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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