THE ISLAND PACKET/BEAUFORT GAZETTE 2013 ALL-AREA FOOTBALL TEAM
(As chosen by The Island Packket and The Beaufort Gazette sports staff)
Coach of the Year -- Mark Clifford, Beaufort High
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Offensive Player of the Year -- Eric Blakely, RB, Beaufort High
Defensive Player of the Year -- Poona Ford, DL, Hilton Head Island High
FIRST TEAM OFFENSE
QB: Alex Davis, Bluffton, Jr.
2,023 pass yds, 20 TDs, 10 INT, 85 carries, 241 rush yds, 4 TDs
Comment: Davis struggled in the early going but righted the ship in time for a successful first season as a starter.
RB: Eric Blakely, Beaufort High, Sr.
1,594 rush yds, 7.3 avg., 18 TDs
Comment: Followed footsteps of his brother, former Beaufort High running back Jesse Owens.
RB: Khalil Lewis, Hilton Head High, Sr.
1,379 rush yds, 9.4 avg., 20 TDs
Comment: Nagging injuries late in the season kept him from breaking his own single-season rushing record, but the senior still managed to carry the Seahawks' offense during a 7-0 start.
WR: Aaron Frazier, Hilton Head High, Jr.
44 rec., 859 yds., 19.3 avg., 5 TDs
Comment: Frazier's success on deep balls and tunnel screens helped him break the school record for receiving yards in a single season.
WR: Gavin Bush, Ridgeland-Hardeeville, Jr.
44 rec., 737 yds., 16.8 avg., 9 TDs
Comment: The all-time leading receiver for the two-year-old program caught more passes (44) than the team completed last season (28).
OL: Josh Darrell, Bluffton, Sr.
Comment: The three-year starter earned the Bobcats' offensive line MVP award and was an all Region 8-AAAA selection.
OL: Tyrae Simmons, Ridgeland-Hardeeville, Sr.
Comment: The North-South selection, who saw action at tackle and guard, had 40 pancake blocks and was 3 for 3 on extra points.
OL: Jerome Maddox, Hilton Head High, Jr.
Comment: Maddox paved the way for RB Khalil Lewis' big year in the backfield while earning the team's lineman of the year award.
OL: Max Ford, Whale Branch, Sr.
Comment: State wrestling champion graded at 88 percent average and was Region 5-A lineman of the year.
OL: Mike Rentz, Beaufort High, Sr.
Comment: Three-year starter at guard also played on defense when called.
TE: Stephen Baggett, Beaufort High, Sr.
29 rec., 556 yds., 7 TDs
Comment: East Carolina recruit developed his receiving skills and earned North-South and all-region nods.
K: Brady Cormier, Beaufort High, Jr.
36-37 PAT, 6 FGs, long of 52 (tied school record)
Comment: Booming kickoffs left nothing to chance. Opponents started at the 25.
FIRST TEAM DEFENSE
DL: Shameik Blackshear, Bluffton, Jr.
70 tackles, 9 TFL, 5 sacks, 2 FF, 2 PD, 8 QB hurries
Comment: Sought-after defensive end didn't match his sophomore numbers, but still managed to become a force on the Bluffton line.
DL: Poona Ford, Hilton Head High, Sr.
135 tackles, 28 TFL, 7 sacks, 17 QB hurries, 2 FF, 34 carries, 155 rush yds, 7 TDs
Comment: All-American led the Seahawks defense with another eye-popping year statistically. He also rushed for three touchdowns in Hilton Head High's 33-32 upset of rival Bluffton.
DL: Nyles Pinckney, Whale Branch, Soph.
76 tackles, 26 TFL, 4 sacks, 3 FF, 3 FR, 7 QB hurries, 2 blocked punts, INT, 2 defensive TD
Comment: Region 5-A Defensive Player of the Year boasts offers from Clemson, Georgia Tech and North Carolina.
DL: Kentrell Seabrook, Beaufort High, Sr.
74 tackles, 11 TFL, 4 sacks, 2 blocked kicks, 2 FF, 2 FR, defensive TD
Comment: North-South and all-region selection showed his versatility by also playing well at right offensive tackle.
LB: Isaiah Sloan, Battery Creek, Sr.
139 tackles, 6 sacks, 12 TFL
Comment: All-region selection was also a receiving threat at tight end.
LB: Michael Meyerink, Bluffton, Sr.
121 tackles, 25 TFL, 7 sacks, 3 FF, 8 QB hurries
Comment: Meyerink led the Bobcats in tackles and in the process earned the team's Iron Cat award.
LB: T.J. Watts, Beaufort High, Sr.
154 tackles, 10 TFL, 1 sack, 1 INT, 2 blocked kicks, 3 FF, 3 FR
Comment: All-region selection with sideline-to-sideline capability who coaches thought might have deserved more statewide recognition.
DB: Chavonne Simmons, Whale Branch, Sr.
27 tackles, 5 INT, 9 PBU, 1 FR, 1 defensive TD
Comment: Pick-6 highlighted season for Region 5-A Defensive Back of the Year.
DB: Jordan Clegg, Beaufort High, Sr.
74 tackles, 4 INT
Comment: 5-11, 175-pound safety came out of nowhere to earn all-region honors.
DB: Raheem Cooper, Battery Creek, Jr.
82 tackles, 5 INTs, KO return for TD
Comment: All-region selection a threat at receiver and in the return game.
DB: Tre Robinson, Ridgeland-Hardeeville, Jr.
52 tackles, 7 INT
Comment: Robinson bloomed as a senior, matching the Jaguars' team total for interceptions last season.
P: Jordan Bates, Beaufort High, Jr.
20 punts, 789 yards, 39.5 average
Comment: 6-2, 165-pound junior took over for Stephen Baggett and excelled.
FIRST TEAM ALL-PURPOSE
ATH: Jae Middleton, Bluffton, Sr.
3 INT, 24 yard avg., 2 TD on KOR, 18.4 avg on PR, 308 rush yds, 2 TD, 10 catches, 241 yds, 1 TD
Comment: Middleton's impact was felt all over the field, as he received significant playing time in all three phases of the game, including recording three interceptions in just four games while starting at corner.
ATH: Yuneek Crittendon, Battery Creek, Sr.
169 carries, 1,346 rush yds, 16 TDs
Comment: Senior's halfback pass became a go-to play in the clutch.
SECOND TEAM OFFENSE
QB: Brad Meccariello, Hilton Head Christian, Sr.
1,127 pass yards, 12 TD, 10 INT, 128 carries for 1,086 rush yds, 12 TD, 9 INT on defense
RB: Teron Daley, Hilton Head Prep, Sr.
150 carries, 1,804 rush yds, 26 TD, 2,084 all-purpose yds
RB: Deo'Vonte Doe, Hilton Head Christian, Sr.
212 carries, 1,765 rush yds, 25 TD, 10 rec. for 168 yds, 3 TD
WR: Gerald Roberson, Bluffton, Sr.
516 rec. yds, 4 TD, 376 rush yds., 7 TD, KOR avg. 25.1 yds.
WR: Noah Sulek, Hilton Head Prep, Jr.
33 rec., 550 yds., 10 TD, 502 yds. on KOR, 33 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 INT
OL: Seth Priester, Battery Creek, Jr.
80.6 percent blocking average, 19 knockdowns, 15 pancakes
OL: Casser Middleton, Whale Branch, Sr.
84 percent season grade, 11 pancake blocks
OL: Alex Copeland, Beaufort High, Sr.
OL: Brodie Etheridge, Thomas Heyward, Sr.
61 tackles, 5 sacks, 8 TFL from the linebacker position
OL: Michael Reyes, Battery Creek, Jr.
82 percent blocking average, 12 knockdowns, 11 pancakes
TE: Jack Aerni, Bluffton, Jr.
35 rec., 417 yds, 11.9 avg., 7 TD
K: Savannah Reier, Hilton Head High, Soph.
32 of 36 XP, 4 of 6 FG, long of 38
SECOND TEAM DEFENSE
DL: K.J. Ford, Bluffton, Sr.
44 tackles, 10 TFL, 2 sacks, 1 FR, 2 PBU, 2 QB hurries
DL: Eric Freeman, Battery Creek, Jr.
87 tackles, 18 TFL, 9 sacks
DL: Jeffery Gadson, Ridgeland-Hardeeville, Sr.
76 tackles, 13 TFL, 6 sacks
DL: Michael Ruth, Hilton Head High, Jr.
61 tackles, 20 TFL, 5 sacks, 7 QB hurries, 1 FF, 3 FR, 4 PBU
LB: Craven Howard, Ridgeland-Hardeeville, Jr.
126 tackles, 11 TFL, 2 sacks, INT for TD
LB: Andrew Smyth, Beaufort High, Jr.
100 tackles, 4 TFL
LB: Jason Senn, Beaufort High, Jr.
82 tackles, 9 TFL, 3 INT
DB: Jawan Mack, Beaufort High, Jr.
DB: Zenon Parker, Hilton Head Prep, Jr.
DB: Malcolm Simmons, Beaufort High, Jr.
66 tackles, 1 TFL, 2 INT
DB: Alex Waddell, Bluffton, Sr.
39 tackles, 1 TFL, 1 PBU, 2 FF, 3 INT
P: Cole Gardocki, Hilton Head Prep, Sr.
11 punts, 430 yds., 39.1 avg.
SECOND TEAM ALL-PURPOSE
Reyn Robinson, Beaufort Academy, Jr.
254 carries, 2,855 yds, 11.24 avg., 28 TD, 12 rec., 374 yds., 5 TD, 393 KOR yds., 2 TD
Seth Jones, Thomas Heyward, Sr.
1,405 rush yds., 14 TD, 404 rec. yds, 6 TD, 254 punt return yds., 1 TD, 71 tackles, 5 TFL, 4 sacks
Battery Creek: RB Tyrone Dilbert, LB Jason Green, QB/K Zach Mahan
Beaufort Academy: OL Brandon Massalon
Beaufort High: QB Ben Vaigneur, RB Jeffrey Tookes, DB A.J. Smalls, DL Jonathan Hill
Bluffton: QB/DB Terrance Heyward, FB B.J. Hill, RB/DB LaQuan Washington, DB Herbert Daise
Hilton Head Christian: LB Luke Higgs
Hilton Head Island: LB Chase Rinehart, DB Nick Cooper, RB/WR Tyler Hamilton
Hilton Head Prep: QB/LB Tyler Fox, LB/OL Logan Mallett, LB Keylan Hanna
Ridgeland-Hardeeville: QB D.J. Myers
Thomas Heyward Academy: OL/DL Sam Thompson
Whale Branch: LB Shaun Harley, LB Stephon Eugene, DE Treyvon Bryan