Chapman Quarterback Colton Bailey A Finalist For Mr. Football of South Carolina

                      Finally someone notices Colton Bailey's dynamic on field playing ability

                                                                                                                                                       Britt Wilkerson    October 17,2017

Photo Courtesy of Chris & Tina Wilson

      It was a week full of emotions for Chapman High Quarterback Colton Bailey, well that is an understatement. On Sunday October 8th the selections for the 81st Annual Shrine Bowl of the Carolinas were made, Bailey, along with a handful of his Chapman teammates, that have produced record breaking stats, huge plays during games, hard work ethic during the off season, great work during weekly practices and just outstanding student athletes off the field, anxiously awaited to see if they made the list. Unfortunately, no one from Chapman made the 44 player roster. Bailey, like the guys of UpState Prep-Cast , congratulate all those players.

“Congratulations to all the players that made the Roster for South Carolina, they deserve it, you just don’t get picked for the Shrine Bowl, you earn it. Congratulations to them, it’s a huge accomplishment."  Bailey said prior to Friday night’s contest against Mid Carolina.

     Then on Wednesday evening it was announced that Colton was selected as one of the five finalist for this year’s Mr. Football in South Carolina, that surely made him proud. The four other finalist are Newberry running back Amir Abrams, a player we all know is very deserving of this honor. Also Spartanburg’s Connor Shugart, Spring Valley’s Channing Tindall and Fort Dorchester’s Dakereon Joyner. The winner will be announced at halftime of the Touchstone Energy Cooperatives North-South Football game played December 9th at Doug Shaw Stadium at Myrtle Beach High School.

     When asked about being named a finalist for Mr. Football of South Carolina, Colton Bailey very humbly replied,

“I am very fortunate to be selected as a Mr. Football nominee. It’s not just an individual honor, but it’s a team honor, because without my teammates there wouldn’t be any way i could’ve have gotten nominated. So I am blessed to have this opportunity. I feel like I was selected because my coach and my teammates gave me an opportunity to get selected. I couldn’t have even been considered if I didn’t have guys like Patrick, Richard and DJ around me on my offense and my offensive line. It’s easy to make plays with guys like that around you."

     Making plays has been Bailey’s trademark. As a freshman I recall his first time playing in a varsity game. It was against Woodruff and he finished 0-2 in passing, but I saw a confidence in that young freshman that caught my eye. Then his next time out 2 for 2. When the Starting QB Landon Collins was knocked out of the game at Greer in 2014, Colton came in and played with the confidence of an experienced QB. The next game in his first start as a varsity QB he threw for 252 yards and 2 touchdowns and got the victory. That was October 24th, 2014, now fast forward to October 13, 2017. Bailey has rewritten the record books for Chapman High School. This past Friday night Chapman got its 14th victory in a row, dating back to week 10 of the 2016 season. As of that victory Colton now has thrown for 8,519 yards and ranked #1 in career passing. Add 1,563 yards rushing and you get 10.082 total offensive yards. That my friends is a very impressive number. Bailey is the only player from Chapman in both top 10 for Passing and Rushing. Only Travis Landrum (2004-2005), Josh Landrum (2008-2011) and Roger Mooney (1993-1996) find themselves on both list in the top 20.

     Bailey was asked how 2017 compares with the State Championship run of 2016, his reply,

“At this point in our season I feel like we are better than we were last year, everyone on the team loves being around each other in practice, at school and off campus. We have guys that stay together 24/7. We have a very high team chemistry in my opinion. I just can’t wait to see what the next 2 months of football has to offer for the team!”.

If I counted correctly Bailey holds at least 12 records for Chapman.

Most Touchdowns in a career 126

Most Touchdowns in a season 53

Most Touchdowns in a Game 8

Most passes completed in a career 581

Most Passes completed in a season 229

Most Passing yards in a career 8519

Most Passing yards in a season 3687

Most passing TD's in a career 96

Most passing TD's in a season 39

Most passing TD's in a game 7

Regular Season Passing Record 2419

Total Offensive Yards 10082 

to Courtesy of Chris & Tina Wilson

     So for a true football player, who reads defenses like most people reads the internet, who is tough as they come, makes plays and leads a great group of young men from Chapman High School on Friday nights, but somehow evidently he does fit the mold of a college Quarterback in today’s world. But if I was a coach, I would want a player that has heart, grit, determination, great work ethic, study’s game film, is a student of the game, you know like Payton Manning, Tom Brady, Aaron Rogers and other great quarterbacks. Well Colton Bailey fits all of that plus he is a great student, a great young man with strong faith that plays every play to win during a game and during practice.

     It’s been a pleasure to watch Colton Bailey develop from a young freshman with talent to a senior that controls the game and understands the game. I think a few times this year he has changed the play at the line at least three times in the same play, it’s so impressive. Just as impressive is the rest of the Chapman Panthers. It’s great to see a team play as a team with one common goal, to Win. When adversity rears its ugly head this team adapts and overcomes, plus they do pretty well on the football field as well. I see reflections of their Head Coach and assistant Coaches when these Chapman Panthers talk to the media and to young fans. May God continue to Bless these young men and shower his grace upon each of you. Good Luck the rest of the season. Good Luck Colton on December 9th at the North/South Game.