Lowco football stars celebrate varsity signings – Beaufort, South Carolina – Reuters


By Justin Jarrett

After a season for the ages that ended with a trip to the Class 4A state title game, a trio of Beaufort High footballers signed their letters of intent Wednesday at the school, solidifying their plans for take their career to the next level.

Standout quarterback Tyler Haley has formalized his plans to play at Newberry College next season, while star defensive end Alvin Wilson and kicker Joe Caprarola will team up at Benedict College and play on the same field where they finished their high school career.

Emotional coach Bryce Lybrand had a few words to say about each of his seniors, starting with Haley, the highly accomplished signalman who’s guided the Eagles’ offense since he was a freshman. Lybrand recounted the first time he saw Haley, who inexplicably lived up to the hype that Lybrand didn’t believe he could meet by a college quarterback.

Haley played as a freshman and started as a sophomore before his season was cut short by injury. He came back from the backhand even stronger to put on a fantastic junior season and led the Eagles to the state championship game as a senior, passing for over 2,500 yards with 16 touchdowns and rushing for nearly 600 yards and nine scores. Wolves will lose starting quarterback Dre Harris until graduation, leaving an open competition that will give Haley a chance to prove himself right away.

Wilson is a major asset to NCAA Division II Benedict, a player with D1-caliber skills who may have been overlooked in part because he intentionally flies under the radar. Lybrand joked that Wilson got frustrated with him every time his coach asked him to do an interview before the state championship game, and he’s a man of few words, but his stats spoke for him this season. .

A 6-foot-3, 240-pound defensive end, Wilson has a quick first step and is powerful on offense, making him a dangerous pass thrower. He was perhaps the Lowco’s most dominant defensive player this season with 75 tackles, 27 tackles for loss and 8.5 sacks along with three forced fumbles and two fumble recoveries. He fills a needy position for the Tigers and should have the opportunity to contribute quickly.

Lybrand mocked Caprarola for being a last-minute addition to the signing ceremony after deciding on Tuesday night that he would continue his kicking career in Colombia, the kind of move expected of the Eagles kicker. Caprarola came out of the Eagles football program as a sophomore and became one of the Lowco’s most reliable legs this season. He converted 55 of PAT’s 57 attempts and was 14 of 19 on field goals, including six on 40 yards with a 47 long, so he has the leg to help the Tigers.

“It’s great to celebrate these guys today because they certainly deserve it,” Lybrand said. “They did everything we asked of them, and they did it the right way.”

Two Warriors Ink Scholarships

Despite numerous openings from other Power 5 programs, Whale Branch star lineman Xavier Chaplin has remained true to his longstanding commitment to Virginia Tech and has signed to play on the Hokies offensive line next season, while his teammate Joseph Hicks signed with NCAA Division II Limestone.

Chaplin was a monster in the trenches for the Warriors, leading an offensive line that paved the way for one of the strongest offenses in Class 1A with Hicks leading the ground charge. At 6-6 and 315 pounds, Chaplin is the rare high school offensive lineman who has the physical profile to play Power 5 level right away, and he’ll only solidify his massive frame and enhance his already impressive athleticism when he will arrive at Blacksburg. .

The big programs have been passed on to Hicks because his top speed doesn’t hit the metrics they’re looking for in a running back, but he’s a hard-working playmaker with a chance to be a star at level D2. Hicks had 1,129 yards and 19 touchdowns on 97 carries, averaging 11.6 yards per carry and 125.4 per game, and that was just one facet of his contribution to the Warriors. He also had 47 tackles, 10 for loss, with one sack and two interceptions, and he took two kickoffs home. He should be an asset to the Saints.

The Creek duo head to Kansas JUCO

In what could become a trend, the Lowco’s pipeline at the Kansas Jayhawk Community College Conference continued to take shape with Battery Creek defensive stars Quatrell Livingston and Alvin Black Jr. signing with Coffeyville (Kan.) Community College, joining the May River quarterback Garvin Douglas (Hutchinson) in the KJCCC.

Livingston was the heart and soul of the Dolphins defense, racking up 51 tackles, including 12 tackles for loss, with five sacks, four forced fumbles, two fumble recoveries, one interception and one pass breakup. At 6-foot-2, 205 pounds with great athletic ability, Livingston projects himself as a linebacker or edge carry, and he’s played both roles at Battery Creek.

Black has played both ends of the line for the Dolphins, but projects as a defensive tackle or nose guard for the Red Ravens. He’s a typical run-stopper, measuring 6-5 and 358 pounds, but he moves well and contributes to the Dolphins basketball team with Livingston.

Livingston and Black will have two qualifying seasons to hone their skills and seek opportunities to further their careers at four-year schools.


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