Local coaches, players, cheerleader represented in Border Bowl V

Jefferson County’s own JB Arnold took three of his players, two assistant coaches, one cheerleader and a former mentor with him to Border Bowl V as representatives of the best of Georgia’s half of the CSRA.
The annual charity game, sponsored by News Channel 6 and The Augusta Chronicle, features some of the strongest high school football players of the season head to head with their South Carolina opposites in a match to benefit Ronald McDonald House charities.
“It’s a great experience,” Arnold said. “You get the best of the best. You get to play with such a great group of kids and coaches you’re so used to coaching against, but now you get them all on the same team. It’s really a lot of fun.”
This year Arnold, as head coach of the Georgia team, took JCHS senior quarterback Chardell “CJ” Hales, wide receiver Ty King and kicker Evans Hodges along with him. JCHS cheerleader Cristaisha Davis and several younger volunteer ball boys and water girls were on the sidelines.
Joining JB were fellow JCHS coaches David Land and Keeton Wilson and former Wrens High and JCHS head football coach Charles Rutland was recognized as the Honorary Georgia Head Coach.
“Coach Rutland has coached a bunch of years and as much as he has done for our county he deserved the honor of being the Honorary Head Coach of the Georgia team this year,” Arnold said. “There were several other head coaches from throughout the CSRA who joined us as well. It was good for all of us to get together. I think it was a feather in the hat for Jefferson County that both the head coach and the honorary head coach are both from there this year. It goes to show that in the football world, we are well represented throughout the CSRA and the rest of the state.”
Arnold said he felt the local players who took part represented Jefferson County well.
The first touchdown of the game was scored by two local players when Hales connected with King on a 42-yard pass. Hales also completed a 55-yard pass to Screven County’s Tyquan Johnson for a touchdown in the fourth quarter. Hodges kicked two extra points, punted and kicked off for the Georgia team.
Arnold’s team led much of the game until a fourth quarter rally by South Carolina that ended the game 32-25 in their favor.
“I thought our kids played well,” Arnold said. “Anytime you get this many players together with only a week to practice and as cold as it was, you’re going to make mistakes. We did and South Carolina did too, but we made a few more mistakes than they did and that’s why they ended up winning.
“The coaches and the kids really enjoyed it,” he said. “The people who run the Border Bowl do a great job. You know it’s a charity event for the Ronald McDonald House. And it means a lot to these kids to be able to play in it. It was also neat to have a niece from Lincoln County who was on the cheer squad.”