Local high school football alumni claim national title with Clemson

Posted January 10

Dexter Lawrence (71) after a tough series.  Wake Forest Cougars was out matched tonight by Mallard Creek Mavericks with a score of 59 to 21.  (Photo by: Suzie Wolf)

— Ten former local-area high school football players reached the top of the college football mountain Monday night as members of the Clemson Tigers.

The underdog Tigers came from behind to down the No. 1-ranked Alabama Crimson Tide, 35-31, at Raymond James Stadium in Tampa Bay to claim the 2017 College Football Playoff National Championship.

Clemson avenged last season's championship game loss to Alabama Monday night to claim its first football national title since 1981, when the Tigers defeated No. 4-ranked Nebraska, 22-15, in the Orange Bowl.

Tyrone Crowder (RS Jr.) – OG, Richmond

Crowder started in all 15 games for the Tigers this season at right guard.

Football: Green Hope vs Holly Springs (Oct. 24, 2014)

Austin Jackson (So.) – S, Green Hope

Jackson sat out during the 2016 season as a redshirt after transferring from East Tennessee State University.

Cleveland vs Riverside on Sept. 27, 2013

Sterling Johnson (RS Fr.) – DE, Cleveland

Johnson recorded five tackles in three games for Clemson this season versus South Carolina State, Syracuse and South Carolina.

Football: Wake Forest vs. Broughton (Sept. 28, 2015)

Dexter Lawrence (Fr.) – DT, Wake Forest

One of the highest rated freshmen defensive tackles in the country, Lawrence finished fourth on the squad with 78 tackles. Lawrence appeared in all 15 games – starting in 11 –tallying 21 quarterback pressures, 9.5 tackles for loss and seven sacks.

Jack Britt vs. Southern Durham (Aug. 31, 2012)

Sean Mac Lain (Sr.) – WR, Jack Britt

Mac Lain tallied one catch for three yards this season in the Tigers’ 54-0 win against the Syracuse Orange.

Pinecrest's Sean Pollard

Sean Pollard (Fr.) – OT, Pinecrest

Pollard started at right tackle during Clemson’s final six regular season and three postseason games.

Northern Guilford vs. Cardinal Gibbons (Nov. 26, 2010)

Connor Prevost (Sr.) – LB, Cardinal Gibbons

Prevost appeared in the Tigers’ contests against South Carolina State and South Carolina. He was featured on Clemson’s special teams unit against S.C. State and made one tackle in six plays against the Gamecocks.

Trevion Thompson (RS So.) – WR, Hillside

Thompson tallied 11 catches for 108 yards and one touchdown during the Tigers’ title run. He garnered an average of 9.8 yards per catch and posted a long of 25 yards.

The second-year receiver reeled in a 7-yard touchdown pass from Kelly Bryant in Clemson’s 59-0 drubbing of South Carolina State.

Football: Chapel Hill vs Southern Durham (Nov 28,  2014)

Logan Tisch (RS Fr.) – OG, Chapel Hill

Tisch saw action in three games for Clemson this season versus South Carolina State, Syracuse and South Carolina. He played a season-high 15 snaps against SC State.

Chapel Hill vs. Hillside (Aug. 9, 2012)

Korrin Wiggins (RS Jr.) – S, Hillside

Wiggins earned one start in seven games this season for Clemson and tallied 13 tackles. He recorded a season-high three tackles against Auburn and Louisville and earned his only start of the season against Boston College.


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