Four Columbia County high-school football players were selected to the All-Region 3-AAAA team, and one nailed down top honors.
Greenbrier quarterback Brooks Robinson was named Region 3-AAAA Offensive Player of the Year. Wolfpack teammates Rashad Dunn and Eugene Rogers were all-region, as was Lakeside's Philip Sadler.
The all-region team was selected by a vote of the region's 11 head coaches, and was announced last week.
"Friday nights are the fun part. A lot of work in the off-season, practice and lifting weight is what got them to this point," Greenbrier coach Mickey Derrick said of his all-region players.
The Pack posted a 7-4 record and advanced to the Class AAAA state playoffs in 2003. Robinson, who missed most of his junior season with an injury, came back strong as a senior and was a major force in Greenbrier's playoff run last fall.
Lakesides Philip Sadler was named to the All-Region 3-AAAA football team.
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"Being named Offensive Player of the Year is pretty big thing, because it's an honor to just be on the all-region team," Derrick said. "It's just good when your players are recognized after all the hard work they put in."
Robinson threw for more than 1,600 yards, completed 56 percent of his passes with 17 touchdowns and had only five interceptions.
Rogers made the all-region team at wide out. During the 2003 campaign he led the entire CSRA in catches (47) and touchdowns by a receiver (10). The junior also excelled at defensive back, and was a dangerous return man on special teams.
Dunn made the all-region team as an offensive lineman. He was three-year starter at guard for the Pack and served as a senior co-captain last season.
Sadler was an all-region selection at running back. The senior rushed for nearly 800 yards on just 114 carries and tallied 13 touchdowns. He also was a key receiver for the Panthers.
"He'd gotten stronger and faster, and it seemed like he became a more elusive runner," Lakeside coach Randy Hill said. "I think his dedication and work in the weight room really helped him out."
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