High School Sports

Bluffton's Gardner to play football in New York

Bluffton High School's 2010 football season won't be forgotten. The Bobcats reached the Class 3-A Lower State championship, shattered school records along the way and turned Bluffton into a winning program for the first time in its history.

Anthony Gardner will be remembered as one of the trendsetters.

A senior defensive tackle, Gardner recorded 100 tackles (28 for loss) and was named to the North/South All-Star Football Game following the season.

Now he's earned a shot at the next level. Gardner will attend Nassau Community College (N.Y.) in the fall to play football.

"I'm going to miss high school -- the season we had, I think everyone that plays football truly wants to have a season like that," Gardner said. "Now it's time to fight and see if I can make it. I'm going to fight over the summer to get better so I can get playing time."

Name: Anthony Gardner

High school: Bluffton

Sport: Football

High school coaches: Ken Cribb, Jeremy West

Position: Defensive line

College: Nassau Community College (N.Y.)

Probable major: Liberal arts

About Nassau Community College: Competing in the Northeast Football Conference, Nassau finished 11-0 last year under coach Jermaine Miles.

Why Nassau Community College? "The reason I picked it is because I went to visit and it reminded me of home," Gardner said. "It's a small area, not a big city. And it's time for a new experience."

Other schools considered: Louisburg College (N.C.), Hutchinson Community College (Kan.), Sacramento State (Calif.)

Accolades: North/South selection, Region 7-AAA first team, Island Packet/Beaufort Gazette all-area team

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