BEN HINSON, Irmo kicker
The Shrine Bowl placekicker has already kicked two game-winners for the Yellow Jackets. With a 52 yard range field goal range and an 44-yard punt average, Hinson is a game-changer for the Yellow Jackets.
JAKE NIDIFFER, Hammond quarterback
With a 121-204-7 passing record and 2,134 yards and 23 touchdowns under his belt, this quarterback has excelled at piloting the Skyhawks to an 11-1 record. Nidiffer missed one game with an injury, but should be fine in the semifinals.
SHELTON WHITAKER, A.C. Flora receiver
The Falcons’ leading receiver averages 31.8 yards per catch and has the speed to go the distance. Whitaker has scored eight touchdowns for A.C. Flora.
JORDAN BERRY, Dutch Fork wide receiver
While the Silver Foxes have had big performances with their running game in recent weeks, Berry still provides Dutch Fork with firepower through the air. He averages 150 yards per game.
TERRANCE SALLEY, Swansea lineman
Leading the team in sacks, he also is the Tigers’ third-leading tackler, and a skilled takeaway artist. Plus he steps in at wide receiver, where he has posted 18.2 yards per catch and five TDs.
DEANDRE BELTON, Fairfield Central quarterback
In or out of the pocket, DeAndre Belton drives the Griffins’ offense. With 1,077 yards passing and 912 yards rushing and a total of 24 TDs, Belton is the cornerstone of the Fairfield Central game.
JOHN MILLER, Spring Valley running back
Averaging 6.15 yards per carry, Miller is the Vikings’ leading rusher with 1,051 yards, and leading scorer with 19 touchdowns. He could bear the brunt of Byrnes defensive focus in this opening playoff game.
GREG HUEGEL, Blythewood kicker
The Bengals’ leading scorer has made good on 44 of 45 extra point attempts, and has a 50 percent success rate on field goal tries. Huegel helps the Bengals win the battle for field position, with 28 touchbacks and an average of 54.6 yards on 63 kickoffs.
QUINN JONES, White Knoll running back
Averaging 7.1 yards per carry, Jones has amassed 1,325 yards and helped lead the Timberwolves to the fore in Region 5-4A. Jones has scored 11 TDs in 11 games, and is sure to break the plane at least once in White Knoll’s first-round game.
PETER EASAW, Keenan receiver
With his 16.4 yards per carry average, Easaw is a major threat to Raiders’ opponents when he is on offense. But with nearly 80 return yards per game, he also does major damage on kick return duty.
OBINA NTIASAGWE, Ridge View lineman
Among the Blazers’ leading tacklers and sacks leaders, the All-star lineman will be key in slowing the Irmo offense. Ntiasagwe has posted nine sacks this season.
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