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GISA All-Region football team has Buccaneer feel

It just keeps getting better for Bob Wills.

A little more than a week after the senior Briarwood quarterback learned that he was one of 35 players to play in Saturday's GISA vs. SCISA All-Star game, he was named an All-State player in GISA Class AA. Dominant lineman Scott Wills was Briarwood's other All-State contribution.

While the Bucs only had two make it to the All-State squad, they had nine players on the All-Region team. They were: Josh Gardner, Chandler Harris, Tyler Wester, Scott Wills, Jeff Kent, Jason Holley, Bob Wills, Burt Goolsby and Morgan Howard.

"We pretty much dominated the list, us and Brentwood," said Briarwood Head Coach Jimmy Barnett. "And they all deserved it. This is other coaches voting, so I was proud of that. You've also got a lot of juniors on this list, and then you have Wester here as a sophomore. That shows that we have a little something going there."

But Coach Barnett said he was disappointed that he didn't have more players selected as All-State.

"(What we got) is pretty good, but I really thought Gardner should have made it, and I felt like Kent should have made it," he said.

In fact, Coach Barnett felt so strongly about the solid play of Gardner that at Tuesday night's fall sports athletic banquet he awarded the senior tight end, punter, quarterback and linebacker the Coach's Award for all-around excellent play.

"He kicked, played quarterback, played tight end; he played everything. The award went to the kid that ignited the season, and every time went back to that award, it was Gardner," said Coach Barnett. "He made the plays; he had the attitude, and he had to win it."

Bob Wills won team most valuable player. Tyler Wester won most valuable offensive back; most valuable defensive back went to Jeff Kent. Scott Wills was crowned as the team's most valuable defensive lineman, and Jason Holley was named the most valuable offensive lineman. All awards were voted on by Briarwood players.

Coach Barnett said overall he was pleased with the accolades bestowed on his players.

"We had a great, great year. We can't complain over here," he said. "There won't be any sad eyes anywhere. We've got these kids these honors -- to have nine All-Region ballplayers and two All-State -- they didn't expect it when we started it, I promise."



Web posted on Thursday, December 4, 2003











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