Duffy, Funderburk share SCC honor
Porter Ridge senior Chris Duffy and Sun Valley sophomore Albert Funderburk were two of the most explosive players in the Southern Carolina Conference last season, and opposing coaches took notice.
Duffy and Funderburk were voted co-offensive players of the year by the league’s head coaches.
A first-year starter, Funderburk rushed for a Union County-high 2,032 yards and 24 touchdowns on 253 attempts, helping the Spartans finish 9-4 and advance to the 4A state quarterfinals for the second straight season.
“What’s amazing about (Funderburk) is how productive he is at his age,” said Marvin Ridge coach Scott Chadwick. “He’s got a great combination of speed and strength. He can run past you or he can run over you.”
Duffy, a two-time all state selection as a safety, rushed for 1,450 yards and 20 touchdowns on 201 carries. He helped the Pirates reach the 4A state championship game in each of the last two seasons.
“I think offensively, Duffy is one of the more explosive guys I’ve played against since I’ve been here,” said Chadwick. “He’s the kind of player where you hold your breath every time he touches the ball. I thought he was the best overall player in our conference because of how good he is on the defensive side of the ball, too.”
Porter Ridge, which finished 13-2 and was co-champions of the league with Weddington and Sun Valley, placed a league-high 12 players on the all-conference team.
Pirates senior end Avery Worsham was voted defensive player of the year in the SCC after recording 78 tackles, eight sacks and four fumble recoveries.
Worsham was part of a defense that allowed just 10.7 points per game and held nine opponents to seven points or less.
“He’s one of those players you have to gameplan against,” said Chadwick of Worsham, who reports offers from Duke, Charlotte and Western Carolina. “You have to account for him in everything you do. If you don’t he has the ability to dominate games by himself. He plays with great speed.”
Porter Ridge junior Jerrick Robbins was named specialist of the year after returning two kickoffs for touchdowns.
Sun Valley ranked second in the league with 10 all-conference selections.
Spartans senior Kevin Saxton was the lone all-SCC quarterback after throwing for 2,622 yards and 27 touchdowns — both Union County highs.
Weddington and Marvin Ridge each placed nine players on the honorary squad, followed by Anson and Parkwood with three apiece.
Weddington’s Tim Carson was voted coach of the year in the league after guiding his team to a 9-3 record, highlighted by a 7-0 home win over Porter Ridge.
2012 All-SCC football team
(as selected by the league’s coaches)
Porter Ridge: Ethan Suzenvich, Connor Hogan, Ryan Dilworth, Devyn Cunningham, Nick Vagnone, Bruce Randall, Marcus Freeman, Avery Worsham, Jerrick Robbins, Chris Duffy, Matt Wogan, Luke Bayly
Weddington: Gavin Black, Kyle Hatcher, Sam Rhoten, Chase Rhoten, Pete Morrison, Heath Moore, Billy Ryan, Evan Altizer, Ryan Black
Sun Valley: Ty Thompson, Albert Funderburk, Jacob Cannell, Jake Beachum, Isaiah Byarm, Luke Gill, Michael Macchiavello, Cordarrius Williams, Kevin Saxton, Nigel Wiley
Marvin Ridge: Jacob Henderson, Addison Day, Niko Smith, Adam Smits, Taylor Latu, Charles Plummer, Derek Smith, Paul Bueche, Carter Hill
Parkwood: Danny Edwards, Jonathan Jauch, Sam Mobley
Anson: CJ Bivens, Marvin Wright, Ishmael Bailey
Co-offensive player of the year: Albert Funderburk, Sun Valley
Co-offensive player of the year: Chris Duffy, Porter Ridge
Defensive player of the year: Avery Worsham, Porter Ridge
Specialist of the year: Jerrick Robbins, Porter Ridge
Coach of the year: Tim Carson, Weddington