At the start of the season, you fine folks had a real knack for picking RBC Heritage Player of the Week winners. Every week, it seemed, your collective vote was putting someone over the top.
Lately, you haven’t been as much of a bellwether … until now.
The fans — presumably most of them Hilton Head Christian Academy fans — put their weight behind Jackson “Bulldog” Lanier this week, giving him a healthy 22.18% of the vote after a monster game in which he racked up 16 tackles (one for loss) in a 23-7 win over Greenwood Christian. Lanier edged Hilton Head Prep’s Tyrone Calloway (16%) and May River’s Donovan Ling (15.09%).
As we waited for the votes to roll in from our panel, though, it was unclear whether that would be enough to give “Bulldog” the top honors.
The first vote went to HHCA teammate JP Peduzzi, the next to Whale Branch quarterback Jaylen Reeves. I elected to caucus with the Reeves coalition, impressed by his 200-yard rushing game in teammate De’Arius Hazel’s absence, and it seemed that might be enough to get the job done.
Another vote went to May River’s Ahmad Green, who had a big game on the ground and through the air in a win over Swansea.
But that last vote was for the Bulldog.
That tied Lanier and Reeves, and as always, the fan vote serves as the tiebreaker. Power to the people.
So, by virtue of your support, Bulldog is your RBC Heritage Player of the Week, beating out a number of imminently qualified candidates.
Congrats to Jackson Lanier, Jaylen Reeves, and all the nominees. Here’s to hoping we have enough big-time performances from area players to justify doing it again next week.
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