While you’re here to vote for the RBC Heritage Player of the Week — and, boy, are some of y’all voting early and often (wink, wink) — let’s also throw a little love to the oft-forgotten fellas who bang helmets in the trenches or toil in relative anonymity on defense and special teams.
These are the guys who don’t have the eye-popping numbers but make just as big of an impact. Maybe they laid the blocks that helped their teammates put up those big stats, or maybe they made the plays on defense or special teams that helped their team hold on for a big win.
Let’s recognize the Unsung Heroes from Week 1 of the high school football season.
• Jacob Anderson, BHS: Senior collected seven tackles, including two tackles for loss, and blocked a field goal that was returned for the go-ahead score in a 35-21 win over A.C. Flora
• Jordan Barrow, MRHS: Senior linebacker racked up 11 tackles, including two tackles for loss, in a 34-6 win over Memorial Day
• Evan Brazil, THA: Rebels’ top lineman helped pave the way for 353 rushing yards in 33-21 win at Hilton Head Christian
• Will Kelley, BHS: Senior linebacker made 10 tackles to anchor Eagles’ defense in 35-21 win over A.C. Flora
• Chris Lyons, WBECHS: Senior defensive end collected three sacks and a tackle for loss and forced a fumble in a 31-9 win over Battery Creek
• Keegan Monahan, HHCA: Senior lineman made nine tackles (two for loss) and had a QB pressure and a blocked PAT in 33-21 loss to Thomas Heyward
• Ronald Reid, BLHS: Senior defensive end anchored the d-line with 14 tackles (one for loss) in 31-30 loss at Screven County
• Elijah Thompson, HHIHS: Junior linebacker was a beast with 11 tackles, four sacks, and a blocked punt in 43-14 win over Savannah High
• Jaylon Thompson, BLHS: Senior linebacker made eight tackles before leaving with a dislocated elbow in 31-30 loss at Screven County
• Ben Viljac, HHCA: Senior made 10 tackles (three for loss) and recovered a fumble to help keep Eagles in their 33-21 loss to Thomas Heyward