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Lakeside players star in Georgia bowl win

Posted: January 15, 2014 - 12:04am
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Georgia quarterback Hunter Banks, of Lakeside, throws a pass in the first quarter as Georgia defeated South Carolina 24-10 in the inaugural Border Bowl at Laney Memorial Stadium.  Photo by Jon-Michael Sullivan
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Georgia quarterback Hunter Banks, of Lakeside, throws a pass in the first quarter as Georgia defeated South Carolina 24-10 in the inaugural Border Bowl at Laney Memorial Stadium.

All Kendall White had to do was fall on the ball – no running needed.

The Lakeside High School lineman recovered two fumbles and scored a defensive touchdown in Team Georgia’s 24-10 win over Team South Carolina in the inaugural Border Bowl on Sunday.

Georgia forced five turnovers in the win.

“I scored a touchdown my freshman year on JV, a 98-yard pick-six,” said White, who was named Georgia’s defensive player of the game.

“I thought that, being on the D-line, that my glory days of scoring were over.”

But White’s touchdown was the first score as Georgia never trailed. With Georgia leading 21-10 in the fourth quarter, the Lakeside senior landed on another fumble, this time after a sack.

As Georgia’s defense contained dual threat quarterback Jauveer Hammond and had two interceptions, the offense had more than enough.

“Everybody was executing and swarming to the ball,” said Georgia lineman Willie Yarbary, of Richmond Academy. “I got to give mad props to the D-linemen.”

Georgia led 21-7 at the half as the teams turned it over a combined five times.

Though South Aiken’s Bo Baldwin showed perfect touch on a bomb that hit South Carolina offensive MVP Keyon West in stride on a 68-yard pass to tie the game, Georgia scored the first half’s other 14 points.

Those two touchdowns read the same: Lakeside’s Hunter Banks to Chris Lambert.

The Aquinas receiver was a go-to target in the red zone, leading to 67 receiving yards in the first half. Banks was prolific through the air, with his 139 first-half passing yards and two scores easily offsetting an interception in the end zone.

Banks finished 8 for 16 for 153 yards and the two touchdowns. The Lakeside quarterback commanded the team for much of the game, helping them jump to the early lead.

“We knew the coverage and I trusted (Lambert),” Banks said. “He’s a smart football player. When I threw the ball up, he would come down with it.”

The first score between Banks and Lambert was a 22-yard connection that came with 4:16 left in the first quarter. Georgia coach Jarrett Troxler, who coached Banks at Lakeside, went back to the well before halftime on a 17-yard touchdown pass between the two with 54 seconds left.

“Lambert did a great job completing assignments,” Troxler said.

“He stayed sharp throughout the game. Banks is just a good quarterback. Some people don’t realize how good he is. He did a good job today, and I’m proud of them.”

One day after severe weather postponed action, Sunday saw clear blue skies.

It was worth the wait for Georgia.

“God has ways of correcting everything,” Troxler said.

“I don’t think it could have been a better day. This is awesome.”

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