2006-01-02 / Sports

Irvin, Wilkerson among state’s best


BRETT IRVIN BRETT IRVIN The accolades keep rolling in for Gaffney’s Brett Irvin and Julius Wilkerson, who were each named to the 2005 South Carolina AP AllState team.

Both players also were picked for the Shrine Bowl.

Irvin, a 2-year starter at center, graded out the highest of any offensive lineman on the team. He also led the unit in pancake blocks.

Wilkerson, who has verbally committed to Clemson, led the team with 111 solo tackles and had 15 tackles for losses. He also had five interceptions, including one for a touchdown.

Daniel and Rock Hill high schools also placed two players on the team. Three Byrnes stars were named to the all-state team.

Will Korn, the Rebels junior, is the all-state quarterback after throwing for 4,164 yards and an amazing 53 touchdowns. Two of his favorite targets join him on the elite group receiver Jamar Anderson caught 96 passes for 1,758 yards, while the state’s “Mr. Football,” Prince Miller, caught six touchdowns as a running back.

Miller was named a defensive back on the all-state team, selected from nominations by AP members in South Carolina.

Korn, Anderson and Miller helped Byrnes win its fourth straight Class 4A, Division II title earlier this month, 51-8 over a Richland Northeast team whose defense was among the best in the state.

JULIUSWILKERSION JULIUSWILKERSION The three all-state players were the most of any South Carolina high school this year.

Richland Northeast’s defense featured two all-state players in defensive lineman Adam Patterson and linebacker Rodney Paulk. Both players were part of the South Carolina team in the annual Shrine Bowl matchup against North Carolina seniors.

The Bearcats, which won the Class 4A “Big 16” title in 2002 and 2004, were represented by linebacker Donkay Degraffenreid and defensive back Phillip Adams.

Degraffenreid made the allstate team for the second straight season. He has been Rock Hill’s top tackler the past four seasons.

Adams finished the year with 73 tackles and seven interceptions. He played in the NorthSouth All-Star game earlier this month.

The team’s running backs were Chris McIntosh of Daniel and Gerald Legree of Beaufort. McIntosh, a senior, rushed for 2,462 yards while Legree, also a senior, had 1,932 yards and 15 touchdowns.

Joining McIntosh was one of his Daniel offensive linemen, senior Duvall Young.

The other all-state receiver is Summerville sophomore A.J. Green, who had 75 catches for 1,422 yards and 16 touchdowns. Green also made the team as a freshman. DENTURES

The tight end is Wando’s Foxy Foxworth, a Shrine Bowl selection.

The rest of the offensive line were all picked for the Shrine Bowl Daniel’s Young, Dutch Fork’s Garrett Anderson, Conway’s Alex Wolfe and Hartsville’s Jake Johnson.

Riverside’s Richard Jackson, who had a South Carolina-record 64-yard field goal, was the all-state kicker.

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