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Ashley Brown: Despite Team Georgia loss, Columbia County players performed well

Posted: January 18, 2017 - 3:09am

Border Bowl IV was a huge success. A great game in front of a terrific crowd for a wonderful cause. Ronald McDonald House Charities of Augusta was the benefactor financially, but the fans in attendance were also given a sensational show as Team South Carolina won a back-and-forth affair, 22-20.

While Team South Carolina won to even the all-time series at two games apiece, several Columbia County players had outstanding afternoons in defeat. Evans QB Levin Lackey got the start for Team Georgia and finished the game 6 of 7 passing for 43 yards and had several nice runs for the Georgia offense. He also tossed a 25-yard scoring strike to stake his team to a 7-0 lead near the end of the first quarter.

Lackey was not the only Columbia County QB to turn in a solid performance. Greenbrier's Caleb Clark finished 8 of 14 through the air for 94 yards. He also engineered what look to be the winning drive in the closing minutes. However, on placekicker David Ardrey's (ARC) 27-yard, game-winning field goal attempt, the snap was a little low and behind holder Lane Phillips of Harlem. Phillips was unable to get the ball down, so he flipped the ball to Ardrey, in hopes he could make something happen, but he was tackled by the South Carolina defense to seal a win for the Palmetto State.

The star of the game for Team Georgia was Grovetown WR Justin Gibbs. The 6-foor-2, 200-pound wideout has more than 20 Division I offers and he showed all onlookers why the colleges are so interested by making several circus catches in route to a nine-catch day. He also finished with 112 yards and a touchdown. It had to feel good for him considering he had to play his entire senior season at less than 100 percent due to a nagging ankle injury. A healthy Gibbs meant trouble for Team South Carolina's defense.

Gibbs did most of his damage in the first half, because Team South Carolina's defensive coordinator, Dwayne Garrick of Barnwell, used double teams and had his top cover corners handling the assignment of stopping Gibbs in the second half. With D.J. Whosendove (Allendale-Fairfax/Georgia Southern) and South Aiken's Star Tancey Richardson on Gibbs after the intermission, they were able to slow down the talented pass catcher.

Gibbs has offers from Mississippi State, Wake Forest, Indiana, Iowa, Illinois, Purdue, Southern Miss, Georgia Southern, Cincinnati, U Mass, Charlotte, Ball State, Miami (OH), Appalachian State, Mercer, Tulane, Liberty, Texas-San Antonio, Western Carolina and Middle Tennessee State. He is also still being recruited by a dozen more programs.

Team Georgia's ground attack was also led by a Columbia County product. Evans standout Latravius Holiday carried the ball 16 times for 60 yards and a touchdown.

The game saw six lead changes and came down to the wire as South Carolina pulled out the victory. South Aiken's Tancey Richardson was named the Offensive Player of the Game and may have been the most impressive player on the field. He had 9 receptions for more than 100 yards and had 202 all-purpose yards. He has narrowed his college choices to South Carolina, Maryland, Arizona State, Colorado State, Indiana, and Kent State. Aiken defensive back Kendrick Sanders, who had a key interception late the game, earned Defensive Player of the Game Honors.

If you missed the action, but would like to see it. You are in luck, because the game will re-air at noon Sunday on WJBF News Channel 6.

 

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