On the Road Again (to see the best of the best)

It seems like every time I speak with a friend that follows the Tigers or Gamecocks, the first question out of his mouth is have you seen so and so play or when are you going to watch this player.

It seems like every time I speak with a friend that follows the Tigers or Gamecocks, the first question out of his mouth is have you seen so and so play or when are you going to watch this player.

Basically I go to High School games to watch the games and the teams rather than a particular prospect. But at times the top players are gracing the field for the top teams and I have the opportunity to watch the best players in meaningful games. Of course as long as my beloved Dorman Cavaliers are playing a quality opponent, you will find me in my seats on the 50 rooting for the boys in blue.

However this year offers an abundance of talent around the state and ample opportunity to go out and watch the top players and support the high schools that they attend. For those of you that want to see all the Top Prospects, and then follow this schedule, get a good map, fill up the gas tanks and enjoy Friday Night Lights.

 

Week 0  --- August 24

Marlboro County at Clover

The first chance of the year to see Marlboro County All American QB Syvelle Newton. The Cadillac is the real deal and should start the season strong against Triple A Clover. The Clover Blue Eagles have a great prospect of their own in Ronnie McGill who will play DB and WR for the Eagles.

 

Week 1 --- August 31

Dorman at Lexington

Last season the only team to control Lexington RB Demetris Summers was the Cavaliers. In fact the Dorman D dominated Lexington and Summers to the tune of a 42-7 half time lead. Summers carried the ball 17 for just 58 yards and fumbled 4 times. This year Dorman returns a better D and should keep Summers at bay. This will be Summers toughest defensive competition all season as he tried to defeat Dorman for the first time ever after losing 3 times in 2 years.

Dorman will counter with a solid team led by QB Reggie Rice. Every Dorman QB since 1994 has earned a college scholarship. The most athletic player on the field and one of the top juniors in the state will be DB/WR Kendrick Lynch. A true difference maker, Lynch caught 54 passes for 980 and 8 TD and rushed for another 450 yards and 3 TD last season despite missing portions of 5 games.

 

Week 2 – September 6

Spartanburg at Independence

Probably the premier game in the state this season as the SC and NC defending 4A champs take to the field. Independence is led by All American QB Chris Leak and Spartanburg counters with QB Brandon Sims and WR Antwan Suratt. Both of these Vikings could prove to be big time recruits as the senior season progresses.

Berkeley at Fort Dorchester

The top in state game will feature super LB Ryan Brown for the Stags playing the Patriots from the Fort. QB Kenneth Rivers is also another player worth watching.

 Week 3 --- September 13

Marlboro County at Northwestern

Another classic match up between the Trojans and Bulldogs. Northwestern possesses one of the top defenses in the state and will challenge Newton all night long. Northwestern is led by Josh Beasley DL on the defense and Bobo Thompson at QB.

 

Week 4 --- September 20

Gaffney at Union

Union is flat loaded with prospects led by All American OL Eric Young. Young is by far the best OL in the state this season and a force to reckon with on the field. At WR for the Jackets is David Smith who has signed with USC. Smith caught 78 passes last season for 1300 yards and 15 TDs. The 78 catches were best in the state for any player. At LB is Curtis Rice, a playmaker who anchors the defense. The coaches at Union also are full of praise for Jamar Fleming at DL and Deon Glenn at LB. A surprise could also be Charles Brandon at WR.

Geeez……….. Union could beat the Panthers this season.

Gaffney is a young team but have the best WR that I have seen in years in Junior Sheldon Rice. It would not surprise me to see Gaffney as the No. 1 receiver in the Southeast next season as he is a special talent with unlimited potential.

 

Week 5 --- September 27

Stratford at Summerville

A Low Country classic pits these two rivals. Stratford invades the Waves with Running Back Rodney Kinlaw and OL BW Yates. Also keep an eye on Stratford WR Donnell Covington and Michael Smalls, both are great players who could move up the list. Summerville is led by QB Justin Lee as the Green Wave look to rebuild the program.

 

Week 6

Thursday October 3

Keenan at Dreher

A Thursday night game in Columbia allows fans to see OL Anthony McDaniel from Keenan and Tremaine Billie RB from Dreher in a listless match up of two average teams.

Friday October 4

Marlboro County at Orangeburg Wilkinson

Russell Hemby (QB Orangeburg Wilkinson) is one of the Top 10 players in the state and the #2 QB. Along with Newton (#1 QB), this is a rare opportunity to see the two premier QBs in South Carolina play against one another.

OW also is anchored by Raleigh Jackson at LB. Jackson has been offered by USC and is quickly moving up the charts in the eyes of recruiters. Watch for Bernard Galloway RB for Marlboro County to make an impact in 2002.

 

Friday October 11

Greenwood at Byrnes

This is not the same Greenwood team that has produced players like Williams, Hill, Hurley and others over the past few years but the Eagles are still talented and Coach Shell Dula develops talent like no other coach in the state.

Byrnes runs a spread offense with WRs all over the field. WR Terrell Allen will lead the Rebels and expects a big season with his blazing speed.

 


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