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home : sports : local sports May 22, 2015

1/19/2013 3:42:00 PM
Hard Work Paying Off
Eagles' receive postseason honors
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The state champion Greenwood Eagles celebrate following their overtime victory over Northwestern in the 4A, Division II title game. (Photo by Jacob Lethco)
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The state champion Greenwood Eagles celebrate following their overtime victory over Northwestern in the 4A, Division II title game. (Photo by Jacob Lethco)

Jacob Lethco
Staff Writer

GREENWOOD, SC – After capturing the 2012 Division II, 4A State Championship, various Greenwood Eagles were recently recognized for their efforts by the High School Sports Report.

Senior quarterback Evin Sims headlined the awards, being named the Division II, 4A State Offensive Player of the Year. Sims racked up 1,075 rushing yards and 25 touchdowns on the year.

“I guess it shows that good guys win in the end,” Sims said with a laugh. “Our team was filled with a bunch of great guys and it’s awesome to see our hard work pay off.”

Center Daniel Darling and linebacker Davon Durant were selected to the HSSR SCHSL All-State, Statewide team. Darling, a recent Air Force Academy commitment, was also a North-South All-Star game participant. Durant was a Shrine Bowl participant and also played in the Blue-Gray All-American game.

“It’s definitely an honor,” Darling said. “There was a lot of hard work that was put in for all of our seniors over the past four years.”

The Eagles, who went 15-0, the first undefeated season in program history, saw three players selected to the Division II, 4A HSSR SCHSL All-State team. Senior place kicker Matt Mcmanis was selected on special teams. Junior Octavious Morgan and senior Lorenzo Mathis were chosen on defense, with Morgan selected as a defensive back and Mathis chosen as an athlete.

“I didn’t even know I was chosen until you just said something about it,” McManis said when asked about the honor. “But wow, it’s a pretty cool thing to be chosen for.”

Mathis, who missed a bulk of the 2012 season due to a nagging ankle injury, joined Darling as a North-South All-Star game selection. Mathis saw time at both wing back and defensive back for the Eagles.

“Injuries bothered me throughout the year,” Mathis said. “But to still be recognized among some of the top athletes in the state, in spite of my injuries, is definitely an honor.”

Greenwood Head Coach Gene Cathcart, who was named the HSSR SCHSL Division II, 4A Coach of the Year, explained that the postseason awards for his players serves as a culmination of sorts.

“It’s hard work coming to fruition,” Cathcart said. “All of those players have accomplished a lot for our program and have represented Greenwood High School in an excellent manner. We are very proud of all they have done and they certainly deserve all of the accolades that come their way.”

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