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July 27, 2014

QB1 Challenge: The Quarterbacks


The 2014 QB1 Challenge is in the books and according to QB1 founder/director Jim Baxter the event was the most competitive event in the past four years. The event, which brings in the top quarterbacks and wide receivers from South Carolina and neighboring states, has had an impressive list of competitors over the years, is the end cap of a series of off-season training camps produced by QB1 Performance.

"This was by far the most competitive event we've ever had," said Baxter. "I think it is a tribute to the high volume of kids who participate in the QB1 Training Days. They are working out with us over a five or six month period in the off season, twice a month, refining their skills and getting better. That was my main reason for starting the training days was to make this event more competitive and get the kids better."

2014 QB1 CHALLENGE QB CHAMPIONS
OVERALL: Daniel Thompson, Boiling Springs HS
SENIOR: Titus Smith, Freedom HS (NC)
JUNIOR: Austin Scott, Spartanburg HS
SOPHOMORE: Jacob Evers, Marlboro County
FRESHMAN: Joseph Jennrette, Bishop England HS
Baxter's plan has apparently worked. This year's event had a four-way tie for the overall quarterback champion headed into the final events. Spartanburg junior Austin Scott, Boiling Springs' senior Daniel Thompson, Freedom High School'(NC) senior Titus Smith, and Westside senior Cal King were all dead locked headed into what is called the "red zone" and "goalline" portion of the event.

"I wasn't really surprised by the tight race," said Baxter. "Thompson has won his class every year and actually won the overall last year as s junior; Austin Scott was one that I felt was going to push for the overall championship this year. Titus King has been in several of our training camps, so I knew he would be competitive and I had an opportunity to watch Cal King throw this past Spring and knew  he would do well, also."

In the end, there was still a three-way tie between Thompson, King, and Smith. The tie breaker was decided by the players' long toss yardage. Daniel Thompson had the farthest throw between those three players with a 55 yard toss, so he captured the overall championship, while Titus Smith edged King by 2 yards on the long toss, capturing the QB1 Senior award.

The other quarterback winners were Spartanburg's Austin Scott for the Junior Class, Marlboro County's Jacob Evers for the Sophomomre Class, and Bishop England's Joseph Jenrette for the Freshman Class.

Spartanburg's Scott's Junior Class win was the largest margin in the camp, with the closest competitor not within 6 points of him.

Blythewood's David Israel, who finished 2nd behind Scott in the junior class, tied the QB1 Challenge record for the long toss, throwing a 65 yard toss. The record was set by former Columbia High School quarterback Ky Tyler in 2011.

Other quarterbacks who were impressive in the event in their respective classes were Spring Valley senior Mark Rew, Blythewood junior David Israel, Camden junior Jaylen Nelson, Rock Hill junior Cameron McKinney, Mullins sophomore quarterback Riyan Gore, Chesnee freshman Dylan Donnohoo and South Pointe's Cha'quaivis Hopkins, and Mauldin's 2019 Mitchell Norman.

Rew, who transferred from Ben Lippen to Spring Valley this year finished fourth in the senior class behind Thompson, Smith, and King. Israel finished 2nd in the junior class, while Nelson and MckInney finished 3rd and 4th; Mullins sophomore quarterback Riyan Gore lost the sophomore class to Evers based on the tie breaker (long toss), Donnohoo and Hopkins tied for second in the freshman group, and Mauldin's Norman was the top 2019 player, though that division competed with the 2018 players.

QB1 ALUMNI: (some players came through SCV Passing Camps prior to name change to QB1)
Mason Rudolph (Northwestern) Oklahoma State
Jacob Park (Stratford), Georgia
Zeke Walker (Brookland-Cayce) Indiana
Tyshun Samuel (Chapman), South Carolina
TJ Foster (Union) Louiville
Sean Smith (Summerville) Middle Tennessee State
Ja'lon Oglesby (Daniel) Clemson
Juaveer Hammond (Strom Thurmond) The Citadel
Oceanez Fluitt (CE Murray) Newberry College
Mike Knox (CA Johnson), Savannah State
Seth Owen, (East Henderson, NC) Pembrook
Dylan Thompson, (Boiling Springs HS) University of South Carolina
David Olson, (Irmo HS) Stanford University/Clemson
Caleb Rowe, (Blue Ridge HS) University of Maryland
Zach Lappin, (Easley HS) Mars Hill
Reese Hannon, (Greer HS) Furman University
W.T. Murden, (Airport HS) Newberry College
Ky Tyler, (Columbia HS) Texas Tech
Hunter Townes, (Christ Church) Furman University
Adrian Kollock, (Spartanburg HS) South Carolina State
Logan Hall, (Laurens HS) Coastal Carolina
Arimis Hillary, (Strom Thurmond HS) Coastal Carolina
Jay Spearman, (Greenwood HS) University of South Carolina

IF YOU WOULD LIKE INFORMATION ON TRAINING WITH QB1 PERFORMANCE, EMAIL QB1@SC.RR.COM



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