 8. North Augusta; 9. Gaffney; 10. Dorman
Others receiving votes: Lexington, Summerville, White Knoll, Spartanburg, Hillcrest, Beaufort, South Pointe, Dutch Fork
1. Daniel; 2. Hanahan; 3. Socastee; 4. Hartsville; 5. Strom Thurmond; 6. Belton-Honea Path; T7. Hilton Head Island; T7. Marlboro County; 9. Crestwood; 10. Greer
Others receiving votes: North Myrtle Beach, Orangeburg-Wilkinson, Brookland-Cayce
1. Fairfield Central; 2. Silver Bluff; 3. Dillon; 4. Woodland; 5. Newberry; 6. Chesnee; 7. Loris; 8. Batesburg-Leesville; 9. Timberland; 10. Central
Others receiving votes: Bishop England, Crescent, Ninety Six, Edisto
1. Christ Church; 2. St. Joseph’s; 3. Hemingway; 4. Carvers Bay; 5. Lamar; 6. Allendale-Fairfax; 7. Williston-Elko; 8. Johnsonville; 9. Hunter-Kinard-Tyler; T10. Wagener-Salley; T10. Estill
Others receiving votes: Fox Creek
The S.C. Prep Media Football Poll is conducted by the Spartanburg Herald-Journal with voting from Jordan Anders, Greenwood Index-Journal; Bob Castello, Greenville News; Chris Dearing, The State; Ian Guerin, Myrtle Beach Sun News; Mike McCombs, The Island Packet; Kevin Melton, Spartanburg Herald Journal; Lou Bezjak, Florence Morning News, Adam Regan, Anderson Independent Mail, Phil Bowman, Charleston Post and Courier; Bret McCormick, The Herald (Rock Hill) and Noah Feit, Aiken Standard.
Tri-County Coaches’ Awards for Week Seven
Offensive player- Ryan Moore, York- 27 carries for 270 yards and two touchdowns, including a long of 81. Honorable mention- Quadarius Fair, Northwestern- had six catches for 93 yards and four touchdowns.
Defensive player- Deshaun McFadden, Rock Hill- made eight tackles and forced a fumble.
Offensive lineman- Antonio Douglas, Rock Hill and Ryan Ennis, York- Douglas graded out at 91 percent, while Ennis graded 92 percent and had a knockdown block.
Defensive lineman- P.J. Chalk, Rock Hill and Ethan Whitesides, York- both made eight tackles while Chalk had two sacks and Whitesides had two tackles-for-loss.
Special teams- Buddy Anderson, York- made all five of his point-after tries and also hit a 32-yard field goal. Honorable mention- Sully Foy, Northwestern and Brayon McCoy, Northwestern- Foy made 7 of 7 point-afters and had three touchbacks, while McCoy blocked two punts.
Offensive player- Kolby Whitley, Andrew Jackson- 10-24 passing for 208 yards and three touchdowns.
Defensive player- Trevor Martin, Indian Land- made seven tackles, one tackle-for-loss, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble.
Offensive lineman- Jacob Lamb, Indian Land- 75 percent blocking grade.
Special teams- Shea Rodgers, Indian Land- made 1 of 2 field goals, had a touchback and punted four times for 180 yards, including a long of 55. Two of Rodgers’ punts were downed inside the 10.
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