For the past two years, Everett Golson has dominated the WPDE Zoneman balloting. The Myrtle Beach quarterback would have been the heavy favorite to win an unprecedented third Zoneman, until this injury in week two against Byrnes.
Since the Zoneman trophy ballots are collected after week 10, balloters were torn with the decision of having to consider one of the best players in the history of the area based on just six quarters of work. In a classy move, Golson removed himself from consideration for the 2010 Zoneman Trophy - he will be on hand at the ceremony to announce the 2010 winner.
That made this year's Zoneman a wide open race and as a result - a record five players stand on the podium.
Golson's replacement, backup quarterback Mitch Campbell, is a Zoneman Finalist keeping a streak of four straight years that a Myrtle Beach Seahawk is on the podium. Campbell stepped in for an injured Golson to throw 30 TD passes in just nine weeks of work.
For the second straight year, Lake City's Shon Carson is a Zoneman Finalist. The South Carolina Gamecock commit shattered the 2,000 yard plateau last week and finished second in the 2009 Zoneman race.
South Florence signal caller Kaleb Griffin is the first ever Bruin to reach the podium. Griffin is currently leading the area in passing yards and helped the Bruins win just their 3rd ever post-season game last week.
Dillon will be represented by Jabo Lee as a Zoneman Finalist. The sensational sophomore has caught the eye of balloters with his amazing return game as well as piling up yards despite not getting too many carries.
The fifth Zoneman candidate is Lateek Townsend of Marlboro County - The US Army All American is one of the most highly recruited players in the state of South Carolina and was recently named to the US Army All American game.
Once again, the five WPDE Zoneman Finalists are Myrtle Beach's Mitch Campbell, Lake City's Shon Carson, Kaleb Griffin of South Florence, Dillons' Jabo Lee and Marlboro County's Lateek Townsend. The 11th annual Chevy End Zone banquet will take place on Thursday, December 9th and our one hour special will air on Sunday, December 12th right here on NewsChannel 15