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Fort Dorchester’s Dakereon Joyner named Mr. Football 2017


By David Shelton

Senior Writer

North Charleston - Fort Dorchester quarterback Dakereon Joyner was named the 2017 Mr. Football award winner on Saturday at halftime of the Touchstone Energy North-South all-star game in Myrtle Beach on December 9th.

Joyner was selected from among five finalists for the honor, which is presented by the South Carolina Athletic Coaches Association and sponsored by Touchstone Energy.

“I am very humbled to receive this award,” Joyner said. “Some former legends like Marcus Lattimore, Jadaveon Clowney and Stephon Gilmore, they all went to South Carolina and won this award. I am blessed and honored to get this award.”

Joyner, a University of South Carolina commitment and January enrollee, wrapped up his playing career with 9,745 passing yards and 3,324 rushing yards, combining for 157 touchdowns. He was a full-time starter for three seasons and played in several games as a freshman.

In three seasons as a starter, Joyner led the Patriots to a 40-3 record and three appearances in the Lower State finals. Fort Dorchester finished 15-0 and won the Class AAAA state title in 2015. The Patriots lost to Dutch Fork in the Class AAAAA Lower State finals, ending their 2017 season with a 13-1 record.

In 2017, playing only a half in several games due to blowout scores, Joyner passes for 2,376 yards and 31 touchdowns while rushing for 980 yards and 18 touchdowns. He completed 64.9 percent of his pass attempts this season.

“I couldn’t do any of this without my coaches and family and all of those who supported me all these years,” Joyner said. “I want to thank everyone. I love their support. I wake up everyday glad to be a Patriot. I will forever be a Patriot.”

Other finalists for the award included Newberry running back Amir Abrams, Chapman quarterback Colton Bailey, Spring Valley linebacker Channing Tindall and Spartanburg linebacker Connor Shugart.

Joyner was selected to the South Carolina Shrine Bowl team. The game is set for December 16th in Spartanburg. A few weeks later, Joyner will enroll in classes at South Carolina and begin preparing for spring practice.


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