Fort Mill's Asa Kryst had a career game in the Yellow Jackets' 41-35 double-overtime win against Broome last Friday.
Kryst, a 5-foot-8, 162-pound junior slot back, rushed for 223 yards and three touchdowns, caught three passes for 38 yards and a TD and logged three kickoff returns for 83 yards. His biggest run was his last, a 7-yard touchdown that sealed the win.
He's having an outstanding senior season with 66 carries for 498 yards, 9 touchdowns, and 12 receptions for 139 yards and 2 TDs. Football schools are beating down his door, right? He's going to be a sure-fire star at the next level, right? Hold on just a minute: He is getting notice from several schools for football, but soccer could be the sport he concentrates on at the next level.
Kryst is a forward in soccer for the U-18 Academy League of South Charlotte. The team was one game shy of the national championship match last spring. Kryst led the team in goals and assists. Last January, he was ranked No. 3 in the nation in goals scored.
In February, Kryst was named player of the week for all of academy play. Last May, he committed to South Carolina in soccer. Kryst's passion for the two sports has been an unusual quandary, according to his father, Rodney Kryst.
"Asa's final commitment is yet to be determine," he said. "The academy season conflicts with the South Carolina high school season, but we remain hopeful that he chooses Fort Mill soccer this spring. His selection to the Herald All-Area football team, team captain and MVP award last season inspires his gridiron journey."
SOME NUMBERS: If it's not a state record for yards on an interception return, at least has to be a tied for it.
In Friday's Northwestern at Nation Ford game, the Falcons trailed the No. 2 Trojans 38-35 with the clock running out. But Nation Ford quarterback Thomas Condron, who passed for 332 yards and two TDs, led the Falcons down the field one more time and had his team in scoring position. But his final pass was picked off by Northwestern's Kenneth Mitchell, who returned it 100 yards for the game-sealing TD.
On the opening kickoff, Nation Ford's JJ McCullough returned the ball 80 yards for a touchdown. Another big number, one folks are familiar with, was the performance of Trojans quarterback Justin Worley. He has proved throughout his three years as a starter that no situation is too big to overcome. Northwestern trailed 19-12 at the half, but the Trojans came back. Worley ended up with 362 passing yards and threw four touchdowns. Northwestern scored 21 points in the fourth quarter.
The game was a virtual numbers bonanza for those who love offense. Between them, the Trojans and Falcons had 972 total yards and 43 first downs. Nation Ford got 158 receiving yards from Will Ford and 172 on the ground from McCullough. Northwestern showed off another receiver, BJ Boyd, with 198 yards and 2 TDs.
And from the almost unbelievable numbers stack comes the penalty stats; very low for a game with so much offense. Northwestern was penalized twice for 20 yards, Nation Ford three times for 26.
POLL: This week's South Carolina Prep Writers Poll is out and there was a change, again, at the top of Class AAA. South Pointe was No. 1 last week and Myrtle Beach slid to No. 2. They reversed again this week, with the Seahawks moving back on top. Was it because of Friday's results?
South Pointe beat an improving Spartanburg team 14-13 in overtime on ESPN2. Myrtle Beach beat Conway 29-19. Maybe this will be settled for good at the state championship.
Northwestern stayed at No. 2 in Class AAAA and Clover moved up a spot into a tie with Gaffney at No. 7. There was the same kind of switch in Class A, where Williston-Elko moved to No. 1 from No. 2, and Lamar, No. 1 last week, dropped to No. 2.
THE POLLS: The S.C. Prep Writers Poll is compiled by The State newspaper in Columbia with voting by Cam Huffman, Aiken Standard; Bob Castello, Greenville News; Barry Byers, The Herald; Phil Bowman, Post and Courier; Kevin Melton, Spartanburg Herald, Journal; Shane Bowen, The Sun News of Myrtle Beach; Matt Anderson, Greenwood Index-Journal; and Akilah Nelson, The State:
Class AAAA: 1. Dorman (1); 2. Northwestern (2); 3. Goose Creek (3); 4. Summerville (4); 5. North Augusta (5); 6. Greenwood (6); T7. Gaffney (7); T7. Clover (8); 9. Byrnes (9); 10. Irmo (T10).
Class AAA: 1. Myrtle Beach (2); 2. South Pointe (1); 3. Fairfield Central (4); 4. Greenville (5); 5. Belton-Honea Path (6); 6. Clinton (3); 7. Camden (8); 8. Berkeley (9); 9. Wade Hampton (NR); 10. Marlboro County (7).
Class AA: 1. Dillon (1); 2. Central Pageland (2); 3. Timberland (3); T4. Strom Thurmond (4); T4. Manning (5); T6. Lake City (6); T6. Silver Bluff (8); 8. Mid-Carolina (7); 9. Woodland (NR); 10. Palmetto (10).
Class A: 1. Williston-Elko (2); 2. Lamar (1); 3. Bamberg-Ehrhardt (3); 4. Calhoun County (4); 5. Hemingway (6); 6. Abbeville (5); 7. Scott's Branch (7); 8. Christ Church (8); 9. Allendale-Fairfax (T10); 10. Johnsonville (T10).
TRI-COUNTY : The football coaches from Chester, Lancaster and York counties held their weekly meeting at the Front Porch in Richburg on Tuesday and picked the players of the week in the organization's two divisions:
OFFENSIVE PLAYER: Asa Kryst (Fort Mill) 22 attempts for 223 yards, 3 TDs, 3 receptions for 38 yards, TD, 3 kickoff returns for 83 yards. Honorable mention: Davontay Brown (Clover); Justin Worley (Northwestern); Dre Williams (Rock Hill); Montay Crockett (South Pointe); Spencer Carroll (York). OFFENSIVE LINEMAN: (tie) Cam Kilpatrick (FM) graded 86%, Chad Burris (N) graded 86%. Honorable mention: Johnnie Kline (RH); Chris Meyer (SP). DEFENSIVE PLAYER: Jadeveon Clowney (SP) 18 tackles, 4 TFL, sack. Honorable mention: Wilson Gregory (FM); BJ Hinton (CL); Devonte Gibson (N); Savion Thoms (RH). DEFENSIVE LINEMAN: Gerald Dixon (SP) 17 tackles, 4 TFL, 2 caused fumbles, sack. Honorable mention: Daniel Foster (Lancaster); Collins Mauldin (N); Thomas Perry (RH). SPECIAL TEAMS: Justin McClure (RH) 3 tackles, fumble caused for TD
OFFENSIVE PLAYER: Rondreas Truesdale (Indian Land) 12 carries for 212, 3 TDs TD pass, 255 yards total offense. Honorable mention: Darrian Henderson (Andrew Jackson); JJ McCullough (Nation Ford); Josh Parker (Westminster Catawba). OFFENSIVE LINEMAN: Corrie Feely (NF) graded 91%. Honorable mention: Daniel Helms (IL); Andrew Duvall (WC). DEFENSIVE PLAYER: Peyton Hinson (WC) 11 tackles, 1 sack, 3.5 TFL. Honorable mention: Reggie Wyatt (IL); Patrick Shropshire (NF). DEFENSIVE LINEMAN: Marc Morris (IL) 5 tackles, TFL, sack. SPECIAL TEAMS: Reggie Wyatt (IL) 58-yard punt return for TD, KO return for 30 yards and had a 38 yard punt return for a TD called back on a penalty. Honorable mention: Tyler Denkins (AJ); Gary Pence (NF); Cameron Atkins (WC).
THINK PINK: The Fort Mill High School junior varsity football team is hosting a kickoff event for breast cancer awareness and support. Three moms of Fort Mill JV players are battling breast cancer.
To bring more awareness and financial support for the York County Cancer Society, the school will host a "Pink Out for Cancer" event tonight at Bob Jones Stadium, Fort Mill High School, where the junior Jackets will host South Pointe's JV team at 6. All attendees in pink will receive a $2 discount admission fee. All concession stand proceeds will go to the cancer society. During halftime, Fort Mill's breast cancer "warriors" as well as any from South Pointe who wish to participate will be recognized.