CLASS 2A SOUTH CAROLINA HIGH SCHOOL FOOTBALL
IN THE RICH HISTORY OF SOUTH CAROLINA football, only four schools have won four consecutive championships. Should Dillon (14-0) find itself raising a championship trophy this November, the Wildcats will
join that elusive company.
The names may change, but the results seem to stay the
same. Head coach Jackie Hayes has built a juggernaut at the
Pee Dee school, earning three consecutive titles and five in
the past seven years.
Another championship would put a bow on a sterling
career for quarterback Avery McCall, who would become
one of the state’s all-time greats when it comes to victories.
In his three years under center at Dillon, he has racked up
5,502 yards and 66 touchdowns, more than enough to draw
the attention of colleges nationwide.
But the Wildcat attack does not only consist of McCall as
there are 16 starters from last year’s roster who look to help the
program create its place in history. The offensive line remains
largely intact, along with the stable of running backs.
The “Nasty Cats” defense should also remain strong as it has
quite a mix of veterans and underclassmen that return from a
unit that yielded less than 12 points per game a season ago.
NOT HAPPY WITH SECOND
Arguably no team pushed Dillon during its recent run of
championships more than Newberry, as the Bulldogs lost to
the reigning Class 2A champions 49-27 in the 2014 Class
2A-Division I title game.
Newberry ( 11-3) had plenty of opportunities to potentially
point the game in its favor. That notion isn’t lost on head coach
Phil Strickland and his team, who will seek redemption this fall.
Keying the Bulldogs’ attack is quarterback Yafari Werts, a
Georgia Southern commit that is equally dangerous with his arm
as he is with his legs. At his disposal is a mammoth offensive line
that not only opens gaping holes for the backs, but also controls
the clock and wears down its counterparts in the trenches.
EXPECT MORE WINS
Only one team in Class 2A aside from Dillon could boast
that they went undefeated last season, but Timberland
(14-0) instead found itself living in the Wildcats’ shadow.
The Wolves have proven to be a model of consistency envied
by many programs around the Palmetto State. Over the course of
the past decade, the program has won nearly 12 games a year.
If one were to bet, Timberland is about as good as a sure-
thing to accomplish a double-figure win total once again this
season. Smash-mouth football on both sides of the football
will again be key in the Wolves doing so.
Offensively, the three-headed monster of Armonte
Prioleau, Brandon Simmons and Josh Alston will get their
share of carries. Defensively, many of the cogs that had a
part in an undefeated campaign also return.
PLEN TY OF TALENT
Fairfield Central ( 11-2) has had a stranglehold of Region III
since moving down from Class 3A a few years ago. While never
a large team, this squad gets the best of others through sheer
speed and athleticism – and 2015 will be no different.
Though losing the contributions of top rusher Joe Young, the
team isn’t short on offensive talent with Josh McManus back to
show he’s made improvements from his sophomore season. In
addition, the likes of Josh Bell, Randanion Sampson and Daryl
Camack will help make the Griffins one of Class 2A’s elite units.
ON THE PROWL
Rounding out the top five is Batesburg-Leesville ( 8-3),
which saw its dream of a repeat state championship end in a
first-round loss to Abbeville on its home turf. For head coach
Perry Woolbright, it was a less than desirable way for his
team’s title reign to end.
But with a new season, the Panthers have put away such
past disappointment and are ready to get back on the prowl.
Terrence Wilson will get the large share of carries for
Batesburg-Leesville after a solid 2014 season in which he
ran for 1,097 yards and 16 touchdowns. He’ll receive help
from an efficient offensive line that’s anchored by senior
Devyn Padgett. – Joe L. Hughes II
Dillon, led by star quar-
terback Avery McCall, is
seeking its fourth consecu-
tive state title.
QB Avery McCall, Dillon
RB Terrence Wilson, Batesburg-Leesville
RB Chad Gilchrist, Strom Thurmond
WR Malik Grate, Pendleton
WR Daniel Robinson, Timberland
WR Jamarion Broadwater-Mathis, Saluda
TE Demarcus Gilmore, Newberry
OL Kevin McCray, Timberland
OL Marcus McKethan, Barnwell
OL Blake Jeresaty, Bishop England
OL Lawrence Williams, Kingstree
ATH Yafari Werts, Newberry
DL Nyles Pinckney, Whale Branch
DL Emmanuel Walker, Lake Marion
DL Jabari Ellis, Lake Marion
DL Cortez Herrin, Saluda
LB Brad Johnson, Pendleton
LB Tyreike Steele, Andrews
LB Alex DuBose, Abbeville
DB Joseph Battle, Abbeville
DB Josh Bell, Fairfield Central
DB Davondre Robinson, Lake Marion
DB Makhal Gaston, Chesterfield
ATH Dayrun Keith, Pelion
TOP 5 TEAMS