QB Kelly Bryant Wren
RB Brandon Sinclair Myrtle Beach
RB Ty’Son Williams Crestwood
FB Austin Barnes Daniel
WR Samuel Denmark Hanahan
WR Larry Collins Lower Richland
WR Kyle Belack Myrtle Beach
WR Shi Smith Union County
WR Aaron Frazier Hilton Head
OL Alex Taylor Berkeley
OL Aaron Ray Midland Valley
OL Cade Stewart Daniel
DL Gage Cervenka Emerald
DL Destin Guellin Berea
DL Albert Huggins Orangeburg-Wilkinson
DL Corbin Heyward Hanahan
LB Marquise Inabinet Brookland-Cayce
LB Datavious Wilson Hartsville
LB Trey Woods Marlboro County
DB Marveon Mobley South Pointe
DB Denzel Johnson A.C. Flora
DB Rion Davis A.C. Flora
DB Colby Gore North Myrtle Beach
DB Tommy Sanders Chester
ALL-CLASS 3A TEAM
THERE’S A CERTAIN CHARM TO CLASS 3A FOOTBALL IN South Carolina. Though not the largest of the state’s four classifications, it does have the unique distinction of being the only one to crown a single champion rather than split-
ting the title among a pair of squads.
And the 2013 season might have been one of the classification’s
best, as an unlikely champion emerged from among a number of
quality teams. The “Pride of the Grand Strand” in Myrtle Beach
found its way back to the top of Class 3A, claiming the program’s
seventh state championship with a last-second field goal to get
By no means is it a stretch to deem the Seahawks the odds-on
favorite to repeat. However, a hungry pack of competitors stand
between them and that goal, hoping to derail Myrtle Beach’s quest
for a third title in five years.
WELCOME TO THE SHOW
Nothing is normal about South Pointe High School football. Not
when the school, which is currently celebrating its 10th year, has
firmly established itself as a pipeline for greatness to the college
and professional ranks.
After playing – and flourishing – in the state’s largest classification for the past two years, the Stallions return to Class 3A this fall.
The last season in which the program competed at that level was
2011 and the result was a state title.
South Pointe wasn’t the only program impacted by reclassification though, as several names synonymous with Class 4A took a
step down in classification due to a drop in attendance.
Lancaster joins the Stallions in Region III-3A; after decades of play
in the state’s largest classification Richland Northeast settles into
the Region IV-3A; and Aiken hopes to make waves in Region V-3A.
THE CATHCART EFFECT
Gene Cathcart knew exactly the job he was taking at Class
4A Greenwood in 2009, succeeding the legendary Shell Dula
as head coach. Cathcart did little to diminish the program’s
profile and prestige in his five seasons there, taking the Eagles
to three consecutive state title games and claiming the 2012
Though highly successful at his post in Greenwood, Cathcart
made the move to Seneca during the offseason, calling the
decision to do so “a dad decision.” While he leaves a cupboard full
of athletes back in the Lakelands, by no means is it bare at Seneca.
He inherits a talented core that is bolstered by the presence of
Azende Jenkins and Zach Darst on an offensive line that could be
mighty beneficial to the coach’s run-heavy offensive scheme.
Arguably no conference in South Carolina provided more thrilling
results than Region VI-3A last season. A tiebreaker was the only
thing capable of separating Crestwood, Hartsville and Marlboro
County following a scintillating round of conference play.
Crestwood would inevitably get the nod over its region rivals,
though each of the three played well in the postseason, notching
victories before gamely bowing out to quality opponents. Now, can
this region duplicate the feat this season?
One thing is certain, much of the star power that helped make
last year’s matchups so memorable is back for another round.
TOP 5 TEAMS
1M YRTLE BEACH: Many of the players who got hot down the stretch return for a
run at a second straight title.
2SOUTH POINTE: The Stallions return to Class 3A and are hoping to once again
ride to the top of the mountain.
3HARTSVILLE: A heartbreaking end to the 2013 season serves as motivation
for the Red Foxes, who are gunning for their
second title in three years.
4MARLBORO COUNTY: Loaded with talent, the Bulldogs hope they have what
it takes to play in the championship game.
5A.C. FLORA: The Falcons are seek- ing to soar on the wings of a talented
defense this fall.
Myrtle Beach quarterback Drayton Arnold led his team to a Class 3A championship
as a sophomore.