The 2014 QB1 Challenge is in the books and this year’s event was the most competitive in the past four years. The challenge event brings in the top quarterbacks, wide receivers, and defensive backs from South Carolina and neighboring states and has had an impressive list of competitors over the years.
This year’s event, held at Blythewood High, had a four-way tie for quarterback champion headed into the final events. Spartanburg junior Austin Scott, Boiling Springs’ senior Daniel Thompson, Freedom (N.C.) senior Titus Smith, and Westside senior Cal King were deadlocked headed into what is called the “red zone” and “goal line” portion of the event.
Following the final events, there was tie between Thompson, King, and Smith. The tie-breaker was decided by the players’ long toss yardage. Daniel Thompson had the farthest throw (55 yards), so he captured the championship, while Smith edged King by 2 yards on the long toss, capturing the QB1 Senior award.
The other quarterback winners were Scott for the junior class, Marlboro County’s Jacob Evers for the sophomore class, and Bishop England’s Joseph Jenrette for the freshman class.
Blythewood’s David Israel, who finished second to Scott in the junior class, tied the QB1 Challenge record for the long toss (65 yards). The record was set by former Columbia High quarterback Ky Tyler in 2011.
The wide receiver’s competition also was intense. The championship was taken by Spring Valley senior Jordan Foster, who edged Byrnes junior Ray Miller, who captured the junior class award. Other winners were North Augusta’s Chaz Mealer for the senior class, Blythewood’s Kenny Benton for the sophomore class, and Blythewood’s Dalen Mickle for the freshman award.
This was the first year that the defensive backs were added to the competition, and Blythewood players captured three awards. De’Andre Fletcher won the overall championship, Adam Caree won the senior award and Colin Caree captured the sophomore award.