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All-Area football teams salutes county's top players

Posted: February 28, 2013 1:35 p.m.
Updated: March 1, 2013 5:00 a.m.

While last fall’s win totals may not have been what Kershaw County football fans are accustomed to, there were many solid individual performances turned in by players.
Here is the 2012 Chronicle-Independent Coaches All-Area Football Team as decided by the four head coaches in the county. The C-I does not have a vote in the process.

Offense

Shon Belton, Lugoff-Elgin, Jr. - Was second on the Demons with 617 rushing yards and a team-best nine  touchdown runs. He also threw for 460 yards and three touchdowns.
Jalen McCaskill, Lugoff-Elgin Sr. – Closed his three-year Demon career by running for 770 yards with eight carries for touchdowns.
Brandon Hampton, Camden, Jr. – Rushed for 473 yards and three touchdowns on 99 carries in his first season as a starter. Topped the 100-yard mark in games with Lugoff-Elgin and Chapin.
Tristan McCathern, North Central, Jr. – Started the season as a backup quarterback, but turned out to be a starting tailback. McCathern piled up a team-best 641 rushing yards and nine touchdowns despite missing more than three games with an injury.
Zac Ruffalo, Lugoff-Elgin, Sr. – A returning starter who helped anchor an offensive line which  cleared the way for an offense which averaged nearly 400 yards per game.
Jamey Vaughn, Lugoff-Elgin, Sr. - Was a tough player on the interior front for an L-E offense which did a majority of its damage on the ground to the tune of more than 215 yards per outing.
Dennis Stevens, North Central, Sr. – The heart and soul of the Knights’ front line and led the team with more than 20 pancake blocks fron his guard position. Stevens is headed to play his college ball at Newberry College next season.
T.J. Love, North Central, Sr. – A three-year starter, Love helped forge the way for a Knight offense which averaged nearly 320 yards per game. Was also part of a unit which kept quarterback Grayson King upright for but a handful of sacks in 2012.
Delton Bradford, Camden, Jr. – At 6-foot-4, 300 pounds, Bradford started the season on the offensive line before proving to be a stopper in the middle at defensive tackle for the Bulldogs.
Mauric James, Camden, Jr. – The 6-foot-2, 260-pounder overcame an off-season injury to become, possibly, Camden’s most consistent offensive lineman in 2012.
Cole Marrulo, Camden Military Academy, Sr. – The Spartans were light on players with experience this past season, but Marrulo was a player who gave the offense a sense of grit and direction with his playing and leadership skills.
J.P. Faulkenberry, North Central, Sr. – After two missed seasons with alternating injuries to each knee, the 6-foot-4 Faulkenberry enjoyed an injury free senior campaign. A big target, he had 22 catches for 278 yards and a touchdown with a pair of two-point grabs.
Dontrell Miller, Camden, Jr. – Caught 33 passes for 413 yards and three touchdowns which rushing for another 157 and a touchdown. Was also a threat returning punts and kickoffs.
Cedric Cook, Camden, Sr. – The team’s fastest player, Cook led the Bulldogs in receiving for the second straight season with 36 grabs for 667 yards and eight touchdowns. Also had a 66-yard punt return for a touchdown.
Anthony Spinelli, North Central, Sr. – The 5-foot-7 wide out was especially adept at coming up with catches over the middle and in traffic. Led the Knights in receiving yardage with 689 on 40 catches with six for touchdowns with a long grab of 55 yards.
Austin Furman, North Central, Sr. – Furman gave NC size and speed at wide receiver and was a big-play threat. Had a county-high 51 catches and gained 526 yards with three trips into the end zone.
Josh Council, Camden, Sr. – Passed for  1,432 yards and 13 touchdowns and ran for another 378 yards with three scoring jaunts. Had what it thought to be a school-record 485 yards in total offense and six scoring passes in a loss to A.C. Flora.
Grayson King, North Central, Sr. – A third-year full-time starter at quarterback, King improved in all facets of the game. He threw for 1,645 yards and 12 touchdowns. As a punter, he averaged  better than 30 yards per kick with seven landing inside the opponents’ 20 yard line.
Robert Frame, Lugoff-Elgin, Sr. - Frame turned into a valuable weapon for the Demons with his leg. He knocked through 21 extra point attempts while booting a 40-yard field goal. He also averaged better than 31 yards per punt.

Defense

Marcus Williams, Camden, Sr. – A multi-talented player, Williams was a linebacker who was moved to the defensive front to take advantage of his strength and quickness which gave offensive lines fits. Led the Dogs in sacks.
Warren Moseley, North Central, Jr. – An undersized defensive end whom NC head coach Louis Clyburn compared to his former Camden High teammate, Shawn Elliott. Moseley has a motor which keeps on running and has the ability to track down the football and not stop until he gets to the ball carrier.
Allen Jenerette, Lugoff-Elgin, Sr. – A relentless force on the outside as an end for the Demons after having been switched from linebacker. Battled through injuries to register 25 tackles with three sacks and six tackles for losses.
Adam Cassimjee, Lugoff-Elgin, Sr. – Teamed with Jenerette to give the Demons a pair of bookends on the outside. Finished his final high school campaign with 29 tackles including a pair of sacks and five stops behind the line of scrimmage.
Omar Mingo, Camden, Soph. – Won the starting job at outside linebacker during the season and  used his length to patrol the perimeter and collect more than 40 tackles.
Reggie Outten, North Central, Jr. – Did a little bit of everything for the Knights. On defense, he was a hard-hitting linebacker. Was also forced into duty as a running back and the 6-foot-1, 220-pounder responded by rushing for 245 yards and three touchdowns.
Illichris Gordon, Lugoff-Elgin, Jr. - A hard-hitting junior linebacker who led the Demons with 76 tackles with nine for loss of yardage. A speedy, hard-hitting player, he also forced a fumble while picking off a pass.
Chris Vazquez, North Central, Sr. – The team's hard-hitting safety, Vazquez was fearless in the secondary as the Knights’ last line of defense.
William Jenkins, North Central, Soph. – Not on the varsity roster at the start of the season, Jenkins became a jack of all trades, whether playing at linebacker or, tailback. With the ball in his hands, he rushed for 440 yards and five touchdowns and became the number one option there after McCathern’s injury.
Cody Owens, Camden Military Academy, Sr. – The lone returnee on that side of the football for CMA, Owens served as the leader of the Spartans’ defense and led the team in interceptions while also bringing toughness in the secondary.
Clarence Williams, North Central, Sr. – The recent Brevard College signee, the undersized Williams found a niche at cornerback as a senior after having played everywhere from quarterback to tailback to wide out to safety in his first three seasons. Had a pair of picks on defense and ran for 213 yards and two touchdowns while catching six passes for 82 yards and a score.
Vincent Stevenson, Lugoff-Elgin, Fr. - Was thrown into the fire of varsity competition as a starting cornerback. Stevenson rang up 30 tackles with six passes broken up and an interception.
Nelson Semple, Camden, Soph. – A fearless safety who,ended up being one of the team’s leading tacklers. Improved and became more comfortable in his surroundings as the season progressed.
Eli Burroughs, Lugoff-Elgin, Jr. – An athletic player in the secondary, Burroughs racked up 26 tackles while breaking up a pass and recording one tackle for loss.
Darius Smith, Camden, Soph. – Preserved the Dogs’ 21-20 win over Lakewood with an interception at his own 20 in the closing two minutes of the game. Also scored a touchdown as a running back in his first varsity game against Cheraw.

Honorable Mention

Camden High: Chase Truesdale (Soph. , TE), Jerel Holloman (Sr., WR), D. J. Wilson (Soph., TE/WR), Hunter Rankin (Sr., OL), Jacob Kersey (Jr., OL)
Lugoff-Elgin: Dakota Jones (Soph., LB), Will Jones (Soph., OL), Evan O’Brian (Soph., OL), Kevin Fields (Jr., WR), Keenan Myers (Sr., WR), Derrick Miller (Sr., LB), Chris McManus (Sr., OL), Daniel Quattlebaum (Jr., WR/KOR), Gunnar Branham (Jr., LB)
North Central: Jay Williams (Sr., OL), Jonathan Ardis (Sr., OL/DL)

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