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As he worked his way down the field after intercepting a Patrick Henry Academy pass at his 5-yard line last Friday, Clarendon Hall defensive back Kylic Horton wasn't thinking about taking it all the way back for a touchdown. Well, at least not directly.
Instead, what Horton had on his mind was the reward he and his teammates would receive if he was able to traverse the 95 yards to the PHA end zone.
"If we score a defensive touchdown, the team gets a steak dinner," Horton said. "So I was thinking about the team getting a steak."
The Saints ended up knowing they would be eating good sometime this week as Horton ended up taking it all the way to the house in CH's 52-14 victory.
That was just a part of a big defensive night for Horton, who was selected as The Sumter Item Defensive Player of the Week.
He is joined by Sumter High School left guard Michael Koromah as the Offensive Lineman, Sumter's Quindon Sanders as the Special Teams Player and Carolina Academy running back as the Offensive Player.
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 breakfast meeting of the Sumter Touchdown Club presented by FTC on Friday beginning at 7:15 a.m. The meeting takes place at the University of South Carolina Sumter's Arts & Letters Building.
Chris Clark of Gamecock Central will be the guest speaker this week.
DEFENSE - KYLIC HORTON CLARENDON HALL
Horton had another interception, recovered a fumble and had four solo tackles against Patrick Henry as well. On the offensive side of the ball, Horton had two receptions for 56 yards and a touchdown and a carry for 19 yards.
However, the Pick-6 was the big play for Horton.
"Yes sir," was Horton's response when asked if he jumped the route. "I made the interception in the middle of the field, so I ran up the middle of the field to begin with, then I went down the sideline. I was just doing what I've been taught in practice."
SPECIAL TEAMS - QUINDON SANDERS SUMTER
The Sumter High kickoff team was busy in its 61-0 victory over Lakewood on Friday. The Gamecocks kicked off 10 times and six of them were returned by the Gators. Sanders had half of those stops as SHS allowed just 35 yards in returns.
"He works really hard as a defensive back, but he's not getting on the field that much right now," said Sumter head coach Mark Barnes of Sanders. "So it shows you what a good team player he is to go out and playing like that on special teams and impacting the game by running down and covering kickoffs. Sometimes it's hard to get players to do that."
Sanders said he is just doing what he's been taught in practice.
"I just know my spots, where I'm supposed to be," he said. "I keep my lanes the same. I know what I'm supposed to do, and I go make the tackle. I'm just doing my job, trying to help my team win."
OFFENSIVE LINEMAN -- MIKE KOROMAH SUMTER
Koromah graded out at 79 percent and had two knockdown blocks in the win over Lakewood. The Gamecocks scored nine touchdowns, six of them rushing scores, and had 529 yards of total offense.
Koromah is the lone returning starter on the Sumter offensive line. Barnes said he has gotten better as the season has progressed.
"He's our only returning starter from the offensive line, and we really didn't feel like he played that well in the first game (a 28-21 win over Rock Hill)," Barnes said. "He's been steadily improving since then, and we need him to do that. He did a great job on Friday night."
OFFENSE - AUSTIN BROWN CAROLINA ACADEMY
Brown had a massive game in Carolina's 41-22 victory over John Paul II. Brown carried the football 35 times for 344 yards and four touchdowns for the 3-0 Bobcats.
Carolina head coach T.J. Joye said Brown is a pivotal player on both sides of the football.
"He's just tough, physical, mean - on the football field," Joye said. "He's just a beast on the football field, even though he's just 160 pounds.
"He can fly, and he stands out on both sides of the football. He's going to make something happen."
Brown said he doesn't normally get that many carries in a game, but he was more than happy to have the ball being continuously placed in his hands.
"I was thinking, 'Keep feeding me,' " Brown said. "I'm going to run the same either way. I wasn't going to get tired.
"We were doing it for one of players who got hurt. My line was doing a great job, and (fullback) Jeremiah Brunson was leading the way."
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