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Seniors have strong Border Wars effort

Five senior Bainbridge High School Bearcats football players—safety Jonathan Warren, defensive tackle Kenny Jacobs, wide receiver Sylvester Byrd, tight end Markeith Chrispen and running back Thomas Smiley—turned in strong efforts in Saturday’s second annual Georgia Florida Border Wars High School All-Star football game in Thomas County.

Florida won the game ,28-7.

The five Bearcats all contributed to Georgia’s effort.

Warren had a big pass breakup to stop a potential Florida scoring drive, Jacobs helped stop some key runs up the middle, Byrd caught a 30-yard pass from quarterback Rashad Jackson of the Westover High School Patriots to keep a drive alive, Chrispen threw some key blocks to keep running plays alive and Smiley ran and blocked well.

The game featured top seniors from Southwest Georgia against top seniors from the Florida Big Bend. It was played at Thomasville Central High School’s Jackets’ Nest Stadium.

Florida took a 7-0 lead when Terrance Evans of Liberty County High School ran 19 yards for a touchdown with 12:19 left in the first quarter, and Morgan Henry of Wakulla High School kicked the extra point.

Florida increased their advantage to 14-0 when Eric Williams of Leon High School ran 10 yards for a touchdown with 8:47 left in the first quarter, and Henry kicked the extra point.

The Southwest Georgia All-Stars cut the lead in half when linebacker David Coe of the Monroe High School Tornadoes intercepted a pass and returned it 11 yards for a touchdown with 11:58 left in the third quarter, and Griffin Bell of the Thomas County Central High School Yellow Jackets kicked the extra point.

Florida scored two defensive touchdowns in the fourth quarter.

With 8:35 remaining, Nathan Snow of Chiles High School returned an interception 33 yards for a touchdown and Henry kicked the extra point to make it 21-7. With 7:37 remaining, Antwain Matthew’s returned a fumble 48 yards for a touchdown and Henry kicked the extra point.