Well, here we are. The last RBC Heritage Player of the Week ballot of the season.
With just two regular-season games remaining this week and the SCISA playoffs starting up, we’ll shift gears and recognize the area’s top performers in another manner, but this is it for the voting. And we have saved one outstanding crop of nominees for last.
They say defense wins championships, and there’s a whole lot of defense on this list – some of it from guys we’ve seen big things from all season and some from offensive standouts who are playing both ways down the stretch to help their teams lock up playoff spots or region titles.
Another busy week and some missing stats combined to put me behind schedule, so we’ll again extend the voting into Friday. Cast your ballot by noon Friday and we’ll announce the winner before kickoff.
The nominees are:
• BHS DL Jacob Anderson: 7 tackles, 2 TFL, blocked FG in 34-13 win vs. Colleton County
• BHS RB James Dagin: 76 yards, 2 TDs on seven carries; 4 catches for 54 yards, TD in 34-13 win vs. Colleton County
• BA RB De’Shaun Epps: 86 yards, 2 TDs on three carries; 53-yard PR-TD in 34-0 win vs. Patrick Henry
• MRHS DL Roderick Grant: 13 tackles, 3 TFL in 35-14 win vs. Wade Hampton
• BLHS K Evan Hayes: 2-2 PAT, 3-3 FG in 29-18 win vs. Hilton Head High
• RHHS WR/LB Brandon Howard: 4 catches, 75 yards, TD; 6 tackles, 2 INTs, 4 PBUs in 40-18 win vs. Lake Marion
• HHP TE Carson King: 7 catches, 90 yards, TD in 35-19 win vs. Hilton Head Christian
• BA LB Edward McCormick: 17 tackles, 3.5 TFL, 1.5 sacks; 34 yards, TD on two carries in 34-0 win vs. Patrick Henry
• HHP QB/DB Stone McDonald: 19-for-27 passing, 257 yards, TD; 100 yards, 2 TDs on 14 carries; 6 tackles, INT, 2 PBUs in 35-19 win vs. Hilton Head Christian
• MRHS RB Brandon Morales: 163 yards, 3 TDs on 32 carries in 35-14 win vs. Wade Hampton
• BLHS DL Ronald Reid: 10 tackles, 6 TFL, sack in 29-18 win vs. Hilton Head High
• RHHS QB/DB Jertaveon Smalls: 7-for-11 passing, 112 yards; 183 yards, 3 TDs on 12 carries; 2 tackles, 2 INTs, 2 PBUs in 40-18 win vs. Lake Marion
Voting closes at noon ET on Friday, Nov. 2
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