With two of the area’s most recognizable college football standouts on the shelf due to injury, another has pushed himself into the limelight in recent weeks.
After catching six passes for 108 yards a week ago, Conway alum Cole Watson once again was a key contributor for the Newberry offense, catching four passes for 65 yards and two touchdowns in the Wolves’ 35-14 victory over Catawba.
It also was a big weekend for a pair of former Grand Strand standouts along the offensive line.
The Citadel’s Tyler Davis – formerly of Waccamaw – was key in helping the Bulldogs rack up 602 yards of offense – including 513 rushing yards – in a 37-14 win over Western Carolina. Also having a field day was North Greenville’s Dillon Alford – a Georgetown alum – who did his part in paving the way for the Crusaders to post 518 yards of total offense in a 56-21 win over Mars Hill.
It also saw a first, as North Myrtle Beach product and current East Carolina defensive back Colby Gore notched his first pick as a collegian.
A number of other local products did work on Saturday. Here’s a look:
Dillon Alford, North Greenville (Sr., OL): On a day in which the Crusaders could do no wrong, the former Georgetown standout was part of an offensive line that paved the way for it to rack up 518 yards of total offense in a 56-21 win over Mars Hill.
Kyle Belack, Ohio (RS Fr., WR): Though held without a catch, the former Myrtle Beach football standout had one carry for four yards and two kickoff returns for 47 yards in the Bobcats’ 17-7 win over Miami (Ohio).
Anthony Blair, North Greenville (Jr., DL): The Georgetown alum had an assisted tackle and a pass breakup in the Crusaders’ 56-21 win over Mars Hill.
Tyler Davis, Citadel (So., OL): Starting at right guard, the former Waccamaw standout rack up 602 yards on offense – including 513 on the ground – as the Bulldogs dumped Western Carolina, 37-14.
Colby Gore, East Carolina (Fr., DB): The former North Myrtle Beach standout had three tackles and assisted on another, a pair of pass breakups and an interception in the Pirates’ 47-29 loss to Central Florida.
Jordan Hemingway, Catawba (So., DL): Though in a losing cause, the former Loris standout had three tackles – one of which came for a loss – and assisted on another in the Indians’ 35-14 loss to Newberry.
T.J. Jones, Florida A&M (RS Sr., OL): The Myrtle Beach alum helped lead the Rattlers to their first win in eight games with a 19-14 win over Savannah State.
Tyler Keane, Coastal Carolina (Jr., QB): Making his second consecutive start, the Myrtle Beach alum was 14 of 21 for 149 yards and two touchdowns, along with four carries for 23 yards in the Chanticleers’ loss to Charleston Southern.
Maxwell Kjosa, Coastal Carolina (RS Fr., TE): The former Socastee standout saw time for the Chanticleers in their double-overtime loss to Charleston Southern.
Naquez Pringle, Kentucky (Jr., DT): Little went well for the Wildcats on Saturday at No. 1 Alabama, but the former Carvers Bay standout had a tackle and two assists in their 34-6 loss.
Delano Walters, Coastal Carolina (So., WR): The Socastee alum had a tackle in the Chanticleers’ 59-58 double-overtime loss to Charleston Southern.
Jordan Ward, Charleston Southern (So., LB): In his return to the Grand Strand, the former Georgetown standout assisted on a tackle in the Buccaneers’ double-overtime win over Coastal Carolina, 59-58.
Cole Watson, Newberry (Sr., WR): For the second consecutive week, the Conway alum had a solid game for the Wolves, catching four passes for 65 yards and two touchdowns in their 35-14 win over Catawba.
D’Andre Wilson, Marshall (RS Jr., DB):The former Myrtle Beach Seahawk saw time for the Thundering Herd in their 43-27 loss to Pittsburgh.
Hunter Windham, Wofford (Jr., RB): The former Aynor standout had two carries for five yards in the Terriers’ 28-26 loss to Samford.
Ryan Yurachek, Marshall (Jr., TE): The Carolina Forest alum caught three passes for 16 yards in the Thundering Herd’s 43-27 loss to Pittsburgh.