As we have mentioned time and time again, our greatest joy in running SC Pigskin Prep.Com is the opportunity we are afforded to meet many of the great athletes that play on Friday Nights. It is even more special when you watch a player start as freshmen and mature and progress as a player and a young man and when that player is part of your favorite school's, well you just can't help but feel excited for him.
It is a very special to see one of the Dorman Cavaliers bring his game up to a level where he is now considered one of the Top 5 High School players in the Palmetto State and it is great to say I knew him when. For me that player is Kendrick Lynch the talented RB, WR and Corner Back for the Dorman Cavaliers.
Starting as a freshman and playing beyond his years, Kendrick has been an amazing player for the Cavaliers and the 2002 season was no difference. In a head to head match up against the Demetrius Summers and the Lexington Wildcats to start the season, Kendrick showed why he is highly thought of by outgaining and outscoring the High School All American from Lexington. For the game Kendrick finished with over 300 yards total offense, 2 touchdowns rushing including a 90 yard scamper and another touchdown receiving on what can only be described as a play that defied gravity and all logic.
His junior year saw play that had many of the experts declaring him among the best high school players in the state regardless of his age and had many college coaches lining up to catch a glimpse of this superstar. For the season, Kendrick finished with 1380 yards on just 139 carries averaging almost 10 yards per carry and 16 touchdowns. He also caught another 12 passes worth 231 yards and 6 touchdowns. All this was done despite being called on to go both ways for the Cavaliers including covering many of the top wideouts in the state including Terrell Allen from Byrnes, Antwan Suratt from Spartanburg and Brooks Foster from Boiling Springs.
The highlight of the 2002 season for Kendrick came in the Byrnes game during the early goings. After a 2 hour delay to start the game, Kendrick came out with a bang and scored 2 touchdowns on his first 3 carries of the game staking Dorman to a 14-3 lead.
The 74 yard and 71 yard touchdowns had the Cavalier faithful buzzing as Kendrick ran through the Rebel defense and on the second touchdown run, he broke over 12 tackle attempts to score the go ahead touchdown. Kendrick finished the game with 191 yards rushing and 2 touchdowns marking the 7th times he went over the 100 yard rushing mark. For the season, he finished with eleven 100 yard games and over 1800 yards total offense. For his career Lynch has now surpassed the 3000 yard total offense category and looks to add to that total in 2003.
Kendrick is a naturally gifted athlete who can play a variety of positions. His strength is his speed, ability to hit an opening quickly, and avoid the defense while making make would be tacklers miss. During his freshman and sophomore year Lynch lined up at Wide Receiver, in the Slot and on defense he also played the Corner Back position. He also handled the kickoff and punt return duty. To start his junior year last season, Dorman head coach Dave Gutshall knew that Lynch had to touch the ball at least 20 times a game and the best way to do that was to line up in the backfield. The result was a 7 game Dorman winning streak to start the season and the #1 ranking in the state.
As 2003 approaches, the Cavaliers are looking to improve on a disappointing 8-4 record. 2002 marked the first time that Dorman had not made the state semi finals since 1997 and the Cavaliers are looking to return for a deep run into the playoffs. Leading the way will be their all state RB and WR, Kendrick Lynch.
As far as college plans and the future, Kendrick is working hard on his academics and studies and with the support of the Dorman administration as well as friends and family; Kendrick has made remarkable progress and is to be commended for his work. Currently he has not publicly mentioned any favorite but Lynch was the guest of Coach Bobby Bowden and the Florida St. Seminoles last season for a late season game against Notre Dame and has also mentioned his love of Coach Holtz and the South Carolina Gamecocks.
The 2003 season looks to be very special for the Cavaliers and Kendrick Lynch. A strong start to the season will have the scouts out at the New Dorman Stadium and Kendrick at the top of everyone's wish list.
We wish Kendrick and Dorman the best of luck in 2003.