IT IS ALWAYS refreshing to see the “good guys” get recognition for their efforts.
River Bluff High senior Whitt Warner got that recognition this past week, representing South Carolina in the 11th annual Max Emfinger High School All-American Football game.
Warner anchored the offensive line as center for the Gators’ first Class 4A football team. That team was also the first Class 4A football team to make the playoffs in its first year and the first Class 4A 16-seed to upset a No. 1 seed in the state playoffs.
Warner also was the first River Bluff football player to make a state all-star game, playing in the North-South All-Star Football Game in Myrtle Beach in December.
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He took his first airplane flight to Louisiana and, while there, ate “alligator” for the first time. Yes, it does seem odd that a River Bluff “Gator” would eat alligator.
This week, Warner was selected as team captain for the East team, which won the game. Warner started and was instrumental in making the calls on the offensive line. He graded out at 90 percent.
At 6-foot, 250 pounds, Warner is undersized to play the position at the next level, but his character, hard work and prowess on the field have captured the interest of some smaller Division II schools. Several are putting together packages to offer him.
River Bluff strength coach Mike Armstrong participated in the game as the offensive line coach for the East team. This was his second time coaching this game.
Armstrong coached his second season at River Bluff in 2014. He had spent 19 years at Spring Valley High as the strength coach and offensive line coach after stops at Dorman and Irmo, and one-year stints at Georgia Tech and USC. He is a former Gamecock football player.