COLUMBIA – In Saturday’s AAAA D-1 state championship game, Dakereon Joyner threw for 303 yards with three touchdowns and rushed for 63 yards and a score.
He led Fort Dorchester (15-0) to the school’s first ever state title, a 59-31 win over Dorman at Williams-Brice Stadium.
Now, the sophomore quarterback can turn his focus to his favorite quarterback. On Saturday night, he’ll watch the Heisman Trophy ceremony to see if Deshaun Watson picks up some hardware at the Downtown Athletic Club.
“It’s very exciting. I can’t wait to get home and watch,” Joyner said. “Deshaun deserves it. He’s a humble (guy)…he reminds me of myself so much.”
This season, Joyner threw for 3,197 yards with 30 touchdowns. On the ground, he gained 1,021 yards and scored 18 touchdowns.
Watson’s numbers are similar: 3,512 yards with 30 touchdowns through the air, 887 yards and 11 touchdowns on the ground.
“I just really look up to him,” Joyner said.
The four-star is also impressed with Clemson’s undefeated run to the top seed in the College Football Playoffs.
“That’s a terrific team,” Joyner said. “Coach Dabo Swinney is a great coach. They’ve got a great offensive line, great defense and they gel together like brothers, just like us.”
As far as recruiting goes, that’s been on the back burner for Joyner, who spent the last several months focused on his team.
“The whole year, I really sat back and didn’t worry about recruiting, but I’m going to pick back up on it this Monday coming up,” he said.
Clemson assistants Danny Pearman and Robbie Caldwell were among the college coaches on hand.