Spencer Carroll, a three-year starter for the York Comprehensive High School football team – including its first game in the new stadium – is making his presence felt at the college level.
Carroll, an all-region performer at quarterback and son of Cougars head football coach Bobby Carroll, is a quarterback for the Limestone College Saints.
In Saturday’s 45-0 win against College of Faith – the first win in school history for the first-year football team at Limestone – Carroll completed seven of 11 passes for 80 yards, including his first touchdown pass of the season.
Limestone began the season with as many as nine quarterbacks in preseason workouts, and since has settled into only those expected to compete this season, with Carroll in the mix.
Carroll, who had a productive spring game for the Saints, said he embraces the opportunity in much the same manner as he did as a vital contributor to the Cougars football program.
Carroll, with York teammate Ty Currence, enrolled at Limestone last year, attending classes and preparing for the 2014 football season.
“I am excited about the opportunity at Limestone,” Carroll said before his first season with the Saints. “I like the school, the coaches and my teammates.
“We have waited a long time for the season to begin.”
Carroll said he plans to coach someday. “I plan to be a coach, but I’m not through playing the game,” said Carroll before a recent Cougars practice.
Currence, a linebacker and defensive stalwart for the Cougars before taking his talents to college, also made an impact in Saturday’s game.
Currence made two tackles and recovered a fumble he forced.
The Limestone football team has been well received by the Gaffney community. The Saints drew nearly 6,000 fans in the season-opener at The Reservation at tradition-rich Gaffney High School.
Other former Cougars football standouts also are making their mark at the college level.
Ryan Moore, an outstanding runner for Clover as a freshman before transferring to York to finish his high school career, is working his way into more playing time for Youngstown State.
Moore had a large part in the Penguins’ 52-24 blowout win against St. Francis (Pa.) on Saturday.
Moore carried the ball five times for 59 yards, including a career-long 23-yard run in the second half as Youngstown improved to 3-1 on the season.
York’s Beau Nunn started at left guard for the Appalachian State Mountaineers for the third straight game.
York’s brother, Hunter, a tight end/halfback, also had playing time for the Mountaineers, who lost to Southern Miss, 21-20.
Both Nunn brothers had stellar careers with the Cougars, helping restore York football to championship-contender status.
Appalachian State is in its first year as a BCS member and opened the season before 110,000 fans in Michigan Stadium.
The Mountaineers are a member of the Sunbelt Conference.
Former Cougars mainstay Jerome Pettiway, a true freshman at South Carolina State, is making his presence felt in the punting game.
Pettiway punted seven times for a 39.4 average for the Bulldogs in their 17-7 win against Furman. He also landed two of his kicks inside the Furman 10-yard line.
Pettiway was an outstanding quarterback for the Cougars who also brought stability to their punting game.
York’s Chad Hill is another former Cougars standout. Hill is making huge strides as a defensive leader for the Butler Community College Grizzlies.
Hill had a big game in the Grizzlies’ 63-7 win against Fort Scott Community College, finishing with seven tackles, a quarterback sack and 1.5 tackles for loss.