CUSSETA, Ga. — Chattahoochee County football coach Josh Kemp praised five of his seniors on Wednesday for their role in leading the Panthers over the years.
Through the highs and lows, he said, the group remained strong and never doubted each other as the team improved its record and made the playoffs each of the last three seasons.
Sticking together at the next level was just as important for them. Chattahoochee County’s Cedric Wilson, Jermaine Harper and Kendrick Reeves signed to play for West Georgia on Wednesday and Caleb Horvath and Jimbo Bowyer signed with Lindenwood University, which is near St. Louis.
Being close to teammates made the decisions that much easier. Horvath and Bowyer said they had too much history together to go separate ways just yet.
“We’ve played with each other since ninth grade,” Horvath said, referring to Bowyer. “We’ve been best friends since then too.”
So when Lindenwood came knocking and both players were offered a shot, they couldn’t turn it down. And neither was settling for anything less than what they had hoped for on singing day.
“It’s so nice,” Bowyer said of Lindenwood. “They’ve got a a lot of money so they have nice facilities and the field is nice for an NAIA team.”
Horvath is a three-time all-region quarterback and was a Georgia Sports Writers Association Class A All-State honorable mention last season. Kemp said he may have been the most overlooked player in the state.
Bowyer was an all-region lineman for the Panthers and earned first-team All-Academic honors in Georgia.
Reeves, a two-time all-region player and All-Bi-City honoree, said he was looking forward to the new challenges at the college level when he heads to West Georgia in Carrollton, Ga.
“My goal when I go to college is to be the best football player I can be,” Reeves said. “I’ll take care of all my work.”
Wilson, another two-time all-region player, and Harper agreed the opportunity to continue playing together and to do so close to home was a large part of their decision to sign with the Braves.
“Cedric was a kid who had numerous Division I offers, but he chose to go with his friends and play at West Georgia,” Kemp said. “He and Kendrick are like brothers. They all wanted to stay together so they did.
“West Georgia is getting three great players and both of these schools are getting tremendous students, tremendous football players and tremendous people.”
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