Thursday, December 26, 2013
While North Augusta High School’s football season has been complete for more than a month, Jackets coach Dan Pippin has continued coaching in all-star games.
Pippin, who was the offensive coordinator for South Carolina in the Shrine Bowl victory over North Carolina, will now lead the Palmetto State against Georgia. Pippin will be the head coach for the South Carolina squad and will go up against Lakeside coach Jarrett Troxler and his team of Georgia stars.
“We’re excited about this game,” Pippin said. “It’s going to be a lot of fun to compete against the kids from Georgia.”
The inaugural Border Bowl is a chance for Pippin to coach his seniors one more time, with 11 Jackets on the South Carolina roster.
“I’m going to have a good time with them,” Pippin said of his former Jackets. “I’m going to enjoy being around those guys one more time. There are some good kids in that group.”
Along with the North Augusta players are six Strom Thurmond players, three representatives from South Aiken and a lone star from Fox Creek, Deondre Baskett.
Baskett, who will be a defensive back for the game, called his selection to the Border Bowl an “honor.”
“It’s a great honor to be one of the many stars picked to play in the Border Bowl,” Baskett said. “It’s a bigger honor for me because I was the only one picked from my school. I look forward to playing with other players from different schools.”
Border Bowl practice will begin on Friday at 11 a.m. at North Augusta High School. Pippin said he hopes to keep the Border Bowl experience “fun” for the players.
“We want to make it as much fun as possible for them,” he said. “That’s something we did at the Shrine Bowl, keeping it fun, and I want to do that at the Border Bowl. This game is a celebration of these kids and what they did during their careers.”
The inaugural Border Bowl will be televised live by WJBF-News Channel 6 in partnership with The Augusta Chronicle. The seniors-only game will be played at 1 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 11, at Lucy C. Laney Stadium, 1339 Laney Walker Blvd., Augusta. Proceeds from the game will go to Ronald McDonald House.
T.J. Lundeen is a reporter for The Star. Follow him on Twitter @lundeentj for more updates.