Four Wolves named to Orangeburg Touchdown Club all-state team


Four Wolves named to Orangeburg Touchdown Club all-state team
Thursday, January 12, 2012

ORANGEBURG, S.C. - Four Newberry College Wolves have been named to the Orangeburg Touchdown Club's 2011 all-state team, which will be honored at a banquet at The Cinema in Orangeburg on Monday, January 16.

Running back John Gadson (North Charleston, S.C.), center Chase Gamble (Dallas, N.C.), defensive tackle Arterio Arnold (Greenville, S.C.) and linebacker Apollo Stretch (Columbia, S.C.) are Newberry's four honorees.

Furman had the most selections with six, followed by Wofford (5), Newberry (4), The Citadel, South Carolina State, Charleston Southern, Presbyterian with three each, Coastal Carolina (2) and North Greenville (1).

Tickets for the banquet are $30 and can be purchased at the door or by contacting the Orangeburg County Chamber of Commerce (803-534-6821), S.C. State Ticket Office (803-536-8579) or Centrix Promotions (803-531-8503).

The Wolves' leading rusher, Gadson ranked seventh in the South Atlantic Conference in yards per game at 60.2 yards per game despite having his season shortened by injury. The first-team all-conference selection had the sixth-longest rushing play in school history with an 81-yard touchdown carry against UNC Pembroke and had two 100-yard games.

Gamble earned first-team all-SAC and second team DAKTRONICS and third team Don Hansen's all-Super Region Two honors after starting every game the last three seasons and playing center on an offensive line which finished the regular season ranked second in the country in sacks allowed (5) in 10 games.

Arnold earned first team all-SAC honors after making 38 tackles in nine games, including 11 against Mars Hill. He also had six tackles for loss, three sacks, two forced fumbles and two quarterback hurries and a fumble return for a touchdown against North Greenville which was the Wolves' first touchdown of the season.

Stretch finished as the South Atlantic Conference leader in tackles per game at 10.5 stops per contest and 105 total tackles. He had eight tackles for loss and three sacks. He had double-digit tackle numbers in five of the 10 games, including 17 in the Bishops Trophy game at Lenoir-Rhyne. He averaged 11.1 stops in conference games in earning BSN third team All-American honors as well as first team all-SAC and DAKTRONICS all-Super Region Two honors and second team Don Hansen's All-Super Region Two honors.

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