Following Friday evening’s 21-6 win over Fairfield Central in only two quarters of play at the Irmo Jamboree, RNE cornerback Michael Joyner talked with MidlandsHighSchoolSports.com. The 5-8, 175 pound All-Region choice as a junior, who Cavaliers head coach Jay Frye calls “a special leader and super player”, is this week’s CiCi’s Pizza RNE Player of the Week. Great job, Michael!
The RNE football team was quite impressive last Friday at the Irmo Jamboree, defeating Fairfield Central 21-6 in two quarters of play. Cavaliers veteran head coach Jay Frye talked with MidlandsHighschoolSports.com following his team’s fine performance against a Griffins team that came within a win of playing for the 2A-Div 1 state championship last fall.
Richland Northeast linebacker T.J. Brunson has lived to his preseason billing as one of the state’s top talents, earning a spot on the S.C. Shrine Bowl team while helping resurrect the Cavaliers from a struggling 0-4 squad to winners of six of their last seven, including last week’s 38-6 blowout of Emerald in the opening round of the 3A playoffs. Brunson, the CiCi’s Pizza RNE Athlete of the Week, talked with us on Thursday about Friday’s second round playoff game with defending champion South Pointe and updated us on his commitment to Louisville.
After beginning the season with four losses in a row, Richland Northeast appeared well on the way to a long and disappointing fall campaign on the gridiron. My, how things changed. Head coach Jay Frye, the Crescent Construction Midlands Coach of the Week, has led the Cavaliers (6-5) to wins in six of their last seven games, including last week’s 38-6 rout of Emerald in the opening round of the 3A playoffs, RNE’s first postseason appearance since 2008. Next up for Frye and the Cavs is powerful defending state champion South Pointe (10-1). Win or lose, Frye has done a masterful job turning a season on the brink of disaster into one of the Midlands most unlikely success stories.
Blythewood senior tailback Osei Thomas scores on a 15-yard TD run against RNE during Wednesday’s scrimmage.
Blythewood senior tailback Osei Thomas takes a swing pass from QB David Israel and races 15 yards for a first down during the first half of the Bengals’ scrimmage with RNE on Wednesday.
Richland Northeast linebacker T.J. Brunson is back as a third-year starter for coach Jay Frye, equally comfortable at the Mike or Will, although primarily used in the Cav’s scheme as the weak side backer. No matter where he lines up, the 6-1, 220-pounder is a dominant playmaker, a quiet leader that demands respect based on not just his talent, but also his smarts, work ethic and mentality on the field. Suffice it to say, he is not one to be trifled with between the lines. Brunson is committed to play his college football at Louisville, but as he told us on Friday at the FCA 7-on-7 Tournament in Blythewood, he will still most-likely take all of his allotted visits and keep an open mind about schools that may capture his interest.
Richland Northeast head coach Jay Frye senses “a little something extra” in his Cavalier football team as official preseason practice gets underway next week. Frye’s optimism is based on the intensity and chemistry that his team showed during off-season workouts, including performance in passing league, conditioning drills and work in the weight room. Frye talked with us after Friday’s “FCA 7-on-7 Tourney” on the Blythewood High School campus.
Richland Northeast sophomore James Fuller-Davis scored a career high 21 points to lead the Cavs to a 61-55 upset win over Dreher in a Region IV-AAA match-up Friday night. Fuller-Davis’ outburst included 13 points in the fourth quarter, including a clutch 8-9 at the free throw line, to keep the Blue Devils at bay.
Richland Northeast defeated Dreher 61-55 on Friday night in a Region IV-AAA match-up in the Cavaliers’ gym. The win was a huge one for coach Aaron Lucas’ team, which turned back every run the state’s top-ranked 3A team made at his young squad. Sophomore James Fuller-Davis scored a career-high 21 to lead the Cavs. Dreher star Tevin Mack led all scorers with 24 points, but did not play in the first quarter or during the first 6 minutes of the third. Blue Devils’ coach Jeff DiBattisto said after the game that sitting Mack for the better part of two quarters was “an internal disciplinary move”.