Earlier this week, we handed out the Week 1 LowcoSports.com High School Football Player of the Week award. Unsurprisingly, the four nominees included three running backs and a wide receiver.
It’s the nature of the sport that the guys who have quantifiable stats and score touchdowns are going to get most of the glory. But like reigning Player of the Week Zack Doe said after rushing for 305 yards and four touchdowns against Hilton Head Christian Academy, those stats don’t happen without the help of teammates who toil mostly in anonymity.
That’s why we’re going to take time every week to honor four “Unsung Heroes,” a feature devoted to giving the offensive linemen and defensive standouts their just rewards. Here’s the first batch of honorees:
• OL/DL Myles Pinckney, RHHS: The Jaguars racked up 337 total yards and average 8.3 yards per rush in a 12-8 win over Thomas Heyward in Week 1, and Pinckney’s blocking was a big reason for the success running the ball. He also recorded three tackles and three sacks on defense.
• OL/DL Mark Tigges, JP2: Tigges was an iron man for the Golden Warriors in a 26-20 double-OT win over Hilton Head Christian on Friday. He played every snap at center to aid Doe’s Player of the Week performance, and he racked up nine tackles and two sacks on defense.
• DT Isaiah Wilson, BHS: Wilson was the heart and soul of an outstanding defensive effort in Beaufort High’s 14-10 win over Wando in Week 1. He recorded four tackles and was the anchor of the defensive line that held the Warriors to 45 rushing yards.
• OL/DL Moxon Zehr, JP2: It’s tough to put two teammates on this list, but when you pave the way for a 300-yard rusher, you’ve earned it. Zehr graded out as the Golden Warriors’ best offensive lineman, and he had two tackles, a sack, and a key pass deflection at the line of scrimmage on defense.
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