FORTY-FOUR OF the state’s top players in the eyes of the S.C. high school football coaches will play against an all-star team from North Carolina on Saturday, including seven Midlands players.
Irmo is the only team from the Midlands with two representatives, placing defensive end/linebacker Darius Wright and kicker/punter Ben Hinson. Wright, a 6-foot-2, 220-pound defensive end for the Yellow Jackets, finished the season with 55 tackles, 22 for loss and 10 sacks. He’s a physical player and plays with the same fire that his father, Frank Wright (Greenwood, USC) played with in high school. Darius can play back at linebacker or move up to the line and be ferocious off of the edge.
Hinson was a two-time player of the week for SCVarsity.com and was a weapon with his ball placement on punts and kicks. Fifty percent of his kicks were touchbacks, and he averaged 41 yards per punt.
The other Midlands players:
Joining the Midlands players will be Airport coach Kirk Burnette, who is coaching quarterbacks for the Sandlappers. Since arriving at Airport as the AD/football coach in 2004, Burnette’s teams have won three region titles, had the school’s first undefeated regular season in 2009 and made eight consecutive playoff appearances.