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Ashley Brown: Columbia County players will be key for Team Georgia in Border Bowl

Posted: January 11, 2017 - 2:41am

This Saturday, the top senior football players in the CSRA will square off in Border Bowl IV.

The game pits the top players from Georgia versus the best South Carolina has to offer in a "Battle For the Paddle" all to benefit the Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta. This is a tremendous opportunity for the players. They will be going head to head with the best players in the area, and it gives them one last opportunity to impress college scouts ahead of next month's National Signing Day.

The first three games have been a huge success, and the event continues to get bigger and better. Team Georgia holds a 2 games to 1 advantage over Team South Carolina. If they want to keep that lead, Team Georgia will be relying heavily on players from Columbia County to engineer another win. As a matter of fact, the skill positions for Team Georgia are almost all held down by players from Columbia County programs.

Leading the way are the two quarterbacks for Team Georgia. First Team All-County and All-Region QB Levin Lackey of Evans and strong-armed Greenbrier product Caleb Clark will handle the snaps from center. Also, the quarterbacks will be coached by former Lakeside and Greenbrier Head Coach Jarrett Troxler, who will also serve as the offensive coordinator for Team Georgia.

A few other quarterbacks from Columbia County will suit up for Team Georgia. Harlem QB Lane Phillips is listed as an Athlete for Team Georgia. He rushed for more than 1,000 yards and led the county with 14 rushing touchdowns this season. He also threw for more than 500 yards and a pair of scores.

Another athlete for Team Georgia who played quarterback this season is Lakeside speedster Nick Reid. Reid will lineup at wide receiver Saturday, which is likely going to be his position if he plays college ball. He battled through injuries all season, but a healthy Reid for this Saturday could be trouble for Team Carolina.

Another wide receiver of Team Georgia will be Grovetown's Justin Gibbs. Like Reid, Gibbs was hampered by injuries most of the season, but he still managed to haul in 36 passes for the Warriors. He will be one of the most heavily recruited players on the sidelines Saturday, with more than 20 scholarship Division I offers already.

Team Carolina will also have to contend with one of the area's top running backs in Evans's Latravius Holiday. Holiday rushed for 1,169 yards and 12 TDs for the Knights and was also a standout for the Evans Defense.

In addition to the skill position players representing Columbia County in Border Bowl IV, here is the complete list of players and coaches from Columbia County who will be on the sidelines this weekend.

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Players

Levin Lackey (QB, Evans)

Caleb Clark (QB, Evans)

Latravious Holiday (RB, Evans)

Lane Phillips (ATH, Harlem)

Justin Gibbs (WR, Grovetown)

Nick Reid (WR, Lakeside)

Hamp Gibbs (DE, Augusta Prep)

Parker Stokes (DL, Evans & Jefferson Co.)

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Coaches
Todd Booker (Harlem): Running Backs

Lem Lackey (Evans): Safeties

Damien Postell (Grovetown): Cornerbacks

 

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