Gridiron Glory Who Won Top Awards? Savannah Quarterback Club Throws 77th Annual Bowl Party Touchdown

By Prep Sports Report Staff | February 12, 2024

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The Savannah Quarterback Club huddled up for its 77th annual Bowl Party on Friday evening, Febraury 9, 2024,  at the Kehoe Iron Works at Trustees' Garden in downtown Savannah. The majority of club members and guests attended and  packed the house.

The Club honors outstanding high school football players, offensively and defensively, each week during the season. These players who won these weekly awards are eligible for end-of-year awards, which include two $15,000 scholarships.

One of the most prestigious awards is the Team of the Year, which went to Bethesda Academy (13-0) for their perfect 2023 season. The Blazers won the South Carolina Independent Schools Association Class 2A state title, marking the program's first state football championship in school history.

PHOTO: Bethesda Academy Head Coach Antwain Turner accepting Team of the Year Award


Benedictine quarterback Luke Kromenhoek was named Offensive Player of the Year but couldn't attend the event due to mandatory team workouts at Florida State University. His father, Jon, accepted the award on his behalf.

PHOTO: Benedictine Military QB Luke Kromenhoek accepting Offensive Player of the Year virtually


Savannah Christian star Elijah Griffin was named Defensive Player of the Year for the second straight year, becoming the first-ever back-to-back award winner.

Photo: Savannah Christian Defensive Lineman Elijah Griffin accepting the Defensive Player of the Year


Houston Jackson from Benedictine caught the Ted Hoover Scholarship, and Jayce Huerta from New Hampstead High School scored The Savannah Quarterback Club scholarship, each valued at $15,000.

In addition to recognizing the team and players of the year, the event welcomed Rick Neuheisel as the event's guest speaker. Neuheisel is now a CBS College Football GameDay analyst and former college coach.

Photo Credit - Savannah QB Club

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