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CHS duo named to all-star squad

Posted: October 25, 2018 1:39 p.m.
Updated: October 26, 2018 1:00 a.m.
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JASON HARRIS

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Camden High linemen Jason Harris and Javaris Holliday were selected to play in the 2018 Touchstone Energy Cooperatives Bowl North-South All-Star Football Game to be played at Coastal Carolina University’s Brooks Stadium on Saturday, Dec. 15.

Both Harris, a three-year starter for the Bulldogs at center, and Holliday, a third-year starter at defensive end, were selected to the North squad.

This is the second time in three years in which Camden has had a pair of representatives playing in the North-South game. In 2016, quarterback Devin Beckley and wide receiver Jo Jo Watson represented then-Camden High head coach Jimmy Neal’s squad in the annual contest. Harris and Holliday are the first two senior honorees for second-year Camden head coach Brian Rimpf.

Harris, a 6-foot, 330-pound center, has anchored the Bulldogs’ offensive front since taking over the snapping duties as a sophomore. An All-Region 4-AAA selection as a junior, Harris is part of a Camden offensive line which has cleared the way for that unit to average nearly 400 yards per game entering Thursday’s regular season finale with Keenan.

The 6-foot-3, 280-pound Holliday leads the Dogs with three sacks and is second with 10 quarterback pressures while racking up 40 tackles (30 solos). Holliday also became a two-way performer this season, taking snaps from behind center in Camden’s short-yardage package. He has scored three touchdowns on five carries while also having run the ball into the end zone with a two-point conversion.

“We’re really excited about Jason and Javaris getting selected to the North-South game. It’s quite an honor, like any of the all-star games, but this is a big one,” said Rimpf. “They certainly are deserving of this honor. As a coaching staff, we’re excited for them and look forward to watching them play that week.”

Rimpf said both Harris and Holliday have become two of the leaders for a Bulldog team which has 26 seniors.

“They have been guys that we’ve been able to count on for a couple of years,” Rimpf said. “They have both had tremendous seasons, so much so that opposing teams have tried to scheme away from them or, around them.”

With the game being played the week after the South Carolina High School League’s championship weekend, Rimpf said his two players will not only be playing with and against some of the best players in the Palmetto State, but will also get an opportunity to be seen by college coaches.

“Those guys will get to prove themselves against some of the best players in South Carolina and get the chance to prove themselves throughout the whole week of practice,” he said. “There will also be colleges watching and recruiting from that game. We’re hoping that will translate to getting more offers for them and having the opportunity for them to play at the next level.”

Camden, North Central games moved to Thursday: Due to the threat of inclement weather forecasted for today, both Camden and North Central moved their football games to last night.

The Bulldogs hosted Keenan while North Central traveled to Buford to play for the Region 4-AA championship. Lugoff-Elgin had its bye week and was unaffected by the weather.

Both Camden and North Central will have next Friday night off before starting state playoff action on Friday, Nov 9 against yet-to-be determined opponents. 

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