Thinking big and then taking dead aim at success.
It’s the approach that’s helped Dantez Bennamon reel in his most recent achievements, Goose Creek High School football coach and athletic director Chuck Reedy said.
Last week, the Gators’ standout quarterback and star point guard was recognized by the Carolina Panthers Community Captain program and, additionally, was tabbed one of the top five senior basketball players in the state for the upcoming season.
“Dantez truly is representative of the term student-athlete,” Reedy said. “He carries the highest GPA on our football team and embodies all the qualities that coaches look for in their athletes.”
Bennamon is a natural leader and intense competitor. Those qualities meshed with a willingness to prepare for whatever is ahead makes Bennamon the frontrunner he is.
“The fact that he is 21-0 as our starting quarterback speaks volumes about him and his leadership skills,” Reedy said.
Bennamon has offers from Presbyterian College for football and others are recruiting him too.
He entered Friday’s Wando game with 872 yards rushing and 540 yards passing with a total of 10 touchdowns. He then helped lead the Gators to a victory over the Warriors, their 35th straight dating back to 2011.
Bennamon was one of 10 high school student-athletes from either South Carolina or North Carolina recognized by the Panthers. Community involvement also played a part in the honor for Bennamon. He has volunteered at the Ronald McDonald House in Charleston.
In addition to being recognized at the Panthers’ home game against the Tampa Bay Buccaneers last Thursday, Bennamon will receive an authentic and personalized Carolina Panthers game ball.
“Our hope is that the players will remain positive role models as they continue to succeed on the football field and as individuals,” said Riley Fields, Carolina Panthers Director of Community Relations. “We are hoping to lay the foundation of high expectations for these young men and women. They have a tremendous opportunity to utilize sports to accomplish great things for themselves, and more importantly, to impact others through their leadership and service.”
Bennamon’s best sport could actually be basketball. He’s played substantial minutes on the hardwood since his freshman season and guided the Gators into the Class AAAA championship game last winter.
He averaged 20.9 points, 6.1 rebounds, 2.6 assists and 2.6 steals. Over the summer, he served as an instructor at the GCHS youth basketball camp.
“He’s a special kid,” Gators basketball coach Blake Hall said. “You don’t really have enough kids like him around any more. He’s got a very professional demeanor in the classroom, on the football field and basketball court. He takes care of his business.”