An emotional Mickey Crocker accepted the first Joe Watson Award during the Greenville Touchdown Club meeting Wednesday at the Phoenix Inn.
The award, presented to an assistant football coach in honor of the late J.L. Mann defensive coordinator and on behalf of WRIX-FM and The Evening Sports Page, will be given each week at the Touchdown Club meeting.
J.L. Mann coach Brian Strickland presented the award to Crocker, now an assistant at Palmetto High School. Crocker and Watson, who died May 16, were together for 17 years — first as assistants at Fairfield Central and then when Crocker was head coach and Watson defensive coordinator at Mann.
“This award means a lot to me,” Crocker said. “There are two men that I think about every day — one of them is my dad, and one of them is Joe Watson. … What I’m most proud of is, even though I was the head coach, I worked with Joe. Joe did not work for me. I’m proud of that, and I’m proud of this award.”
• The Greenville High School football jamboree, featuring six Greenville County teams, is scheduled for 6 p.m. Friday at Sirrine Stadium.
The jamboree will kick off with Southside taking on Anderson Christian, followed by Carolina vs. St. Joseph’s at 7 p.m.; Hillcrest vs. Boiling Springs at 8 p.m.; and Mauldin vs. Greenville at 9 p.m. Admission is $6.
“There’ll be some Division I talent on display,” Greenville coach David Crane said Wednesday during a news conference at Tommy’s Ham House. “There will be a number of guys there with offers.”
Boiling Springs has senior offensive lineman Noah Green, who has committed to Clemson, as well as quarterback Daniel Thompson, who has committed to Elon.
Greenville wide receiver Jalen Wilkes has offers from Elon and Charleston Southern, Crane said.
Carolina coach Reuben Wright said his team is rebuilding after the graduation of Louisville recruit Zach Cannon and other skill-position players.
“We’ve got two good running backs in Tracey Scott and Quincey McCauley,” Wright said. “We’ll be looking for them to carry a little bit of the load in the running game this year.”
• Three 2014 graduates — J.L. Mann’s Parks Schoen, T.L. Hanna’s Natalie Ivey and Palmetto Christian Academy’s Austin Heinz — have been awarded $2,000 scholarships by the South Carolina Tennis Patrons Foundation.
Schoen, who signed with Wofford College, received the Heffron Memorial Scholarship Award, named for the late South Carolina tennis advocate and champion.
Ivey (Clemson) received the Lucy Garvin Scholarship, named for the Greer resident who was formerly USTA president. Heinz received the Jim Russell Scholarship, named for the late former president of the South Carolina Tennis Association.