Posted On: 03/23/21 1:01 PM

Daniel’s Class 3A state title run included a 52-31 victory over Camden. Quarterback Trent Pearman Trent Pearman 6'2" | QB DW Daniel | 2022 SC capped off his ridiculous junior season with a six-touchdown performance in that game.

And while the Class of 2022 rising star was the talking point for much of the way, coach Jeff Fruster’s team is ultra-experienced heading into the fall. It’s difficult to say that the Lions have the best chance of repeating among the state’s defending five champions (Dutch Fork probably gets that nod since they’ve won every Class 5A title since South Carolina went to five divisions). But we wouldn’t advise betting against Daniel.

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Pearman didn’t put up all those points by himself in 2020, nor will he be expected to do next season.

Keep in mind that he’ll still have his favorite target, Eli Merck Eli Merck 6'1" | WR DW Daniel | 2023 State SC , in uniform. As a sophomore, the 6-foot-1, 180-pound receiver was among the most prolific pass-catchers in the state, hauling in 43 receptions for 1,082 yards and 16 touchdowns in 10 games.

With the next three best receivers graduating, it will also open up a ton of targets for rising senior Cameron Spadafina, who had 24 catches for 350 yards and three touchdowns

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