Meet the 2019 Station 300 All-Lowco Football Team

Today is one of our favorite — and most dreaded — days of the year.

It’s one of our favorites because we release the 2019 Station 300 All-Lowco Football Team, honoring the top high school football players in Beaufort and Jasper counties. It’s an action that goes directly to our mission of celebrating the Lowcountry’s teams and athletes.

It’s one of our most dreaded because of the crippling fear that we’re somehow getting it wrong. 

With one state champion, one state runner-up, a Lower State finalist, and two other teams that advanced past the first round of the playoffs, it goes without saying that there were plenty of outstanding performers across the Lowcountry in 2019. 

Narrowing the list to the area’s top 114 players — 27 on the first team, 25 on the second team, and 52 honorable mention — was no easy task. Coaches submitted their nominations, and a combination of statistics and coaches’ assessments of both their own players and opponents weighed heavily in determining which players made the cut. Factor in the challenge of comparing players from various leagues ranging from SCHSL Class 4A to SCISA 8-Man, and the exercise becomes even more daunting. 

There were many difficult decisions, and you are sure to disagree with some of them. Just remember, in order to add a player to any list, you have to take one off. In many cases, it is an exercise in splitting hairs. For example, a total of 13 offensive linemen were nominated for the first team by their coaches. Only five can make the first team, and five can make the second. That means three first-team nominees received honorable mention.

It is agonizing to make those decisions, but we try our hardest to get it as close to right as possible. At any rate, every player listed below is worthy of accolades.

Without further ado, here is the 2019 Station 300 All-Lowco Football Team.

Note: Players named to the first and second teams will be honored at the All-Lowco Football Awards Brunch from 9-11 a.m. on Jan. 18 at British Open Pub in Bluffton, where the winners Coach of the Year and Offensive Player of the Year awards presented by Uniform Work & Sports and the Defensive Player of the Year award presented by Billy Wood Appliance will be announced. First- and second-team honorees and head coaches will be treated to brunch at no charge. Others may purchase tickets at at the door for $6, but please register your intentions to attend, as space is limited.


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FIRST TEAM OFFENSE

QB*Ahmad Green, MRHS | 5-10, 165, Jr.
Our 2018 Offensive Player of the Year finished second in the Lowco in rushing (1,390 yards, 23 TDs) and passed for 1,212 yards with 12 TDs and 4 INTs
QB*Hayden Shinn, HHCA | 6-2, 195, Sr.
Prolific passer threw for 3,662 yards with 50 TDs and 15 INTs and led the Eagles with 834 rushing yards and 10 TDs
RBJames Dagin, BHS | 5-10, 165, Sr.
North-South pick rushed for 1,035 yards (103.5 per game) and 10 TDs to help lead the Eagles to a region title
RB*JR Patterson, THA | 5-7, 175, Jr.
Rebels’ star led the Lowco with 1,480 rushing yards and scored 10 TDs (9 rush)
RB/WRDaniel Harrington, HHCA | 5-11, 180, Sr.
Versatile slotback caught 57 balls for 952 yards and 11 TDs and rushed for 285 yards (7.9 per carry) and 6 TDs
WRJP Peduzzi, HHCA | 6-1, 175, Jr.
Led the Lowco in receptions (60), receiving yards (1,078), and receiving TDs (17)
WRRakim White, BLHS | 6-5, 175, Sr.
North-South selection snagged 45 passes for 930 yards and 9 TDs in just nine games for the Bobcats and was the Lowco’s most dangerous return man
OLKailin Prescott Ferguson, MRHS | 5-10, 280, Sr.
“Big Man” anchored the Sharks’ dominant offensive line, which paved the way for more than 250 rushing yards per game
OLCaleb Hagood, BHS | 6-2, 235, Sr.
Top offensive lineman helped the Eagles’ offense find its way to a region title running the option
OLDalton Hayes, THA | 6-3, 260, Sr.
Hard-nosed right tackle was one of several standouts on Rebels’ dominant offensive line
OLTheophilus Mitchell, WB | 6-2, 235, Sr.
Top lineman on unit that opened holes for the Warriors’ powerful ground game
OLJeremiah Orr, RHHS | 6-6, 305, Sr.
Jaguars’ monster tackle has interest from several Power 5 programs
*OFFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR FINALIST

FIRST TEAM DEFENSE

DLJarius Gordon, THA | 6-0, 260, Sr.
Disruptive force for the Rebels with 97 tackles, 20 tackles for loss, and eight sacks
DL*Rod Grant, MRHS | 5-10, 215, Sr.
Dominating presence in the trenches with 124 tackles, 33 tackles for loss, and seven sacks for strong Sharks defense
DLEamon Smalls, BHS | 6-2, 300, Fr.
Eagles’ run stopper had an outstanding freshman campaign with 47 tackles, nine tackles for loss, and three sacks, setting the stage for a monster career in high school and beyond
DL*Brandon Wilson, BCHS | 6-1, 245, Sr.
Georgia Southern signee didn’t see much action to his side of the field but still 48 tackles, 10 sacks, nine tackles for loss, and three fumble recoveries
LBJacQuez Frazier, WB | 5-10, 210, Sr.
One of the leaders of a strong Warriors defense with team-high 127 tackles, eight tackles for loss, and two sacks
LBEli Hall, MRHS | 6-0, 225, Jr.
One of the Lowco’s hardest-hitting defenders flies to the ball, resulting in a Lowco-best 190 tackles, 11 tackles for loss, three sacks, and four fumble recoveries
LBDe’Arius Hazel, WB | 5-9, 195, Sr.
Two-way star for the Warriors was a monster on D with 95 tackles, four tackles for loss, and two sacks before season-ending injury
LBJackson Lanier, HHCA | 5-8, 160, Soph.
“Bulldog” was undersized at linebacker even in SCISA but still racked up 153 tackles, 13 tackles for loss, and two sacks for state runners-up
LB/DB*Cole DeMarzo, HHIHS | 6-3, 205, Sr.
Michigan State signee finished with 102 tackles, eight tackles for loss, three sacks, two interceptions, 10 pass breakups, and two forced fumbles in hybrid role
DBTerry Fields, MRHS | 6-1, 185, Sr.
Middle Tennessee commit racked up 90 tackles, three picks, eight pass breakups, and two forced fumbles while also making huge contributions on offense and special teams
DBSteffin Gadson, MRHS | 5-11, 160, Jr.
Sharks’ safety racked up 118 tackles, three tackles for loss, a Lowco-best six picks, and nine pass breakups for a strong secondary
DBChristian Miller, HHIHS | 5-10, 185, Sr.
One of the state’s top uncommitted seniors had 47 tackles, three interceptions, and a Lowco-best 16 pass breakups
*DEFENSIVE PLAYER OF THE YEAR FINALIST

FIRST TEAM SPECIALISTS

KBryce Summers, MRHS | 5-7, 160, Sr.
His right foot was a weapon for the Sharks, as he led all Lowco kickers with 84 points, going 63-of-68 on PATs and 7-of-9 on field goals
PJacob Weaver, HHIHS | 5-10, 165, Sr.
Also an outstanding place kicker, two-time First-Team All-Lowco pick led the area in punting average (46.9 yards) for a second straight year
All-PurposeBruzza Pusha, THA | 6-2, 190, Jr.
Did it all for the Rebels’ offense — rushing (669 yards, 7 TDs), receiving (29 receptions, 689 yards, 9 TDs), and passing (230 yards 3 TDs, 1 INT) — and added 42 tackles, five tackles for loss, and two interceptions on defense

SECOND TEAM OFFENSE

QBGaston Moore, HHIHS | 6-2, 190, Sr.
Second in the Lowco in passing yards (2,016) and TDs (20) with just four interceptions in 253 attempts
RBDonovan Ling, MRHS | 6-1, 185, Sr.
Racked up 1,086 yards and 10 TDs running behind Sharks’ dominant O-line
RBJoe Robinson, RHHS | 5-8, 175, Soph.
Bright spot for the Jags’ offense with 1,151 rushing yards (127.9 per game) and 7 TDs
RBJohn Clark Tilton, THA | 5-7, 145, Sr.
Big-play threat rushed for 1,021 yards and 6 TDs, averaging over 10 yards per carry
WRJace Blackshear, HHCA | 5-11, 160, Soph.
Eagles’ third option was a major threat with 39 catches for 608 yards and 10 TDs
WRTommy Stauffer, HHP | 5-8, 160, Jr.
Versatile contributor led the Dolphins with 669 rushing yards and six TDs, added 40 catches for 537 yards and two scores, and was a big-play threat in the return game
OLGarrett Bonneville, MRHS | 6-3, 275, Jr.
Key contributor on Sharks’ dominant offensive line
OLTherion Cannon, THA | 6-3, 240, Jr.
Hot college prospect already has one D1 offer with many more expected to come
OLTerence Wilson, BHS | 6-3, 260, Jr.
Helped Eagles rush for 237 yards per game en route to region title
OLAlfred Young, HHIHS | 6-3, 270, Sr.
Seahawks’ top lineman is blossoming into major college prospect
OLMoxon Zehr, MRHS | 6-4, 285, Jr.
JPII transfer helped offensive line reload for another deep playoff run

SECOND TEAM DEFENSE

DLKent Camp, HHCA | 5-11, 160, Jr.
Eagles’ noseguard racked up 105 tackles, 15 tackles for loss, six sacks, and three forced fumbles
DLCarson King, HHP | 6-3, 235, Jr.
Opponents avoided King’s side of the field, but he still finished second on the team in tackles (54)
DLShamar Hamilton, BCHS | 5-11, 245, Sr.
Nice complement to first-teamer Brandon Wilson on Dolphins’ solid defensive line
DLAlvin Wilson, BHS | 6-1, 215, Soph.
Collected eight tackles for loss and four sacks among his 43 tackles
LBBrandon Howard, RHHS | 5-10, 210, Soph.
Led the Jags in tackles (72) and added one sack, three forced fumbles, and five pass breakups
LBMalachai Dougherty, MRHS | 6-2, 215, Jr.
Piled up 133 tackles and eight tackles for loss for the Sharks
LBJaylen Sneed, HHIHS | 6-1, 190, Soph.
Future big-time recruit had 76 tackles — 18 for loss — with four sacks, four pass breakups, two forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries and a pick
LBKade Carpenter, MRHS | 5-10, 170, Soph.
Compiled 75 tackles, 10 tackles for loss, and three sacks for Class 3A Lower State finalist
DBMichael Sunkins, MRHS | 5-10, 140, Soph.
Emerged as a solid playmaker in the Sharks’ secondary with 70 tackles, two tackles for loss, six pass breakups, a pick, and three fumble recoveries
DBJames Townsend, RHHS | 5-6, 135, Soph.
Quick corner led the Jags’ secondary with 45 tackles, 16 pass breakups, one pick, one forced fumble, and three fumble recoveries
DBJaden Jenkins, WB | 5-11, 165, Sr.
Only made 26 tackles because he didn’t give up many catches, racking up five picks and 10 pass breakups

SECOND TEAM SPECIALISTS

KEvan Hayes, BLHS | 6-0, 175, Sr.
Last year’s first-team kicker had another outstanding season, going 21-of-24 on PATs and 4-of-7 on field goals, including a 42-yard boot
PUriel Zarracan, BLHS | 5-10, 170, Sr.
Soccer star averaged 37 yards per kick for Bobcats
All-PurposeDaniel Phares, BHS | 6-1, 185, Jr.
Rushed for 505 yards and 6 TDs and passed for 321 yards with four TDs and two picks after taking over at QB midseason — and still finished as the team’s leading receiver

HONORABLE MENTION

DJ Aiken, BLHSLee Kirkland, BLHS
Conrad Alford, HHIHSNick Magnin, HHIHS
Jaeon Allen, BCHSHenry Manley, BHS
Jacove Anderson, BCHSBen Marler, MRHS
Reco Anderson, JPIIStone McDonald, HHP
Luke Bond, BLHSAustin McIntosh, JPII
Tre Booth, BCHSEly Mitchell, THA
Lavarus Brown, HHIHSSean Morris, MRHS
Tre’von Brown, BLHSJaylen Reeves, WB
Xavier Chaplin, WBAaron Rhode, WB
Dawson Coleman, BAJaylen Roberts, WB
Elijah Dean, BCHSKevin Rogers, BA
Darryl DePass, BHSDean Seelbach, HHIHS
Xavier Dykstra, BLHSKylan Simmons, BLHS
Evan Elliott, HHIHSEvan Slusne, JPII
Elijah Fess, BALouie Smith, THA
Joshua Fields, WBMalakai Steiniger, BA
Billy Fletcher, BLHSToby Strawderman, BHS
JaHiem Fripp, WBCameron Strickland, HHCA
Melik Frost, MRHSJulian Suaza, BLHS
Kaedin Grissom, BHSKy’Juan Swinton, RHHS
Wyatt Haroutunian, HHPElijah Thompson, HHIHS
Burak Henderson, HHPWilliam Tumlin, BA
John Hewlett, THAJacob Union, BA
Eli Hickey, HHIHSTrevor Weldon, HHP
Joseph Hicks, WBToshane Whittingham, MRHS
Josh Horton, JPIIChase Wilfong, BLHS
Kyseem Jabbar, BCHSEllis Williams, BCHS
Christian Jackson, HHCAKendrick Williams, BHS
Amar Jenkins, WBWilliam Winburn, BHS
Malachi Jones, RHHSJeremiah Young, JPII

SELECTIONS BY SCHOOL

School1st2ndHMTOTAL
MRHS76417
HHIHS33713
BHS33612
BLHS12912
WB31812
THA4239
BCHS1168
HHCA4228
HHP0246
RHHS1326
BA0066
JPII0055

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