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Knights sweep All-County Line superlatives

  • Thursday, January 2, 2014

Rob Gantt/Gazette Stratford quarterback Jacob Park passed for 34 touchdowns this season.

2013 All-County Line Team

SUPERLATIVES



Berkeley County Coach of the Year: Ray Stackley, Stratford


Dorchester County Coach of the Year: John McKissick, Summerville


Berkeley County Offensive Player of the Year: Jacob Park, Stratford


Dorchester County Offensive Player of the Year: Sawyer Bridges, Summerville


Berkeley County Defensive Player of the Year: Michael Simmons, Stratford


Dorchester County Defensive Player of the Year: Kawuan Cox, Summerville



FIRST TEAM



Offense


QB – Dantez Bennamon, Goose Creek


RB – Caleb Kinlaw, Goose Creek


RB – Devontae Shepherd, Cross


FB –† Bernard Harmon, Timberland


OL – Zack Bailey, Summerville


OL – Tyler Hood, Goose Creek


OL – Larry Smith, Hanahan


OL – Nick Tononi, Fort Dorchester††


OL – J.R. Fiddie, Berkeley


OL – Kevin McCray, Timberland


TE – Sean Smith, Summerville


WR – Terrell Green, Hanahan


WR – Jordan Barnes, Goose Creek


WR – Thad Thompson, Stratford


ATH – Donavon Thompson, Ashley Ridge


K – David Kennedy, Summerville



Defense


DL – Johnell Brown, Timberland


DL - Eurndraus Bryant, Fort Dorchester


DL – Joe Cook, Stratford


DL – Kalan Ritchie, Goose Creek


LB – Cecil Smith, Stratford


LB – Mac McCurry, Summerville


LB – Lyndon Young, Hanahan


LB – Za’von Whitaker, Timberland


LB – K.J. Wood, Goose Creek


LB – Tyquan Tucker, Ashley Ridge


DB – Omar McRae, Goose Creek


DB – Josh Simmons, Berkeley


DB – Marlon Washington, Hanahan


DB – Kevin Dickinson, Summerville


ATH – Dionte Evans, Cross


P – Tyler Tekac, Stratford



SECOND TEAM



Offense


QB – Kobe Garrett, Fort Dorchester


RB – Jordan Johnson, Stratford


RB – Shamel Williams, Timberland


FB – Quan Wade, Hanahan


OL – Jacob Billings, Hanahan


OL – Tyler Moss, Ashley Ridge


OL – Jonathan James, Summerville


OL – Cody Wadford, Timberland


OL – Zach Van Alstine, Goose Creek


TE – Akeem Gadsden, Goose Creek


WR – Corey Rawlings, Fort Dorchester


WR – Johnston McCurry, Summerville


WR – Sam Denmark, Hanahan


ATH – Tyrik Johnson, Goose Creek


K – Vance Bailey, Berkeley



Defense


DL – Vontrel Grant, Hanahan


DL – Matt Powell, Summerville


DL – Greg Jones, Cross


DL – Myles White, Fort Dorchester


LB – Matt Rudy, Cane Bay


LB – Daylin Julius, Goose Creek


LB – David Govan, Fort Dorchester


LB – Branden Williams, Berkeley


LB – Shaquille Salley, Goose Creek


DB – Kendall Felder, Ashley Ridge


DB – D.J. Commodore, Fort Dorchester


DB – Dee Harley, Berkeley


DB – Tracy Gailliard, Cane Bay


ATH – Daniel Robinson, Timberland


P – Kyle Spigner, Hanahan

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The Stratford Knights have claimed the top three honors in the Gazette's annual All-County Line football team.

Knights coach Ray Stackley was named Berkeley County Coach of the Year after guiding Stratford to a 12-3 record and an appearance in the Class AAAA Div. II state championship game.

Quarterback Jacob Park was named the Berkeley County Offensive Player of the Year and outside linebacker Michael Simmons was named the Berkeley County Defensive Player of the Year.

The All-County Line football team is a collaborative effort between the sports departments of the Summerville Journal Scene, The Gazette and The Berkeley Independent. Every effort was made to recognize as many players from as many different teams as possible from programs in Berkeley and Dorchester counties.

In Dorchester County, Summerville coach John McKissick was named coach of the year, while Wave quarterback Sawyer Bridges was named offensive player of the year and Kawuan Cox the defensive player of the year.

The Green Wave advanced to the Class AAAA Div. I state semifinals before losing a heartbreaker.

In Berkeley County, a number of teams had excellent seasons. The Knights won 12 games and advanced to the state final. Goose Creek (12-1, Class AAAA Div. II) and Hanahan (11-1, Class AAA) were both unbeaten before upset losses in the second round of the playoffs. Timberland finished 10-3 and made it to the state semifinal in Class AA.

Individually, it was a special season for Park on the gridiron.

The University of Georgia commitment threw for nearly 3,700 yards and 34 touchdowns in his final campaign on Crowfield Boulevard. Park is the lone four-year starter at quarterback in the school's history and finished his career with 9,441 yards of total offense and 96 total touchdowns in earning the state's Mr. Football Award.

“He was very deserving of (winning Mr. Football),” SHS coach Ray Stackley said.

Park represented the state in the Shrine Bowl game and will play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 4 in San Antonio.

Simmons was an outside linebacker for the Knights and made over 90 tackles on the strong side of the defense. He was equally as productive in the leadership category and could often be seen giving teammates pep talks on the sideline and firing them up at other times.

“He was the leader of our defense both physically and emotionally,” Stackley said. “The players fed off of his enthusiasm and his verbal leadership.”

Simmons has been offered by Presbyterian College and Kennesaw State and should get some more offers as signing day approaches.

In Dorchester County, McKissick guided the Green Wave to an 11-3 record and Bridges had a lot to do with that success. Though only a sophomore, the second-year starter showed great composure and did a fine job of game management in 2013.

Bridges passed for 2,248 yards and 21 touchdowns this season. He also rushed for 289 yards and four TDs, averaging 3.6 yards per carry.

Cox, a junior, had 95 tackles, including 64 unassisted, and led the Green Wave in sacks with 14 and QB hurries with 23. The pressure the second-year starter managed to consistently apply was also a factor for many plays for which he didn't make the tackle.

Park, Simmons, Bridges and Cox are not listed with the first team but should be considered first-team selections.

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