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School district garners 14 all-state selections

Caleb Wright

Cross running back Caleb Wright breaks off a big gain on the ground against Bethune-Bowman last month.

Fourteen players from the Berkeley County School District can call themselves all-state after the S.C. Football Coaches Association announced its top players on Dec. 6.

The SCFCA named an all-state team in each of the five S.C. High School League classifications.

Leading the way for the BCSD was Philip Simmons High School, which captured the Region 6-AA crown and advanced to the state quarterfinal round of the playoffs. The Iron Horses landed eight players on the Class AA all-state team and placed at least one player in all but two position groups.

Philip Simmons’ selections are QB Tripp Williams, WR Riley Beard, OL Hunter Ramey, DL Devontay McNeil, DL Bryce Smalls, LB Dan Wojtech, DB Conor White and K Griffin Gore.

Last month, Williams was chosen the Region 6-AA player of the year.

Goose Creek High School garnered three all-state selections on the Class AAAAA team, all on offense. Gators reeling in those honors are RB Demetri Simmons, OL Jayden Johnson and WR Khyon Smith. The Gators won their third straight region crown and advanced to the second round of the Class AAAAA  playoffs.

Last month, Simmons was tabbed the Region 7-AAAAA player of the year.

Cross High School earned a pair of all-state nods in Class A: Caleb Wright as an athlete and DL Ashton Howard.

Last month, Wright was chosen the Region 5-A player of the year.

In Class AAA, Hanahan High School running back Josh Shaw earned an all-state nod.