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Seven KC players tabbed for Metro Bowl contest

Armstrong, Drakeford to coach in inaugural all-star game

Posted: November 5, 2018 3:09 p.m.
Updated: November 6, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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Jalyn Dubose (Camden)

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Seven Kershaw County football players and two coaches from have been selected to play and coach in the inaugural Metro Bowl, an all-star football game for senior high school players from the Columbia metropolitan region.

The East-West game will be played on Saturday, Dec. 22 at W.C. Hawkins Stadium on the campus of Irmo High School.

All Kershaw County players will be part of the East squad, coached by Fairfield Central head coach Demetrius Davis. Included on the East staff are North Central head football coach and former NFL cornerback Tyronne Drakeford and Lugoff-Elgin assistant coach/offensive line coach Mike Armstrong.

Both Camden and North Central had three players selected to the East squad. Representing Camden are safety Jalyn Dubose, quarterback Bryce Jeffcoat and offensive lineman Derrick Leonard. The trio of NC players were all picked to play defense. That threesome includes defensive lineman Tyreek Jenkins, linebacker Jamel Jones and defensive back Markell Portee. Representing Lugoff-Elgin is tailback/athlete Randall Brown.

Designed to provide senior football players with another opportunity to face off against each other and before Division II, III, NAIA and junior college coaches, the game will feature senior players from 38 public and private schools in the Midlands.

Each school was guaranteed of at least one player with Class 4A and 5A programs getting two. 

Through 10 games, Dubose (6-2, 205) is tied for the Bulldogs’ lead with two interceptions while leading the team with seven passes broken up. He is second on the team with 68 tackles including 32 solo stops.

Jeffcoat (6-0, 175) is in his second season as Camden’s starting quarterback. Through 10 games this year, he has completed 92 of his 144 pass attempts for 1,503 yards with 16 going for touchdowns. Jeffcoat has also carried the ball 44 times for 133 yards with a 28 yard touchdown run against Fort Mill.

Leonard, a 6-foot-4, 290-pound offensive tackle, was part of a Camden offensive line which cleared the way for the Bulldogs to average better than 35 points and nearly 390 yards in offense per game with an average of 231 yards on the ground per contest.

Jenkins (6-4, 230) is a third-year starter at defensive end for the Knights. Through 10 games this season, he has been in on 48 tackles including as team-best five quarterback sacks. Jenkins also has eight tackles for loss of yardage and forced a pair of fumbles.

Jones, a 6-foot-1, 185-pounder, leads the Knights in tackles from his linebacking post with 108 with 10 of those coming behind the line of scrimmage. He has forced three fumbles and recovered two fumbles. Also a running back on offense, Jones has rushed for 525 yards on 66 carries with six scoring runs. He also has 13 pass receptions for 158 yards with a touchdown.

Like Jones, Portee (6-1, 170) plays on both sides of the football for the Knights. From his secondary position, he leads the team with seven interceptions for 153 return yards and two pick sixes. He has also broken up 10 enemy passes. From his wide receiver position, Portee leads NC with 42 receptions for 634 yards with 11 touchdowns. His 13 touchdowns leads the Knights.

As a three-year starter in the backfield at Lugoff-Elgin, Brown (5-10, 180) ran for a team-best 659 yards in nine games for the Demons this past season. He also ran for four touchdowns. In the passing game, he caught 23 passes for 198 yards with one for a touchdown.

Last month, a pair of Camden High players --- center Jason Harris and defensive end Javaris Holliday --- were selected to play in the Touchstone Energy North-South All-Star Game on Saturday, Dec. 15 at Brooks Stadium on the Coastal Carolina University campus in Conway.

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