Twenty-five standouts from Laurens District High School, Clinton High School and Laurens Academy were named to the All-Laurens County football team at the Laurens County Touchdown Club's annual banquet on Wednesday night at The Ridge at Laurens.
The Laurens Raiders swept the top two honors with Duane Martin being named Laurens County Player of the Year and Head Coach Chris Liner being named Laurens County Coach of the Year.
The Raiders, who advanced into the first round of the Class 5A playoffs, placed 13 players on the team, followed by the CHS Red Devils with eight and the LA Crusaders with four.
The quarterback is Laurens Academy’s productive sophomore quarterback, Thomas Lowry, who threw 23 touchdown passes and completed 73.7 percent of his attempts for 1,938 yards. Lowry also rushed for 1,027 yards and scored 12 touchdowns via the run.
The running backs are both Raiders and both juniors. Duane Martin rushed for 973 yards and scored 15 touchdowns. Martin played on defense, as well. Jordan Woodruff rushed for 455 yards and caught six passes for 121 yards. Woodruff scored three touchdowns.
The wide receivers are Laurens Academy junior Charlton McCall, who caught 85 passes for 977 yards and 13 touchdowns, and the Raiders’ senior, Will Tinsley, who caught 16 passes for 183 yards and saw considerable action as a return specialist and also played on defense.
Freshman Diamonte Grant of Laurens Academy is the tight end. He caught 22 passes for 202 yards and seven touchdowns. On defense, he made 71 tackles, including six sacks.
Three Raiders – seniors Ty Davis and Jordan Austin and junior Austin James – anchor the offensive line along with Clinton junior Jacob Hall and Reles Littleton, a sophomore at Laurens Academy.
LDHS also has three representatives – junior Conner Owens and seniors Wesley Carlay and Armani Todd – up front in the defensive line. The three combined for 19 tackles for loss, eight by Owens. Joining them are three from Clinton: senior Jamarcus Cook, a versatile two-way player; senior Exodus Jones and sophomore Marcus Chalmers.
The linebackers are juniors Jackson Mahon and Garrett Addy of Laurens and Austin Caughman of Clinton. Boyd, who made 51 tackles, led the Raiders in “production points.” Addy broke up three passes, and Caughman made two fumble recoveries. The versatile Mahon intercepted a pass, made 47 tackles, played tight end on offense and was the Raiders’ backup quarterback.
The defensive backfield consists of the Raiders’ team leader in “production points,” senior Dra Boyd, who made 51 tackles, nine for loss. A Clinton freshman, JyKorie Gary, led the Red Devils in tackles with 43.
The specialists are a pair of seniors, LDHS kicker Devon Hubner, who hit three of six field goal attempts, one from 44 yards, and converted 34 of 38 extra points; and Clinton’s Sam Tiller, who averaged 33 yards a punt, twice converting fourth downs, one on a run and another on a pass completion.
The 25th player is the Clinton MVP, senior Cameron Nichols, a jack of all trades who saw action at quarterback, wide receiver and defensive back.