Former War Eagle makes history in 1st college game
It was a notable weekend for 2 Chronicle Country high school graduates competing for the 1st time at the college and professional level.
Both South Florida freshman wide receiver Omarion Dollison and Buffalo Bills' rookie placekicker Tyler Bass made their respective playing debuts in winning efforts.
In the case of Dollison, his play came at the expense of a Palmetto State team and set social media into a frenzy.
The Bulls and The Citadel were tied at 6-6 with 6:52 left in the 1st half. Forced to punt out of his own endzone, Bulldogs' punter Matt Campbell missed the snap.
As Campbell hurried to retrieve the football, he attempted to punt the football away. Instead, he only managed to kick the football a few feet forward and into the waiting arms of the Gray Collegiate graduate for a touchdown.
The muffed punt netted -10 yards and tied the record for shortage punt return for a touchdown in NCAA history. Back in September 2018, Toledo's Cody Thompson blocked VMI punter Reed King's kick attempt as he went into motion at the goal line and sauntered into the endzone for the score.
Like Dollison, whose South Florida team went on to win 27-6, Thompson's Rockets rolled to victory over VMI 66-3.
As for Bass, he accounted for 2 field goals and was 3-3 on extra points in the 27-17 victory over the New York Jets.
Reports following the game, however, focused on his 2 missed field goals in the 3rd quarter from 38 and 34 yards. However, it also pointed out the team displayed confidence in Bass by putting him in position for the 2 late field goals instead of keeping the offense on the field.
Another Chronicle Country player on a winning NFL team was wide receiver Dontrelle Inman. The Batesburg-Leesville graduate had 2 receptions for 21 yards in the 27-17 come-from-behind victory over Philadelphia.