Winning teams highlight awards

RICHBURG -- It wasn't hard to figure out which teams won last week at Tuesday's Founders Federal Tri-County Football Coaches Association meeting.

The 10 plaques awarded went to players on winning teams.

York, which beat Lancaster, had two winners -- Adrion Crawford for offensive player of the week and Brian Hough for the offensive line -- in the Class AAAA Division.

Northwestern, a 32-19 winner over Clover, had defensive player of the week Greg Paige and special teams winner Max Kersbergen.

Terrance Tinnin, defensive lineman of the week, helped South Pointe beat Rock Hill 16-0.

Chester was a three-time winner in Class AAA/AA/A Division after its 30-0 Region 3-AAA win over Lugoff-Elgin. C.C. Whitlock, who moved back to quarterback, was offensive player of the week, Julius Pendergrass was the defensive player and Bobby Jackson the defensive lineman.

The other two awards went to offensive lineman Matthew Small and special teamer Travis Hempton who were keys in Lewisville's 55-6 win over Fox Creek.

• SCHEDULE UPDATE: Northwestern's home football game against Lancaster on Friday night at 8 p.m. at District Three Stadium was left off the schedule we used -- not from the school.

The Armed Forces will be honored at the Northwestern-Lancaster game, with a representative from each branch on hand.

Rock Hill hosts Mauldin on Thursday at 7:30, not Friday at 8 p.m.

• CROSS COUNTRY: Fort Mill dropped from No. 1 to No. 2 in this week's Class AAAA boys cross country poll and was replaced by Wando, which beat Fort Mill at the recent Coaches Classic Meet in Columbia.

Northwestern moved up to No. 6.

Fort Mill's girls are No. 4 in Class AAAA. Northwestern is No. 9. Mauldin is atop the poll.

In the individual rankings covering all three divisions, Northwestern's Mary Kate Dubard is No. 2 and Rock Hill's Hannah Robinson No. 8 in the girls top 10.

Fort Mill's Mark Blackmon is No. 3 in the boys.

The poll is voted on by the South Carolina Track and Cross Country Coaches Association.

• CHECK US OUT: For those you who have visited our prep football Web site, we hope you like what we have done to make it better.

For those who haven't, please go to and check it out.

It offers state scores, standings and schedules -- by week or team. It has game and practice videos and taped interviews with selected coaches on upcoming big games.

And there is a message board set up for each school that is monitored by John Nielsen. We're getting some hits, but would like more. Click on and comment on your team.

You can also hear our weekly high school football podcast.

• UPCOMING: Thursday night offers a large number of area junior varsity, 9th-grade and middle school football games.

But there are more sports going on and each Tuesday and Thursday offers a heavy schedule.

This Thursday's schedule offers the following:

Volleyball: Fort Mill at Clover; Lancaster at York; South Pointe at Northwestern; Rock Hill at Nation Ford; Lewisville at Chesterfield; McBee at Indian Land; Westminster Catawba at Northside

Girls tennis: Fort Mill at Clover; Lancaster at York; South Pointe at Northwestern

Girls golf: South Pointe at Clover; Fort Mill at Nation Ford

Cross Country: Nation Ford at Chester

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