Local notebook: Moore commits to Penguins

bmccormick@heraldonline.comNovember 20, 2013 

York running back Ryan Moore will play his college football at Youngstown State University in Ohio, after committing to the Penguins during a visit Nov. 16. Moore was selected to the North-South all-star game and has rushed for over 1,400 yards and 17 touchdowns this season.

ROCKHILLHERALDONLINE — Bret McCormick

Youngstown State’s football coaching staff knew a surefire way to get York running back Ryan Moore to commit to their program during his official visit last week: feed him 11 times over the course of two days.

“They showed me a good time, that’s for sure,” said Moore, grinning.

Moore, who was named to the North-South all-star game two weeks ago, committed to the Ohio-based school over offers from more than 10 schools, including Air Force, The Citadel, Bucknell, Lehigh and Mercer. Moore was on hand as the Penguins hosted North Dakota State Saturday, eventually losing 35-17 to the Bison, the Football Championship Series’ No. 1-ranked team.

“They ended up going three quarterbacks and losing, but that didn’t alter my decision at all,” Moore said. “They rolled out the red carpet.”

Moore visited the school unofficially during the summer, with his dad, and his mom came along last weekend, which helped seal the deal. The family was left impressed by the two-year old, $40 million business school where Moore will be spending most of his academic time.

“My mom said it was okay, then I was okay,” Moore said.

The Penguins won national titles in 1991, ‘93, ‘94 and ‘97, when former Ohio State coach Jim Tressel was the school’s football coach. Youngstown is coached by Eric Wolford, who spent one season as the offensive line coach at South Carolina in 2009.

“He’s bringing the program back up,” said Moore. “They’re a top-20 team every year.”

According to Herald stat-keeping, the senior has rushed for 1,466 yards and 17 touchdowns on 237 carries. an average of 6.2 yards per touch. He’ll graduate in December and enroll at Youngstown for the spring semester. Wednesday, Moore was decked out in a red Youngstown shirt, but he still seemed to be getting used to the decision.

“It just came up,” said Moore. “I was going to wait until Thanksgiving Break, but it just felt right, just went with it.”

Tri-County Coaches’ year-end awards decided

Northwestern quarterback Mason Rudolph was named the Tri-County Coaches’ Division I Offensive Player of the Year Tuesday, while Lancaster linebacker Cam Meadows was selected as the Defensive Player of the Year.

Northwestern coach Kyle Rudolph took Coach of the Year honors for Division I, while Andrew Jackson coach David Moore claimed that award for Division II.

Moore’s quarterback, Kolby Whitley, was named the Division II Offensive Player of the Year, and Chester linebacker Daryl Foster was named the Defensive Player of the Year.

Playing for a Lancaster team that struggled this season, Meadows, a junior, had plenty of chances to tackle this fall. He racked up 163 stops, including nine for a loss and 4.5 sacks. Meadows forced four fumbles, recovered two, intercepted two passes and was named Tri-County Defensive Player of the Week three times, and Defensive lineman of the Week once.

Rudolph is en route to besting his outstanding junior campaign. The senior has thrown for 3,373 yards and 47 touchdowns, with just six interceptions, helping the Trojans to a 12-0 record. He’s also Northwestern’s leading rusher with 434 yards and 13 touchdowns on the ground.

Whitley’s season helped propel Andrew Jackson into the second round of the state playoffs. The senior completed 153 of 306 passes for 2,392 yards, 28 touchdowns and just five interceptions. He also rushed for 602 yards and seven touchdowns on 195 carries.

Foster was always going to be hard-pressed to repeat his 200-tackle junior year, but he did finish his senior season with 134, three sacks, 10 tackles-for-loss, four pass break-ups and five forced fumbles. The senior linebacker also returned a fumble recovery for a touchdown and made two interceptions, one of which he returned for a score.

SCBCA releases preseason top-10, players to watch

The South Carolina Basketball Coaches Association released its preseason top-10 rankings and five players to watch in each class on Wednesday.

South Pointe headlined local teams’ inclusion, earning a No. 2 ranking in the Class AAAA poll, behind defending state champion Irmo. Stallion standout Anthony Johnson was pinpointed as one of the top-five seniors in the state, and was also listed as an elite prospect by the SCBCA. Eric Rollings’ Rock Hill squad also garnered notice, placing 10th in the poll.

Indian Land will be ranked ninth in Class AA to start the season after the Warriors reached the third round of the state playoffs last season. And John Smith’s Great Falls Red Devils were ranked 10th in the Class A poll. Jamarcus Culp was listed as one of five players to watch in Class A.

No local girl teams or players were included in the release.

Douglas named second team All-South Atlantic Conference

Former Clover Blue Eagle football standout Tyron Douglas was named All-South Atlantic Conference second team on Wednesday. Douglas has 849 yards rushing and nine touchdowns in 10 games for Carson-Newman University. The Eagles finished the regular season 9-2, leading the South Atlantic in scoring and total offense, and will face Newberry in the first round of the Division II playoffs Saturday.

Kurtz breaks 1,000-point mark at Lake Pointe Christian Academy

Lake Pointe Christian Academy junior Alex Kurtz scored his 1,000th varsity basketball point last Friday night in a win over Mountain View Christian Academy, from Cowpens.

Located in Lake Wylie, Lake Pointe competes in Region II, Area I of the South Carolina Association of Christian Schools’ Class A. Other schools in the area include Walnut Grove Christian School (Fort Mill), Blessed Hope Baptist School (York), Carolina Christian Academy (Lancaster), and Hawthorne Christian Academy (Chester).

SCBCA state rankings

Boys

Class AAAA

1. Irmo; 2. South Pointe; 3. Hillcrest; 4. Goose Creek; 5. Gaffney; 6. Dutch Fork; 7. Summerville; 8. Dorman; 9. North Augusta; 10. Rock Hill. Top 5 seniors: Dantez Bennamon, Goose Creek; Javis Howard, Irmo; Anthony Johnson, South Pointe; L.J. Peak, Gaffney; Demetre Rivers, Stratford.

Class AAA

1. Hartsville; 2. Eastside; 3. Dreher; 4. Travelers Rest; 5. A.C. Flora; 6. Seneca; 7. Orangeburg-Wilkinson; 8. Wilson; 9. Marlboro County; 10. Chapman. Top 5 seniors: Marquez Fisher, Travelers Rest; LaKeith Ingram, Hartsville; Wesley Johnson, Eastside; Matt Lindsey, North Myrtle Beach; Deebo Samuel, Chapman.

Class AA

1. Newberry; 2. Keenan; 3. Chesnee; 4. Silver Bluff; 5. Lake Marion; 6. Fairfield Central; 7. Mullins; 8 Battery Creek; 9 Indian Land; 10. Crescent. Top 5 seniors: Anthony Adger, Crescent; Maurice Howard, Saluda; Tyre Moore; Academic Magnet; Marcus Stroman, Keenan; Keith Workman, Fairfield Central.

Class A

1. Whale Branch; 2. Christ Church; 3. Carvers Bay; 4. C.A. Johnson; 5. C.E. Murray; 6. Johnsonville; 7. Fox Creek; 8. Baptist Hill; 9. Wagener-Salley; 10. Great Falls. Top 5 senior boys: Jemarcus Culp, Great Falls; Peter Goodman, C.A. Johnson; Simeon Middleton, Whale Branch; Christopher Turner, Denmark-Olar; Darius Williams, Carvers Bay.

Elite boys: Marcus Stroman, Keenan; L.J. Peak, Gaffney; Tevin Mack, Dreher; Anthony Johnson, South Pointe; Javis Howard, Irmo; P.J. Dozier, Spring Valley.

Girls

Class AAAA

1. West Ashley; 2. Dorman; 3. Spring Valley; 4. Dutch Fork; 5. Greenwood; 6. Ridge View; 7. Goose Creek; 8. Spartanburg; 9. North Augusta; 10. Irmo. Top 5 seniors: Cierra Carter, Spring Valley; Dekeiya Cohen, West Ashley; Iyanna Jones, Greenwood; Jontay Mitchem, Ridge View; Khalia Webb, Dorman.

Class AAA

1. Lower Richland; 2. Orangeburg-Wilkinson; 3. Dreher; 4. Crestwood; 5. Wren; 6. Daniel; 7. Blue Ridge; 8. Stall; 9. Myrtle Beach; 10. Union County. Top 5 seniors: Kaydra Duckett, Dreher; Breshay Johnson, Lower Richland; Allie Wagner, Wren; Jada Wallace, Broome; Keauna Williams, Crestwood.

Class AA

1. Fairfield Central; 2. Bishop England; 3. Columbia; 4. Newberry; 5. Cheraw; 6. Kingstree; 7. Mullins; 8. Abbeville; 9. Keenan; 10. Dillon. Top 5 seniors: Michele Boykin, Bishop England; Alexis Faulks, Columbia; Jeleah Lesane, Mullins; Jada Martin, Fairfield Central; Mary Harriet Moore, Bishop England.

Class A

1. Hemingway; 2. McCormick; 3. Carvers Bay; 4. St. Joseph’s; 5. Latta; 6. Whale Branch; 7. Ridge Spring-Monetta; 8. Timmonsville; 9. Denmark-Olar; 10. Christ Church. Top 5 seniors: Iresha Cooper, Hemingway; Sade Eli, Timmonsville; Narquevia Jennings, McCormick; DaShona Magwood, Baptist Hill; Ta’Asia Wright, Denmark-Olar.

Elite girls: Dekeiya Cohen, West Ashley; Kaydra Duckett, Dreher; Iyanna Jones, Greenwood; Dejoria Howard, Orangeburg-Wilkinson; Sade Eli, Timmonsville.

Bret McCormick •  803-329-4032; Twitter: @BretJust1T

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