High School Sports

Difficult week ends with award for Chester's McCaskill

RICHBURG -- A tough week ended with Chester's Gene McCaskill earning Class AAA/AA/A's Offensive Player of the Week at Tuesday's Founders Federal Tri-County Football Coaches Association meeting.

McCaskill and his family were burned out of their house last week. Fortunately, no one was hurt.

Victor Floyd, Chester's coach, said the community has rallied around the family and is helping with food, clothes and donations.

The setback didn't keep McCaskill from playing in the Cyclones' 36-0 win over Dreher last Friday.

McCaskill, selected The Herald's Offensive Player of the Week on Monday, said it was a breakout game, that is came at a good time with only Friday's game at Fairfield Central before the Cyclones head into the Class AAA playoffs.

He was 5-for-5 passing for 72 yards and a touchdown, had four catches for 73 yards two TDs, had six carries for 62 yards and scored a pair of 2-point conversions.

McCaskill, who plays quarterback and wide receiver, has committed to the University of Kentucky as a receiver.

• LONG STORY: Actually, it's a short one but it's about Clover senior linebacker Jeremy Long.

It was reported to The Herald that Long had an injured shoulder and could possibly be out for the season. Not so fast.

Clover coach Jet Turner said Long, after a doctor's advice, sat out last week's 16-14 win over Lancaster with a shoulder injury, but practiced Monday and will play Friday.

• ALMOST DONE: The teams in Classes AAA, AA and A play their final regular-season game Friday and begin the playoffs in two weeks.

Locks to get here are Chester in AAA, Lewisville and Great Falls in A.

Class AAAA has two weeks left before the playoffs begin. In are Clover, Northwestern and South Pointe. Others from Region 3-AAAA will have to get at-large bids.

Nation Ford, playing as an independent this season, is done this week. The Falcons travel to Columbia on Thursday for a game against Keenan.

Westminster Catawba hosts Hickory Grove on Friday. Indians coach Mike Scurlock said he was informed Tuesday that if his team wins, it will be invited to play in a private school tournament with schools from the Charlotte area.