Area players showcase skills in Border Bowl Classic
The high school football season may have officially ended three weeks ago, but there was football played Saturday, Jan. 14 at Laney High School in Augusta, Ga.
The fourth annual Border Bowl was played at Laney High School and the contest featured several area players, coaches and cheerleaders.
In the end, it was Team South Carolina that scored a 22-20 victory to even the series between Georgia at two games apiece.
Ahead 22-20 with 1:47 left to play, Team South Carolina’s lead was in jeopardy as Team Georgia drove to its three-yard line.
With 16.3 seconds remaining, Team Georgia attempted a field goal that would have given them the lead. However, the holder on the play failed to handle the snap as a host of defenders swarmed over him. Strom Thurmond quarterback Tyrece Nick then followed by taking the snap and kneeling down as the clock expired.
The final results sat well with Earl Bostic Jr. of Barnwell High. Bostic, who played the end position, was one of the stars on defense, finishing with seven tackles, including three for losses and three quarterback pressures.
“This was my last high school football game and I wanted to walk away as a winner,” Bostic said.
Also making an impact on the defensive front for Team South Carolina was Allendale-Fairfax High tackle Deon Priester. Priester wreaked havoc in the trenches, clogging up running lanes all afternoon. He finished with six tackles, including two for losses and a sack.
“It definitely was a lot of fun to play in the game. Overall, I thought I played pretty well,” Priester said.
The defensive standouts didn’t stop there. D’Najee Whosendove of Allendale-Fairfax High, Jack McDonald of Bamberg-Ehrhardt High and Tyshawn Allen of Williston-Elko High also made their presence felt.
Whosendove was one of the more active players in the secondary. Whosendove, who had four pass breakups, also made several outstanding open field tackles and nearly hauled in a one-handed interception in the fourth quarter.
Whosendove was interviewed by News 6 of Augusta during the telecast and he announced he was signing with Georgia Southern.
“I want to thank my family for all their support,” Whosendove said. “I like the atmosphere at Georgia Southern. I think it’s a good fit for my football skills and I’ll also have an opportunity to get a great college education.”
One of the more versatile players on the day was Tyshawn Allen. Allen played outside linebacker and was credited with nine tackles. He also returned a kickoff 35 yards on the team’s winning touchdown drive.
On the offensive side of the ball, Bamberg-Ehrhardt High’s Jamari Dunbar had a superb showing with three touchdowns. Dunbar’s two-yard run with 2:59 left to play put Team South Carolina up for good.
Barnwell High’s Marcus McKethan helped anchor an offensive line that paved openings for nearly 200 yards of rushing. McKethan, who was also interviewed by News 6, said he will attend the University of North Carolina next fall.
Hunter McClary of Blackville-Hilda was supposed to be part of that group, but McClary suffered a knee injury earlier in the week and had to watch the game from the sideline.
“It’s a little disappointing because I wanted to be out there with my teammates,” McClary said. “I had a lot of fun preparing for the game and I made a lot of new friends.”
Also contributing on offense was Richard Garvin of Allendale-Fairfax and Jashaun Wilson of Bamberg-Ehrhardt High.
Garvin, who rushed for nearly 2,000 yards this season, didn’t get the playing time he expected.
However, the times Garvin touched the ball he produced positive gains, including an eight-yard gain on a swing pass in the second quarter.
“I would have liked to have played a little more, but I’m a team player and just being here was a great experience,” said Garvin.
Nathan Toole of Barnwell High pulled double duty, handling the punting and kicking duties. Toole’s 21-yard field goal late in the second quarter gave Team South Carolina a 9-7 halftime lead.
Anton Buxton of Barnwell High was also selected to play in the game.
The game also featured area coaches Dwayne Garrick of Barnwell High, Derek Youngblood of Williston-Elko High and Barnwell High cheerleader Madison Collins.