Thursday, January 16, 2014
Both North Augusta and Fox Creek high school football teams had solid seasons, and their play was reflected in choices for the All-Region teams.
In addition to head coach Dan Pippin being named coach of the year, North Augusta had 11 players named to the Region 5-AAAA team. Those players included quarterback Trib Reece, wide receivers Keyon West and Dre Dunbar, offensive lineman Jake Whitley, defensive linemen Brandon Maddox, Brandon Thomas, Colton Johnson, Victor Johnson and Sebastian Hernandez, linebacker Ronald Williams and defensive back Luke Smith.
For the Predators, defensive back Deondre Baskett was named to the Region 4-A team and was also the defensive player of the year. Darshon Broadwater was named to the team as well, and was also the special teams player of the year. Also being named to the team were linebackers Ty Yarbrough and Cory Lucas.
“They’re all leaders on our team and represent the leadership we want more than anything,” Russ Schneider, the team’s head coach, said. “They’re the kids you like to coach. They do what you ask, their grades are good, there’s no discipline needed and they fit the mold of All-Region from their peers.”
The voting for the All-Region teams comes from the coaches of all of the teams within the school’s regions.
“This one is probably the second most important one coming behind AAAA Division II All-State, but it really means a lot because we come from a region with great teams and the Division I state champs (Dutch Fork) and it’s a constant battle week in a week out when the region starts,” Reece, who picked up a number of offseason honors, said.
For Broadwater, the selection wouldn’t have been possible without his teammates on the special teams unit.
“I’m just grateful for my whole kickoff return team, without those guys I wouldn’t be awarded this,” he said. “I’m happy to receive this award.”
Other Jackets were also happy about receiving the recognition.
“It’s a big honor, it shows me that hard work pays off and it motivates me to work even harder this off season to have a great senior season,” Hernandez said.
“It’s an great honor to be chosen for the All-Region team. It goes to show that Hard works pays off,” Dunbar said. “It just motivates me to work even harder and get ready for the offseason and the next level.”
“With so many talented players and quality teams in our region, it’s definitely a huge honor, and I’m very grateful for receiving such an accolade,” Smith said. “God has really blessed me with so many opportunities and put so many wonderful people in my life, I can’t thank my family, coaches, and teammates enough.”
The year that was summed up best by Victor Johnson.
“It was an honor to be named All-Region, but what is a bigger honor is being on the region champ team,” he said.
Scott Rodgers is the news editor at the North Augusta Star and has been with the paper since January 2013 after previously working at the Aiken Standard.
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