Twenty-five players have been selected to the 2019 The Sumter Item All-Independent Football Team.
The team is selected based on nominations from the head coaches of the five South Carolina Independent School Association schools in Sumter, Clarendon and Lee counties. The team is selected by The Sumter Item sports department.
This year’s team is made up of seven players from both Laurence Manning Academy and Robert E. Lee Academy, five from Clarendon Hall and three apiece from Wilson Hall and Thomas Sumter Academy.
The quarterback is Laurence Manning’s Burgess Jordan. He completed 49 of 95 passes for 1,308 yards and 14 touchdowns in helping LMA to the SCISA 3A state championship game. Jordan also rushed for 448 yards and five touchdowns on 105 carries.
The running backs are Graham VanPatten of Wilson Hall, Ayden Allen of Thomas Sumter and Keaton Price of Robert E. Lee.
VanPatten rushed for 951 yards and six touchdowns while catching 15 passes for 174 yards and one touchdown. As a defensive back, he had 45 tackles.
Allen ran for 1,185 yards and 13 touchdowns on 208 carries. As an outside linebacker, he had 40 tackles.
Price rushed for 893 yards and 11 touchdowns on 118 carries in just eight games. He caught six passes – five of them for touchdowns – for 205 yards.
The wide receivers are Kylic Horton of Clarendon and Drew Watson and Matthew Johnson, both of Robert E. Lee.
Horton had 15 catches for 235 yards and two touchdowns, but also rushed for 386 yards and one touchdown on 39 carries and completed 17 of 38 passes for 300 yards and one touchdown. On defense, Horton had 54 tackles and returned six interceptions for 178 yards.
Watson caught 32 passes for 553 yards and 15 touchdowns.
Johnson had 22 catches for 443 yards. As an outside linebacker, he had three interceptions to go with 51 tackles and one quarterback sack.
The offensive linemen are Jarrett Huettman of Robert E. Lee, Hayden Poston of Thomas Sumter, Justin James of Clarendon and Henry Black and Britton Morris, both of Laurence Manning.
Huettman graded out at 89% and was REL’s best offensive lineman, according to the coaching staff.
Poston graded out at 83% and had 23 knockdown blocks. Defensively, Poston had 78 tackles, two quarterback sacks, seven tackles for loss and one interception.
James was Clarendon Hall’s top offensive lineman on an explosive offense. Defensively, he had 31 tackles.
Black graded out at 87% and had 34 knockdown blocks. As a linebacker on defense, he had 56 tackles and 14 sacks.
Morris graded out at 88% and had 33 knockdown blocks. As a linebacker, he had 62 tackles.
The all-purpose player is Laurence Manning’s Wyatt Rowland, who had almost 2,400 yards of total offense. Rowland rushed for 1,458 yards and 14 touchdowns on 158 carries and had 26 receptions for 902 yards and eight touchdowns.
The defensive linemen are Jonathan Griffith of Laurence Manning, Kade Elliott of Clarendon Hall, Walker Knowlton of Wilson Hall and Michael Flynn of Thomas Sumter.
Griffith had 72 tackles and 11 sacks.
Elliott had 39 tackles, two sacks and one interception. On offense, he had 24 catches for 398 yards and three touchdowns.
Knowlton had 56 tackles, two tackles for loss and one sack.
Flynn had 54 tackles, five sacks and 15 tackles for loss. As on offensive lineman, he graded out at 85% with nine knockdown blocks.
The linebackers are Wells Robinson of Clarendon Hall, Campbell deHoll of Wilson Hall and Christian Olson and Reese Hardin, both of Robert E. Lee.
Robinson led Clarendon Hall with 76 tackles while coming up with one interception, one sack and two fumble recoveries.
Wilson Hall’s leading tackler was deHoll with 95. He had four tackles for loss.
Olson had 87 tackles. As a running back, he picked up 271 yards and scored two touchdowns on 40 carries.
Hardin had 66 tackles, recovered a fumble for a touchdown and had six sacks.
The defensive backs are Gabe Harris and Mickey Jordan, both of Laurence Manning, Jet Smith of Robert E. Lee and Zyan Gilmore of Clarendon Hall.
Harris had seven interceptions, returning one for a touchdown, to go with 63 tackles. He caught 15 passes as a wide receiver, five for touchdowns.
Jordan had four interceptions, returning one for a touchdown, to go with 52 tackles.
Smith had 46 tackles as a defensive back and was a standout quarterback. He completed 70 of 125 passes for 1,405 yards and 14 touchdowns while rushing for 1,312 yards and 23 touchdowns on 165 carries.
Gilmore had 46 tackles, three interceptions and one fumble recovery. On offense, he completed 51 of 79 passes for 714 yards and seven touchdowns, ran for 835 yards and nine touchdowns on 77 carries and caught three passes for 143 yards.