Hanahan's Green and BE's Jeresaty to play in North-South game
Hanahan defensive linemen Dominique Green has been selected to play in the 2015 Touchstone Energy Cooperatives North-South game. It is scheduled for Dec. 12 at Doug Shaw Stadium in Myrtle Beach.
“I’m ready for it right now,” said the star player who has had a big role in the Hawks’ successful, 7-2 season. “To me, it’s a big deal. To me, it’s a great honor.”
But first, there’s business to be taken care of before he competes in the game, which features some of the top seniors in the state. Green and his team have the Region-AAA championship in their sights. The long-term goal is to capture an elusive state championship.
Green was one of 11 players from the Lowcountry to be selected to play in the prestigious game. Another local player on the list is Bishop England lineman Blake Jeresaty. He also is a lineman.
Hanahan coach Charlie Patterson has high praise for the 265-pound senior.
“He is, arguably, the best football player on the team because of what he brings on both sides of the ball,” Patterson said. “He’s a big factor in our run-stop and he can catch the football on offense. He plays H-back-tight end and he’s 265 pounds. Any time he gets into the secondary; I don’t think a lot of guys want anything to do with him.”
Green credits his versatility to playing football in the backyard when he was growing up.
“I can catch the ball,” Green said. “Back in the day, I played quarterback, running back, receiver -- I could play any position. But in high school, I play where they need me most.”
Green has averaged about six tackles per game and he’s one of the team’s best sack men. On offense, he’s caught a dozen passes and often turns the short receptions into bruising long-gainers.”
He also plays two positions because he is very athletic. He’s a member of the Hawk’s track and field team that has won two straight state titles.
Last spring, he claimed the gold medal in the shot with a put of 52-feet, 3 inches.
He says he would love to add to haul of state championship rings with a football and another track and field ring his senior year.
He has football offers from Gardner-Webb, Lenoir-Rhyne, Newberry and North Greenville, while App State and Charleston Southern have shown interest lately.
Jeresaty, Bishop England’s North-South selection, has been a starter for most of his four years at the school.
He is no stranger to state championships. He started as a freshman during Bishop England’s state championship run in 2012.
Jeresaty started four games at tackle that memorable season in 2012, but made the move to center. He’s been a starter ever since and his technique and talent have landed him some scholarship offers. He has committed to play for Wofford.
He excels in the classroom as well, with a 3.6 GPA on a 4.0 scale heading into his senior year.
“He’s a leader,” coach John Cantey said in a preseason interview. “His leadership is so valuable.”