Augusta Christian quarterback Tyler Roberson should be a household name in Columbia County football. After all, how many kids start at the quarterback position for four years?
I can answer that – none. That is how many I know of in my lifetime in Columbia County.
Heck, just to start for four years in high school is extremely rare. Starting at quarterback is unheard of. Despite that incredible feat, Roberson has flown under the radar for several reasons.
First, he plays at a private school that competes in the South Carolina Independent School League. Kids at other Columbia County schools have the luxury of playing against one another as a measuring stick. They also play plenty of rivalry games that grab headlines.
Roberson has always had other talented players around him who were either being recruited or put up bigger numbers. This year, as a senior, Roberson is doing his best to garner the headlines.
The 6-2, 205-pound signal-caller is off to a brilliant start. Through three games, and three victories, he put up numbers that warrant early County Player of the Year talk. He has completed 38 of 54 passes for a 70.4 percent completion rate.
He isn’t just tossing screen passes, either. He has thrown for 704 yards. That is a staggering 18.5 yards per completion. He also has thrown six touchdowns without a single interception.
Those stats alone would put him at the head of the class in terms of Player of the Year talk, but he is doing more than throw the ball. Roberson has run the ball 24 times for 191 yards and four touchdowns.
Roberson has come a long way since he got under center for the Lions four years ago and college recruiters have taken notice. Roberson is being recruited by several quality programs, including Middle Tennessee State, UT-Chattanooga, South Alabama, Appalachian State, Tusculum and Coastal Carolina.
Roberson is engineering an offense that is among the highest-scoring in the Augusta area, averaging more than 42 points per game.
He has not done it alone. Junior running back Thomas Banks has rushed for 272 yards and five touchdowns on just 41 carries and junior wide receiver Nick Fortenberry has emerged as one of the area’s top pass-catchers. Fortenberry has hauled in 21 passes for a stunning 452 yards and a pair of touchdowns.
There is no doubt that Banks and Fortenberry are key parts of the Lions squad, but Roberson is the leader. If he keeps putting up numbers at this pace he will be tough to beat in the race for Columbia County Player of the Year.