Knights sweep All-County Line superlatives

  • Thursday, January 2, 2014

Rob Gantt/Gazette Stratford quarterback Jacob Park passed for 34 touchdowns this season.

2013 All-County Line Team


Berkeley County Coach of the Year: Ray Stackley, Stratford

Dorchester County Coach of the Year: John McKissick, Summerville

Berkeley County Offensive Player of the Year: Jacob Park, Stratford

Dorchester County Offensive Player of the Year: Sawyer Bridges, Summerville

Berkeley County Defensive Player of the Year: Michael Simmons, Stratford

Dorchester County Defensive Player of the Year: Kawuan Cox, Summerville



QB – Dantez Bennamon, Goose Creek

RB – Caleb Kinlaw, Goose Creek

RB – Devontae Shepherd, Cross

FB –† Bernard Harmon, Timberland

OL – Zack Bailey, Summerville

OL – Tyler Hood, Goose Creek

OL – Larry Smith, Hanahan

OL – Nick Tononi, Fort Dorchester††

OL – J.R. Fiddie, Berkeley

OL – Kevin McCray, Timberland

TE – Sean Smith, Summerville

WR – Terrell Green, Hanahan

WR – Jordan Barnes, Goose Creek

WR – Thad Thompson, Stratford

ATH – Donavon Thompson, Ashley Ridge

K – David Kennedy, Summerville


DL – Johnell Brown, Timberland

DL - Eurndraus Bryant, Fort Dorchester

DL – Joe Cook, Stratford

DL – Kalan Ritchie, Goose Creek

LB – Cecil Smith, Stratford

LB – Mac McCurry, Summerville

LB – Lyndon Young, Hanahan

LB – Za’von Whitaker, Timberland

LB – K.J. Wood, Goose Creek

LB – Tyquan Tucker, Ashley Ridge

DB – Omar McRae, Goose Creek

DB – Josh Simmons, Berkeley

DB – Marlon Washington, Hanahan

DB – Kevin Dickinson, Summerville

ATH – Dionte Evans, Cross

P – Tyler Tekac, Stratford



QB – Kobe Garrett, Fort Dorchester

RB – Jordan Johnson, Stratford

RB – Shamel Williams, Timberland

FB – Quan Wade, Hanahan

OL – Jacob Billings, Hanahan

OL – Tyler Moss, Ashley Ridge

OL – Jonathan James, Summerville

OL – Cody Wadford, Timberland

OL – Zach Van Alstine, Goose Creek

TE – Akeem Gadsden, Goose Creek

WR – Corey Rawlings, Fort Dorchester

WR – Johnston McCurry, Summerville

WR – Sam Denmark, Hanahan

ATH – Tyrik Johnson, Goose Creek

K – Vance Bailey, Berkeley


DL – Vontrel Grant, Hanahan

DL – Matt Powell, Summerville

DL – Greg Jones, Cross

DL – Myles White, Fort Dorchester

LB – Matt Rudy, Cane Bay

LB – Daylin Julius, Goose Creek

LB – David Govan, Fort Dorchester

LB – Branden Williams, Berkeley

LB – Shaquille Salley, Goose Creek

DB – Kendall Felder, Ashley Ridge

DB – D.J. Commodore, Fort Dorchester

DB – Dee Harley, Berkeley

DB – Tracy Gailliard, Cane Bay

ATH – Daniel Robinson, Timberland

P – Kyle Spigner, Hanahan


The Stratford Knights have claimed the top three honors in the Gazette's annual All-County Line football team.

Knights coach Ray Stackley was named Berkeley County Coach of the Year after guiding Stratford to a 12-3 record and an appearance in the Class AAAA Div. II state championship game.

Quarterback Jacob Park was named the Berkeley County Offensive Player of the Year and outside linebacker Michael Simmons was named the Berkeley County Defensive Player of the Year.

The All-County Line football team is a collaborative effort between the sports departments of the Summerville Journal Scene, The Gazette and The Berkeley Independent. Every effort was made to recognize as many players from as many different teams as possible from programs in Berkeley and Dorchester counties.

In Dorchester County, Summerville coach John McKissick was named coach of the year, while Wave quarterback Sawyer Bridges was named offensive player of the year and Kawuan Cox the defensive player of the year.

The Green Wave advanced to the Class AAAA Div. I state semifinals before losing a heartbreaker.

In Berkeley County, a number of teams had excellent seasons. The Knights won 12 games and advanced to the state final. Goose Creek (12-1, Class AAAA Div. II) and Hanahan (11-1, Class AAA) were both unbeaten before upset losses in the second round of the playoffs. Timberland finished 10-3 and made it to the state semifinal in Class AA.

Individually, it was a special season for Park on the gridiron.

The University of Georgia commitment threw for nearly 3,700 yards and 34 touchdowns in his final campaign on Crowfield Boulevard. Park is the lone four-year starter at quarterback in the school's history and finished his career with 9,441 yards of total offense and 96 total touchdowns in earning the state's Mr. Football Award.

“He was very deserving of (winning Mr. Football),” SHS coach Ray Stackley said.

Park represented the state in the Shrine Bowl game and will play in the U.S. Army All-American Bowl on Jan. 4 in San Antonio.

Simmons was an outside linebacker for the Knights and made over 90 tackles on the strong side of the defense. He was equally as productive in the leadership category and could often be seen giving teammates pep talks on the sideline and firing them up at other times.

“He was the leader of our defense both physically and emotionally,” Stackley said. “The players fed off of his enthusiasm and his verbal leadership.”

Simmons has been offered by Presbyterian College and Kennesaw State and should get some more offers as signing day approaches.

In Dorchester County, McKissick guided the Green Wave to an 11-3 record and Bridges had a lot to do with that success. Though only a sophomore, the second-year starter showed great composure and did a fine job of game management in 2013.

Bridges passed for 2,248 yards and 21 touchdowns this season. He also rushed for 289 yards and four TDs, averaging 3.6 yards per carry.

Cox, a junior, had 95 tackles, including 64 unassisted, and led the Green Wave in sacks with 14 and QB hurries with 23. The pressure the second-year starter managed to consistently apply was also a factor for many plays for which he didn't make the tackle.

Park, Simmons, Bridges and Cox are not listed with the first team but should be considered first-team selections.

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