Three area football standouts and a pair of coaches were recognized as Palmetto Champions all-stars last week.
Raiqwon O’Neal was named Lower State 5A Lineman of the Year, while North Myrtle Beach all-purpose man Tyler Gore was recognized as Lower State 4A’s Back of the Year.
Carvers Bay’s Emmanuel Tatum earned distinction as Lower State 2A’s Lineman of the Year.
Despite taking the reins under difficult circumstances, Conway interim football coach Carlton Terry was named Lower State 5A Coach of the Year after leading the Tigers to a 9-1 season and Region 6-5A title. Also being honored was Aynor head man Jody Jenerette, tabbed as Lower State 3A Coach of the Year following a 6-4 campaign and a return to the postseason for the Blue Jackets.
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Selected by members of the S.C. Football Coaches Association, teams include a back, lineman, specialist and coach for each classification. The Palmetto Champions team will be honored on Nov. 30 at a banquet in Columbia.
Palmetto Champions Team
Upper State Back: Connor Shugart, Spartanburg
Upper State Lineman: Jordan McFadden, Dorman
Lower State Back: Dakereon Joyner, Fort Dorchester
Lower State Lineman: Raiqwon O’Neal, Conway
Specialist: Chance Poore, Westside
Upper State Coach: Jeff Herron T.L. Hanna
Lower State Coach: Carlton Terry, Conway
Upper State Back: Derion Kendrick, South Pointe
Upper State Lineman: Eli Adams, South Pointe
Lower State Back: Tyler Gore, North Myrtle Beach
Lower State Lineman: Hank Manos, Chapin
Specialist: BT Potter, South Pointe
Class 4A Upper State Coach: Brian Thomas, North Augusta
Class 4A Lower State Coach: Randy Robinson, Berkeley
Upper State Back: Amir Abrams Newberry
Upper State Lineman: Adam Henderson, Berea
Lower State Back: Leo Albano, Bishop England
Lower State Lineman: Erikson Abney, Gilbert
Class 3A Upper State Coach: Tim McMahon, Emerald
Class 3A Lower State Coach: Jody Jenerette, Aynor
Upper State Back: Elijah Rodgers, Blacksburg
Upper State Lineman: Kelijiha Brown, Saluda
Lower State Back: Kendall Moultrie, Latta
Lower State Lineman: Emmanuel Tatum, Carvers Bay
Specialist: Cliff Gandis, Christ Church
Upper State Coach: Andrew Chisholm, Blacksburg
Lower State Coach: Kevin Crosby, Bamberg-Ehrhardt
Upper State Back: Mataeo Durant, McCormick
Upper State Lineman: Josh Belk, Lewisville
Lower State Back: Corey Fields, Baptist Hill
Lower State Lineman: Micah Bryant, Hemingway
Class A Upper State: Corey Fountain, Lamar
Class A Lower State: Marion Brown, Baptist Hill