• Channel 9 announces 'Big 22' Player of the Year

    By: Phil Orban


    Thousands of votes were tallied in the last round of voting in WSOC-TV’s Channel 9 “Big 22” contest brought to you by Bojangles’ Famous Chicken’n Biscuits. The high school football player who received the most public votes and has now been named as “Big 22 Player of the Year” is Derion Kendrick of South Pointe High School in Rock Hill, South Carolina.

    A celebration is planned at South Pointe High School, where the school will receive a $10,000 donation (use of prize money to be allocated and determined by the school principal) along with a personalized trophy, all provided by WSOC-TV and Bojangles’ Famous Chicken’n Biscuits.

    Prior to the season, coaches in the Charlotte viewing area were asked to nominate up to five high-school football players to be considered for the “Big 22” players to watch in 2016. After reviewing the coach’s nominations, the final 22 were chosen by the Channel 9 sports team.

    Out of the top 22 players five finalists were determined by a percentage of public votes and a percentage of votes from the WSOC-TV Sports Team. Kendrick along with four other finalists, were named: JT Cauthen of Cuthbertson High School; Drake Deluliis of Providence High School; Chase Monroe of Davidson Day School and Sage Surratt of Lincolnton High School.  

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