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Two Newberry HS football players sign National Letters of Intent

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Two football players out of Newberry High School put pen to paper this morning as they prepare to continue their playing careers at the next level.

"They're both three year starters so they're hard to replace," said head coach Richard Vester about Chris Washington and Cameron Brown. "They're both very physical. The most important thing is they've got a work ethic that has transpired on the field, but also in the classroom. The combination, I think, of the two has really allowed them to have this opportunity."

Washington, senior linebacker/fullback, is headed to Appalachian State.

"It came faster than I expected," said Washington when asked about what went through his mind during this morning's ceremony. "It just turned out way better than I expected."

Senior offensive and defensive lineman Brown will spend the next four years at Franklin College in Indiana.

"We have a great program here at Newberry," said Brown. "They've really helped me since I was a freshman."

Washington echoed Brown's comments about how vital the Panthers program had been in their development, stating, "I'm just thankful for everyone who's helped me get to where I am. Teachers, coaches, the school board, everybody. They pretty much knew what I could do as a freshman, actually going into eight grade they knew what I could do, so I got pushed real hard and they pushed me to my full potential. That's how I got to where I am today."

"This is one of the most exciting days of the year for me," said Vester. "Just to see these guys have an opportunity to go on and continue to play the game they love, but more importantly getting an education through the sport of football."

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