High School Football

These 10 were named Tri-County Coaches Association football players of the week

Tri-County Coaches Association players of the week (from Week 1)

5A schools

Offensive player of the week: Narii Gaither, Rock Hill - senior running back carried the ball 32 times against South Pointe, racking up 188 yards and two touchdowns, while playing offense and defense.

Defensive player: Steven Neese, Fort Mill - Neese piled up 19 tackles against Chester, including nine solo jobs. He also recovered a fumble for the Yellow Jackets.

Offensive lineman: Carson Murray, Rock Hill - the Bearcats’ junior center graded 91 percent with three knockdowns during his team’s win over South Pointe.

Defensive lineman: Ashten Schaufert, Nation Ford - the senior defensive lineman was a nuisance against Conway, making 10 tackles, including three for a loss, and recording four quarterback hurries and three QB knockdowns.

Special teams: Dewuan McCullum, Nation Ford - senior amassed 129 total yards on four kick returns against Conway.

1A, 2A, 3A, 4A schools

Offensive player of the week: Pha’Leak Brown, Chester - senior running back produced a game-winning performance against Fort Mill, rushing for 211 yards and a touchdown on 17 carries.

Defensive player: Tahj Knight, Indian Land - Knight made nine tackles, with three for a loss and two quarterback hurries, during the Warriors’ win over Buford.

Offensive lineman: Wyatt Tunall, Chester - senior committed to Appalachian State graded 86 percent with five knockdown blocks, while helping the Cyclones rush for close to 450 yards against Fort Mill.

Defensive lineman: Martez Moore, Lewisville - Moore notched 12 tackles, including nine solo efforts and two for a loss, against C.A. Johnson. Moore also forced and recovered a fumble.

Special teams: Avery Funderburk, Andrew Jackson - Funderburk made a 43-yard field goal, hit 4-of-5 extra points and had two touchbacks on kickoffs for the Vols last Friday.

State rankings - South Pointe drops

South Pointe dipped out of the top spot in the 4A high school football state rankings for the first time in over a year, following the Stallions’ loss to Rock Hill High last Friday night. The Bearcats got a vote in the 5A poll, while Clover received four.

Chester hosts Rock Hill High Friday. The Cyclones remain at No. 3 in the 3A classification, while Great Falls also picked up a vote in the 1A ranking.


1. Dutch Fork (16)

2. Dorman

3. Gaffney

4. Fort Dorchester

5. T.L. Hanna

6. Hillcrest

7. Byrnes

8. Berkeley

9. Sumter

10. Summerville

Receiving votes: Boiling Springs, Spartanburg, West Florence, Clover, Spring Valley, Greenwood and Rock Hill.


1. Hartsville (16)

2. South Pointe

3. Belton-Honea Path

4. Myrtle Beach

5. Greer

6. North Myrtle Beach

7. Greenville

8. Westwood

9. Brookland-Cayce

10. North Augusta

Receiving votes: Eastside, Wren, Daniel, Beaufort and Lakewood.


1. Dillon (16)

2. Gilbert

3. Chester

4. Chapman

5. Strom Thurmond

6. Woodruff

7. Wade Hampton (H)

8. Broome

9. Camden

10. Union County

Receiving votes: Crescent, Seneca, Newberry, May River, Georgetown, Manning, Pendleton, Academic Magnet.


1. Abbeville (16)

2. Barnwell

3. Carvers Bay

4. Bamberg-Ehrhardt

5. Southside Christian

6. Whale Branch

7. Saluda

8. Ninety-Six

9. Hannah-Pamplico

10. Timberland

Receiving votes: Batesburg-Leesville, Chesterfield, Latta, Woodland, Andrews, Gray Collegiate, Blacksburg, Landrum and Silver Bluff.


1. Lamar (16)

2. C.E. Murray

3. Lake View

4. Wagener-Salley

5. Ridge Spring-Monetta

6. Dixie and Timmonsville (tie)

8. Green Sea-Floyds

9. Branchville

10. Hemingway

Receiving votes: Williston-Elko, St. John’s, Blackville-Hilda, Baptist Hill, Denmark-Olar, Fox Creek, Scott’s Branch and Great Falls.

Voters: Chris Dearing, The State; Bret McCormick, The Herald; Lou Bezjak, The State; Travis Jenkins, Chester News Reporter; Jed Blackwell, Spartanburg Herald-Journal; Bob Castello, Greenville News; Chris Burgin, 100.1 The Fan; Eric Russell, Aiken Standard; Scott Chancey, Florence Morning News; Dennis Brunson, Sumter Item; Justin Jarrett, Lowcountry Sports; Chris Clark, Orangeburg Times and Democrat; David Roberts, Greenwood Index-Journal; Ian Guerin; David Shelton, Charleston Post and Courier; Lake Morris, Anderson Independent Mail.

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