Players of Week named


Sumter High School's Jonathan Henry and John Adams, Crestwood's High's Camron Blanding and Lee Central High's Dayrice Austin 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 Chris Clark of Gamecock Central.

Henry, who plays running back for SHS, is the Offensive Player of the Week. He rushed for 200 yards and two touchdowns on 26 carries and caught three passes for 44 yards in the Gamecocks' 35-7 home victory over White Knoll in the first round of the 5A state playoffs on Friday.

Adams, who plays center for Sumter and is the only lineman to start every game, was helping pave the way for Henry and the rest of the offense, and that's why is the Offensive Lineman of the Week. Adams graded out at 84 percent and had three knockdown blocks in the victory. Sumter rushed for 289 yards and had 426 yards of total offense.

Blanding, a linebacker for CHS, is the Defensive Player of the Week. He had eight total tackles, three tackles for loss and two quarterback sacks in the Knights' 28-14 road victory over Chapin in the first round of the 4A state playoffs.

Austin, who plays wide receiver for LC, is the Special Teams Player of the Week. Rice returned two kickoffs for 110 yards, one going 80 yards for a touchdown.