In a few hours, we’ll announce the final RBC Heritage Player of the Week of the regular season, but as we have done every week prior, we’ll first shine the spotlight on the players who aren’t on that ballot but still came up big for their teams on Friday night.
These are the guys whose contributions don’t always show up in the box score, but they absolutely help their teams end up in the “W” column.
They are the warriors in the trenches, the defensive stoppers, the two-way standouts, and the special teams contributors. We call them the Unsung Heroes presented by Candor USA, and here they are for Week 10:
Jace Blackshear, HHCA — Blackshear had two big kickoff returns, including a 75-yard touchdown, caught two passes for 53 yards, and his downfield blocking was critical in a 48-19 win over Hilton Head Prep.
Nate Deas, Nick Magnin, Kyle Deir, Conrad Alford, Alfred Young, HHIHS — We have to give a shoutout to the entire offensive line that paved the way for 270 rushing yards and 489 total yards in a 28-10 win over Bluffton.
Kaedin Grissom, BHS — Defensive back had six tackles (two for loss) to aid a second-half shutout in a 31-21 win at Colleton County that clinched the Region 7-4A title.
Evan Hayes, BLHS — Bobcats’ senior kicker made a 42-yard field goal in a 28-10 loss at Hilton Head High, tying DJ Chappelear’s school record with 16 career field goals.
Jaylen Roberts, WB — Defensive end had five tackles (two for loss) and a sack in a 38-0 win over Battery Creek.
Henry Tome, WB — After missing his first PAT of the night, Tome bounced back to boot a pair of field goals (34 and 35 yards) and two more extra points in a 38-0 win over Battery Creek.
James Townsend, RHHS — Sophomore defensive back collected seven tackles, forced one fumble and recovered two, and had two pass breakups in a 28-22 win over Lake Marion that clinched a spot in the playoffs.
William Tumlin, BA — Being a receiver on a run-heavy team can be tough, but Tumlin had five catches for 79 yards with three touchdowns and a two-point conversion, and he added a PAT and a tackle in a 59-12 win over Patrick Henry in the season finale.
Malik White, RHHS — Had four pancake blocks on offense and six tackles (three for loss) on defense in a 28-22 win over Lake Marion that clinched a playoff berth.
Todd Youngdahl, BHS — The Eagles’ kickoff specialist hit two beautiful pooch kicks that the Cougars were unable to handle, leading to critical second-half turnovers in a 31-21 win at Colleton County.