There has been some good and bad news for former Rock Hill Bearcats in the NFL since Friday, and the best piece of news concerns former defensive back Phillip Adams.
Adams was selected in the seventh round of the NFL draft by the San Francisco 49ers, 244th, out of S.C. State. He was the first of the 49ers' 2010 draft choices to sign and is competing for time at cornerback.
When teams cut to their 53-man rosters last week, Adams was not among the players released. He will likely see time returning kicks this season. Adams returned a punt 83 yards for a touchdown in an exhibition game against the Oakland Raiders on Aug. 29.
The weekend wasn't what another pair of former Bearcats defensive backs had hoped for. Ko Simpson and Jonathan Hefney were released by Detroit as the Lions cut to their 53-man list. Simpson began his career with the Buffalo Bills in 2007 out of South Carolina.
Hefney signed with the Lions' practice squad. Simpson is home in Rock Hill.
"I'm coming off knee surgery and was limited in what I could do in preseason practice,'' Simpson said. "I'm going to work out and let my knee heal, then look around and see which teams are interested in me.''
Former Bearcats running back Arkee Whitlock leads the Edmonton Eskimos in rushing this season. He has run for 689 yards on 118 carries (5.8 YPC) and four touchdowns. He's caught 12 passes for 78 yards and a TD. The Eskimos are 2-7 and in last place in the CFL's West Division.
And there was defensive back Chris Hope, who had a strange incident when he and the Tennessee Titans came to play the Carolina Panthers on Aug. 28.
Hope brought a group of Titans teammates for a cookout and to swim out back in the pool at the home he built for his parents.
The smoke was heavy once the cooking started and a passerby put in a call that the house was on fire.
First to arrive was Bob Davenport, a local magistrate and a member of the Bethesda Volunteer Fire Department. A lot of smoke, but no fire.
VOTES ARE IN: Tuesday was catch-up day for the members of the Tri-County Football Coaches Association and the votes were flying in the packed back dining room at the Front Porch in Richburg.
There were nominations in weeks 0 and 1, but the top players had to wait for Tuesday's meeting to see who won the awards. And added to that, the coaches also voted on the top players from Week 2.
There are a few changes this year because Fort Mill, Nation Ford, South Pointe and York were moved from Class AAAA to Class AAA in the realignment for the state's schools the next two years.
The changes warranted that the awards order had to be changed, and this year they will be called Division I and Division II. Divisions were set on the enrollments of each school.
Clover, Fort Mill, Lancaster, Northwestern, South Pointe and York are in DI. Andrew Jackson, Chester, Indian Land, Lewisville and Westminster Catawba make up DII.
Tuesday's results were:
Offensive Player: Tay Hicklin (South Pointe) 22 carries for 198 yards, 4 TDs, 78 yards passing, TD. Honorable mention: B.J. Hinton (Clover); Savion Thoms (Rock Hill). Offensive Lineman: (tie) Chad Burris (Northwestern) 92 percent, Tre McCullough (RH) 92 percent. Honorable mention: Griffin Marsh (CL). Defensive Player: Jadeveon Clowney (SP) 15 tackles, 4 QB pressures, 3 sacks, 3 tackles for loss. Honorable mention: TyDerrick Robinson (N); William Killian (RH). Defensive Lineman: Mitchell Jeter (RH) 9 tackles, 2 fumbles caused, fumble recovery, 2 sacks. Honorable mention: Colby Welker (CL); Collins Mauldin (N); Gerald Dixon (SP). Special Teams: James Jackson (SP) blocked punt with little time remaining to set up the winning TD. Honorable mention: Clover: Aaron Miller (CL); Lamar Mitchell (N); Micah Burklin (RH).
Offensive Player: Tony McNeal (Chester) 15-28 Passing, 264 yards, 2 TDs. Honorable mention: Rondreas Truesdale (Indian Land); Will Ford (Nation Ford).
Offensive Lineman: JT Boyd (NF) 90 percent, 3 pancakes. Honorable mention: Marc Morris (IL). Defensive Player: Josh Driscoll (NF) 9 tackles, caused fumble. Honorable mention: Neil Williams (CH); Reggie Wyatt (IL). Defensive Lineman: Logan Daughtry (NF) 10 tackles, sack, 2 tackles for loss. Honorable mention: AJ Gordon (IL). Special Teams: Chad Thomas (IL) 5-5 PATs, FG made from 27 yards. Honorable mention: Gary Spence (NF).
Offensive Player: Justin Worley 23-33 passing, 315 yards, 5 TDs. Honorable mention: Asa Kryst (Fort Mill); Kirob Sims (RH); Corey Dover (York). Offensive Lineman: Steven Nance (N) graded 85 percent. Honorable mention: Trey McCullough (RH). Defensive Player: Rod Byers (N) 15 tackles, caused fumble, recovered fumble, sack, tackle for loss. Honorable mention: William Killian (RH); Jadeveon Clowney (SP). Defensive Lineman :(tie) Andre Wade (N) 13 tackles, recovered fumble, 2 tackles for loss; Tate McDaniel (RH) 12 tackles, fumble recovery.
Special Teams: Landon Ard (SP) 5 punts for 39.5-yard average, fields goals of 48 and 37 yards, 2-2 PATs, 5 touchbacks. Honorable mention: Rylan Wells (FM); Michael Burklin(RH).
Offensive Player: Tony McNeal (CH) 13-20, 162 yards, 4 TDs. Honorable mention: Rondreas Truesdale (IL); Thomas Condron (NF); Parker (Westminster Catawba). Offensive Lineman: JT Boyd (NF) graded 89 percent. Honorable mention: Darius Foote (CH); Patrick Komorous (IL); Andrew Duvall (WC). Defensive Player: Jarrell Robinson (IL) 8 tackles, TFL, sack, Big Hit, 3 interceptions, one for a 70-yard TD, punted 3 times for a 43-yard average, longest of 50 yards. Honorable mention: Julius Pendergrass (CH); Quentin McKnight (Lewisville); Ramon Rollins (NF); Mason Rudolph (WC).
Defensive Lineman: Patrick Shropshire (NF) 20 tackles. Honorable mention: Marc Morris(IL); Darius Minter (CH). Special Teams: Chad Thomas (IL)PAT and 30-yard FG. Honorable mention: Deon Strong (CH).
Offensive Player: Aaron Miller (CL)
Offensive Player: Brent Minter (CH) 15 carries, 102 yards, TD, 2 receptions for 50 yards. Honorable mention: Nick Damm (NF). Offensive Lineman: Damien Frederick (CH) graded 89 percent, 4 knockdowns. Honorable mention: John White (NF). Defensive Player: Jamarcus Moore (CH) 19 tackles, 2 TFL, interception. Honorable mention: Patrick Shropshire (NF). Defensive Lineman: Neil Williams (CH) 11 tackles, 2 TFL, graded 87 percent. Honorable mention: Ramon Rollins (NF). Special Teams: Sean Potts-Harris (NF) kickoff return TD, blocked punt, blocked extra point. Honorable mention: Deon Strong (CH).
POLL: The McClatchy Prep Football poll was released Tuesday and there were some surprises.
For the first time in at least five years, Byrnes (4th) was not No. 1 in Class AAAA this early in the season. Dorman has held that honor for the last two weeks, same for Northwestern at No. 2. Clover is No. 10 and Rock Hill was among teams getting votes.
In Class AAA, South Pointe and Marlboro County tied for third, Chester is No. 5 and Nation Ford was among teams receiving votes, the first time the Falcons have been in the poll since the school opened four years ago. In Class AA, 2-0 Indian Land got votes.
The poll is voted on by high school writers from around the state and includes: Cam Huffman (Aiken Standard), Justin Jarrett (Beaufort Gazette/Island Packet), Barry Byers (Rock Hill Herald), Phil Bowman (Charleston Post and Courier), Kevin Melton (Spartanburg Herald-Journal), Shane Bowen (Myrtle Beach Sun News) and Akilah Nelson (The State).
Class AAAA: 1. Dorman (1); 2. Northwestern (2); 3. Goose Creek (3); 4. Byrnes (5); 5. Summerville (6); 6. Mauldin (7); T7. Gaffney (4), T7. Greenwood (10); T9. Spartanburg (8), T9. North Augusta (9), T9. Clover. Also getting votes: Rock Hill, Irmo, Aiken, Wando.
Class AAA: 1. Myrtle Beach (1); 2. Berkeley (2); T3. Marlboro County (3); T3. South Pointe (2); 5. Chester (5); 6. Clinton (6); 7. Greenville (7); 8. Fairfield Central (8); 9. Greer (NR); 10. Belton Honea Path (NR). Also getting votes: Belton-Honey Path, Camden, Pickens, Nation Ford, Crestwood, A.C. Flora.
Class AA: 1. Dillon (1); 2. Central (2); 3. Timberland (4); 4. Lake City (3); 5. Strom Thurmond (5); 6. Manning (6); T7. Broome (8), T7. Palmetto (NR); 9. Silver Bluff (10); 10. Hanahan (NR). Also getting votes: Columbia, Woodruff, Indian Land, Marion, Batesburg-Leesville.
Class A: 1. Chesterfield (1); 2. Williston-Elko (2); 3. Lamar (3); 4. Abbeville (4); 5. Bamberg-Ehrhardt (5); T6. Hemingway (6), T6. Calhoun County (6); 8. Carvers Bay (8); 9. Christ Church (10); T10. Blackville-Hilda (NR), T10. Allendale-Fairfax. Also getting votes: Whale Branch, Johnsonville, C.E. Murray, Scotts Branch.
ABOUT TIME: Indian Land coach Mike Mayer looked like a man who had just crawled our from under a 2,000 pound rock without being injured on Tuesday.
Mayer didn't look bad. He looked relieved. The Warriors moved up to Class AA this season and are off to a 2-0 start, one of their best in years. Mayer is satisfied with that, but he had good news.
The kicking game at Indian Land has been non-existent for years and has cost the Warriors wins in close games. Maybe not any more.
In the Warriors' season-opening 28-13 winner over Buford, freshman Chad Thomas drilled a 30-yard field goal, the first for Indian Land since 2005. He added another in a 38-15 win over Blacksburg last Friday.