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Naquan Peeples was able to run outside, and he was able run inside in Lee Central High School's football game against Lewisville last Friday. Needless to say, the Stallions running back had a big day.
"The offensive line was blocking good for me," said Peeples, who rushed for 260 yards and two touchdowns on 16 carries in LCHS' 57-28 victory. "The offensive line was blocking good for me, whether it was the jet sweep of the inside run."
Because of his performance, Peeples has been selected as The Sumter Item Offensive Player of the Week. The other players of the week are Clarendon Hall defensive end Kade Elliott as the Defensive Player, his teammate kicker Kylic Horton as the Special Teams Player and Manning High School's Anthony Hilton as the Offensive Lineman.
Players are selected based on nominations from local high school coaches. Selections are made by The Sumter Item sports staff
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.
Heath Cline of WNKT-FM 107.5 The Game will be the guest speaker.
OFFENSE - NAQUAN PEEPLES LEE CENTRAL
One of Peeples' touchdown runs went for a pedestrian five yards. The other one went for 76 yards, and it was pretty much straight up the middle of the field. However, he didn't just take a handoff from the I formation.
"I was in motion, and the quarterback handed it to me on the inside," Peeples said. "My tight end got a good block on the inside, and I turned it in over the center. Once I saw the block, I knew it was over."
SPECIAL TEAMS - KYLIC HORTON CLARENDON HALL
Horton did a lot of special things for Clarendon Hall in its 47-0 victory over Tri-Academy last week in Summerton. He returned a punt 40 yards, kicked an extra point, and he sent one of his kickoffs into the end zone for a touchback. However, the most special thing he did was making a tackle at the opponent's 3-yard line - on a kickoff.
'When I kicked it, I didn't realize where it went to begin with," Horton said. "I just took off running downfield as hard as I could. There was just one blocker, and he didn't touch me. I just outran them to the runner."
Saints head coach Anthony Ritenour was impressed by the sophomore's play.
"He just took off down the field and you see him slinging him down at the 3-yard line," Ritenour said. "When you see it on film it's pretty crazy."
Horton also threw a 55-yard touchdown pass, caught a 38-yard touchdown pass, ran for three 2-point conversions and had tackles on defense.
DEFENSE - KADE ELLIOTT CLARENDON HALL
Elliott didn't have a lot of tackles in the victory over Tri-Academy, but he made the most of them. The senior had four tackles, but two of them were quarterback sacks. He also forced a fumble that was picked up and returned for a touchdown.
"I thought I did pretty good," Elliott said of his performance in a game that was shortened to 8-minute quarters in the second half with a running clock. "I was Kind of in a little zone getting off ball quick. We were well prepared and very physical."
"Kade has stepped up tremendously this year," Ritenour said. He does a great job with containment on his side of the field."
OFFENSIVE LINEMAN - ANTHONY HILTON MANNING
Hilton graded out at 93% and had four knockdown blocks in Manning's 27-14 victory over Georgetown last week. The Monarchs had 445 yards of total offense.
"It's his second year starting for us," Manning head coach Reggie Kennedy said of Hilton. "He's a hard worker, a real aggressive blocker. He's what you look for in an offensive lineman. He has the demeanor to be an offensive lineman."
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