Gass, Simon, Goodson, Laney earn honors


Sumter High School's Tayvian Gass, Crestwood's High's Joshua Simon, Laurence Manning Academy's Brad Goodson and Robert E. Lee Academy's Nick Laney have been selected as The Sumter Item Players of the Week.

Players are selected based on nominations from local high school coaches. Selections are made by The Sumter Item.

The quartet will be honored at the weekly meeting of the Sumter Touchdown Club presented by Farmers Telephone Cooperative on Friday. The meeting will be held at the Swan Lake Visitors Center beginning at 7:15 a.m. The visitors center is located inside the gates of Swan Lake-Iris Gardens on West Liberty Street.

The guest speaker on Friday will be Wofford College head coach Mike Ayers.

Gass, who plays right tackle for SHS, is the Offensive Lineman of the Week. Gass graded out at 78 percent with five knockdown blocks in the Gamecocks' 48-21 victory over Socastee. Sumter had 342 yards of total offense.

Simon, a wide receiver for CHS, is the Offensive Player of the Week. He had seven catches for 139 yards and two touchdowns in the Knights' 40-14 victory over Lakewood.

Goodson, a defensive end for LMA, is the Defensive Player of the Week. He had nine solo tackles, four assists and four tackles for loss in the Swampcats' 14-13 victory over Wilson Hall.

Goodson also got his hand on an extra point attempt that caused the football to hit the crossbar, and it ended up being the difference in the game.

Laney, who plays multiple positions for REL, is the Special Teams Player of the Game. Laney returned two kickoffs for 107 yards, one going 64 yards for a touchdown.

Laney was also a focal point of the offense as well. He caught five passes - four of them for touchdowns - for 154 yards and had nine carries for 54 more yards.