PICK THE COVER - Readers can pick the person to front 2019 High School Football Edition
For the second straight year, the Lexington Chronicle is giving the public the following choice:
Which player do you want to see appear on the front cover of the High School Football Preview Edition?
The special tabloid will feature profiles, pictures, rosters and schedules of all 15 Chronicle Country teams in Lexington and parts of Richland County is set for release Aug. 22.
As was the case last year when over 66,000 people voted for their choices (Gilbert running back Cody Temples and Gray Collegiate quarterback Hunter Helms), the Chronicle is seeking the public’s input on this year’s cover choice.
A poll will be made available at www.lexingtonchronicle.com starting July 4. The final date to vote will be Aug. 15.
There are 6 nominees for this year’s cover are:
QB Ty Olenchuk (Dutch Fork)
The rising senior and Clemson University baseball commit was last year’s Lexington Chronicle’s Player of the Year in football and this past school year’s Male Athlete of the Year. He guided the Silver Foxes to a 3rd straight Class 5A title and a second 15-0 record in three seasons after throwing for 3,804 yards and scoring 50 TDs, passing and rushing
QB/DB Ke’Shoun Williams (Batesburg-Leesville)
A 4-year starter for the Panthers, Williams has played a prominent role on both sides of the football. Last season, he threw for 756 yards and rushed for 427 yards and 12 TDs. He was also one of the Panthers leading tacklers on defense, an area he's being highly recruited in.
RB Nanders Lawrence (Airport)
The versatile senior Eagle was a catalyst in the team’s turnaround after a slow start into a region champion. He rushed for 745 yards and 6 touchdowns, caught 45 passers for 721 yards and 5 TDs and had 60 tackles on defense.
DB/P Tristan Allen (Lexington)
The Wildcats’ 3-sport athlete leads the team on defense and special teams. He had 50 tackles and 6 INTs and averaged 37.5 yards per kick as a punter last season.
RB Braden Walker (River Bluff)
The successful transition from quarterback to running back helped make possible the Gators’ most successful season in school history. Despite missing the final 3 games due to injury, the rising senior rushed for 1,487 yards and 16 touchdowns for the 10-2 Gators.
QB Aveon Smith (White Knoll)
The rising senior and University of Miami (OH) commit. was one of Chronicle Country’s top dual threats. He threw for 1,051 yards and 14 TDs and rushed for 1,343 yards and 13 TDs for the Timberwolves in 2018.