On the strength of its 42-34 come-from-behind win over Sumter last Friday night, York has moved up to No. 3 in this week’s S.C. Prep Media 4A state rankings, released Tuesday evening.
The Cougars’ current ranking is the school’s highest ever in the 4A classification. They follow defending Big 16 state champs Dutch Fork (No. 1) and Byrnes, which moved up to No. 2 after beating Northwestern 30-22 on Friday at District Three Stadium.
South Pointe held steady at No. 2 in 3A, while Great Falls dropped out of the 1A top-10 despite a 13-7 win over Blacksburg.
S.C. Prep Media Poll -- Week 1
1. Dutch Fork; 2. Byrnes; 3. York; 4. Northwestern; 5. Summerville; 6. Boiling Springs; 7. Goose Creek; 8. North Augusta; 9. Spartanburg; 10. Fort Dorchester
Others receiving votes: Dorman, Stratford, Spring Valley, Hillcrest, Easley, Socastee, South Florence
1. Myrtle Beach; 2. South Pointe; 3. Hartsville; 4. Wren; 5. Marlboro County; 6. Daniel; 7. Seneca; 8. Midland Valley; 9 Greer; T10. Union County; T10. Broome
Others receiving votes: Crestwood, Orangeburg-Wilkinson, Swansea, Darlington, Belton-Honea Path, A.C. Flora, Chapin, Georgetown
1. Dillon; 2. Strom Thurmond; 3. Batesburg-Leesville; 4. Timberland; 5. Abbeville; 6. Newberry; 7. Loris; 8. Woodruff; 9. Fairfield Central; 10. Chesnee
Others receiving votes: Chesterfield, Ninety Six, Silver Bluff, Woodland, Cheraw, Bishop England
1. Christ Church; 2. Lamar; 3. Carvers Bay; 4. Allendale-Fairfax; 5. Hunter-Kinard-Tyler; 6. Hemingway; 7. Bamberg-Ehrhardt; 8. Williston-Elko; 9. Lake View; 10. Estill
Others receiving votes: Great Falls, Ridge Spring-Monetta, Cross, Southside Christian, Lewisville, St. Joseph’s, Timmonsville
Local prep football stars ready to open college careers this weekend
Former York Cougars standout Beau Nunn, slated to start at left guard this season for Appalachian State, will travel with the Mountaineers to Ann Arbor, Mich., when they try to repeat their historic 2007 upset of the Wolverines at the Big House. Nunn packed about 30 pounds on his 6-foot-4 frame during a redshirt year and is also listed as the team’s backup left tackle.
The game will be aired on ESPN on Saturday at noon, and Nunn won’t be the only former Cougar in action. His brother, Hunter Nunn, is listed as the team’s No. 2 H-back.
Ryan Moore, another former York standout, and the Youngstown State Penguins (No. 21 in FCS) travel to Illinois to take on the Fighting Illini at 12:05 p.m. Moore, who is 5-foot-11 and 200 pounds, graduated early and enrolled early at Youngstown last January, is one of several backs that should see playing time behind starter Martin Ruiz.
On Thursday night, Campbell and Charlotte will be opening their season at Barker-Lane Stadium in Buies Creek, N.C. It’s unclear if Charlotte cornerback and former South Pointe Stallion Devin Pearson will play this fall or not; the thinking is Charlotte will redshirt him and several other young contributors to give them three full years at the FBS level when the 49ers football program moves up after this season.
Former York offensive lineman Shuler Littleton, former South Pointe defensive back Eric Westbrook and former Nation Ford quarterback Dalton Helms are all true freshmen for the Camels.
Presbyterian will also be in action Thursday night. The Blue Hose – featuring former Nation Ford Falcon standout Riley Hilton, former York offensive lineman Thomas Broom, as well as leading returning tackler, Indian Land gradute Breyon Williams, and fellow linebacker, Great Falls’ Isaiah Lynn – travel west to take on Northern Illinois in a 7 p.m. kickoff that can be viewed online at ESPN3.com.
And in arguably the most high profile game of the week involving a local, Oklahoma State tackles Florida State Saturday night at 8:30 p.m. on ABC. Ex-Northwestern Trojan Mason Rudolph will likely be standing on the Cowboys sidelines for that game, but it remains to be seen whether he’ll redshirt or not.
The Citadel two-deep
Former Rock Hill Bearcat Mitchell Jeter will return as a starter for The Citadel at defensive tackle. But he’s one of the few veterans for the Bulldogs, which released its depth chart this week. The Citadel features nine freshman in the two-deep.
Among the “knobs,” as true freshmen are called in The Citadel parlance, appearing in the two-deep is former South Pointe star Josh Massey, who is listed as a safety. The Charleston Post and Courier’s Jeff Hartsell said Massey has made an early impression with several big hits during Bulldogs preseason scrimmages.
Former Clover star Aaron Miller will start at quarterback for The Citadel, which opens its first season under new coach Mike Houston this weekend against Coastal Carolina.
Clemson depth chart
Two locals are in Clemson’s depth chart released this week ahead of the Tigers’ season opener Saturday against Georgia at 5:30 p.m.
Chester graduate Kalon Davis has taken advantage of David Beasley’s opening game suspension to nail down a starting gig at right guard. Beasley and Davis, both seniors this fall, have competed throughout their careers, though Davis would have likely been a starter regardless of Beasley’s status.
Jay Jay McCullough, the former Nation Ford athlete, is the other player listed on the depth chart, though he’s at the bottom rung of Clemson’s tight ends.
Tri-County awards from Week Zero
Offensive player of the week: Deshaw Andrews, York – senior quarterback helped York overcome a 10-point fourth quarter deficit by completing 20 of 23 passes for 262 yards and two touchdowns, including a long of 83, while also rushing for 106 yards and four scores on the ground.
Defensive player: Jordan Webster, York – linebacker made 12 tackles and recovered a fumble in the 42-34 win over Sumter.
Offensive lineman: Travis White, York – offensive guard graded out 93 percent with two knockdown blocks.
Defensive lineman: Ethan Whitesides, York – senior defensive lineman made six tackles and recorded a sack against Sumter.
Special teams: Buddy Anderson, York – senior kicker successfully converting all six of his PATs against Sumter, knocking all seven of his kickoffs for touchbacks and averaging 40 yards on three punts.
Offensive player of the week: Tommy Sanders, Chester – senior quarterback completed 18 of 22 passes for 291 yards and three touchdowns, with no interceptions, in the Cyclones’ win over Lewisville.
Defensive player: Dallas Thompson, South Pointe – made 10 tackles and a sack in the Stallions’ win over New Covenant.
Offensive lineman: Andrew Hinson, South Pointe – graded out 94 percent, made two knockdown blocks in South Pointe’s season-opening win.
Defensive lineman: Jene Thompson, Lewisville – sophomore defensive lineman made nine tackles, four sacks and six tackles-for-loss in the Lions’ loss to Chester.
Special teams: Christian Laws, Lewisville – senior punted four times for a 40-yard average, and downed two inside the 10-yard line.