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Inaugural Border Bowl at Laney is expected to be 'quite an event'

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For some, it’s a final chance to add impressive plays to an individual highlight film. For all, it’s about playing for school and state.

North Augusta High's Dan Pippin, the South Carolina coach in the Border Bowl, conducts practice Thursday. The game is today at Laney.  TODD BENNETT/STAFF
TODD BENNETT/STAFF
North Augusta High's Dan Pippin, the South Carolina coach in the Border Bowl, conducts practice Thursday. The game is today at Laney.

SLIDESHOW: Border Bowl Banquet

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The inaugural Border Bowl is scheduled to kick off at 1 p.m. today at Laney High School. Featuring a collection of the area’s best high school football talent, the game pits Georgia against South Carolina in an All-Star game.

With Lakeside coach Jarrett Troxler leading Georgia and North Augusta’s Dan Pippin coaching South Carolina, each team has practiced with two-a-days or two-hour days to try and build a new team made up of players from many different schools and styles.

“It’s a great idea – brilliant,” Troxler said. “It’s going to be quite an event,”

Both rosters are full of talent, some hailing from title contenders this past season. Defensive back Antonio Clark is just one representative from undefeated Class A private state champion Aquinas. From the other side of the river, Silver Bluff’s Shaquez Wright will suit up after rushing for more than 1,000 yards for the Class AA Division II state runner-up.

Because the event is made up of only seniors, many are embracing the Border Bowl as a final stand.

“After my last game against Creekside, I didn’t think I would be playing another game,” said Lakeside’s Hunter Banks, who will be one of Georgia’s quarterbacks. “So this is pretty cool.”

Georgia and South Carolina are armed with dangerous passers, tough tacklers and explosive runners.

“It’s been a great experience so far. I get to play with all these great players. It’s basically my last high school game. I get to play Georgia – I’m not too good with Georgia people,” North Augusta’s Kyle Saverance quipped. “We’ll show them what South Carolina boys are about.”

IF YOU GO

WHEN: 1 p.m.

WHERE: Laney Memorial Stadium

ON TELEVISION: WJBF‑Ch. 6

TICKETS: $5 at the gate


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