The annual Palmetto Champions Award banquet was held Thursday night in Columbia. The event honors the top senior backs, linemen and specialists along with head coaches from the upper and lower state as voted on by the South Carolina football coaches association. And from those upper and lower state winners, one statewide winner is chosen.
The Back of the Year was Fort Dorchester quarterback Dakereon Joyner. The USC commitment finished his four year career with over 13,000 total yards and 159 touchdowns. He was 40-3 as a starting quarterback. He will play in the Shrine Bowl and the Offense-Defense All American Game.
The Lineman of the year was Dorman offensive lineman Jordan McFadden. On the season he graded out at 80% and had 27 pancake blocks. He has been a Virginia Tech commitment but is expected to announce a new commitment to Clemson Sunday. He’ll play Saturday for the 5A state championship and in the Shrine Bowl in two weeks.
The Specialist of the Year was punter/placekicker Cliff Gandis of Christ Church. For the season he was 10-12 on field goals with a long of 54 yards, 35-39 on extra points, averaged 47 yards per punt and 56-59 kickoffs reached the end zone. He will play in the Touchstone Energy North-South Game.
And the Coach of the Year was first year TL Hanna coach Jeff Herron. This season he guided the Yellow Jackets to a perfect 11-0 regular season and a 4-0 region mark.