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Columbia County well represented at Border Bowl II

Posted: November 12, 2014 - 1:18am  |  Updated: November 12, 2014 - 4:29am

Today’s column is regarding some good news for local football players. Recently, WJBF News Channel 6 announced the rosters for Border Bowl II and 15 players from Columbia County were named to the initial roster. That is an increase over the 11 Columbia County players that were selected to play in last year’s Border Bowl. There is a chance that more could be added if conflicts arise with some of the selected participants.

Lakeside has the most players from any school in the CSRA with nine on the Georgia roster. The game features the CSRA’s top senior performers from Georgia versus the very best that South Carolina has to offer. Players from approximately 60 schools are eligible to play and the teams are selected by area coaches.

For the second straight year Team Georgia will be led by a head coach from Columbia County. Last year, Jarret Troxler led the Georgia squad to a 24-10 victory over South Carolina in the “Battle for the Paddle.” Also, one of Troxler’s players, Kendall White, was named the game’s Most Valuable Defensive Player.

White, who now plays at Paine College, forced one fumble, recovered two fumbles, including one for a touchdown in Team Georgia’s win. This time around Troxler’s replacement at Lakeside, Steve Hibbetts, has been named head coach of Team Georgia. Hibbetts served as an assistant on last year’s victorious squad in Border Bowl I.

Border Bowl II will be played at Lucy Laney Memorial Stadium on Saturday, Jan. 10 at 1 p.m. The game will be televised on WJBF and proceeds from the game go to benefit Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta.

Here are a few ways you can get information on the game, roster updates and ticket giveaways:

Facebook:
www.facebook.com/gascborderbowl

Twitter: @gasc_borderbowl

Instagram: @borderbowl

Here are the Columbia County players chosen for the game:

Matlin Marshall, QB, Evans

Myreon Bennett, DE, Evans

Devin Lampkin, DL, Evans

Warren Coombs, WR, Greenbrier

Kelby Brown, OL, Greenbrier

Keshon Jones, DL, Grovetown

Connor Kubala, LS, Lakeside

Joey Shaffer, OL, Lakeside

Nick McGee, OL, Lakeside

Josh Jones, RB, Lakeside

Jamal Harrison, RB, Lakeside

Emory Carney, DE, Lakeside

B.J. Raymond, DB/WR, Lakeside

Stephen Houzah, DB, Returns, Lakeside

Rashad Roundtree, DB, Lakeside

 

The number of Columbia County participants would have been higher had Jamal Richard (who was almost a shoe-in for the game) not gotten hurt and Augusta Christian offensive lineman Zach Giella was not planning to graduate early and enroll at Clemson.

The number still could grow if conflicts arise for players chosen to the game. The first two names I would like to see added to the team would be Josh Pierce (RB-Greenbrier) and Luke Harmon (WR-Lakeside). Pierce began the season as a backup, but produced some huge games down the stretch for the Pack, including back-to-back 250-yard games. Harmon played for a Lakeside team that was loaded with weapons at wide receiver, including a pair of players with multiple scholarship offers. However, he still managed to put up solid numbers and was Mr. Dependable when the ball was thrown his way. Harmon would have likely been the top target for any other team in Columbia County.

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