ROCK HILL, S.C. - It was all smiles around Northwestern High School’s campus Thursday afternoon as quarterback Dupree Hart accepted the first Big 22 trophy won in the state of South Carolina.
Chopper 9 landed in front of the entire student body including faculty, cheerleaders and of course the band that played on throughout the celebration.
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Hart and his fellow teammates greeted WSOC-TV sports anchor Phil Orban with a raucous ovation as Channel 9 presented Hart with the trophy and a check for $10,000 that goes toward the school’s athletic fund provided by WSOC-TV and OrthoCarolina.
The senior quarterback took to the podium and thanked his family and friends for voting in his favor of winning the prestigious Big 22 hardware on a day filled with excitement, hugs and smiles for Trojan nation.
"It didn't really hit me until I saw the chopper come in and saw the trophy coming out of the chopper, but it's a pretty amazing experience being named the Big 22 player of the year," Hart said.
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Even with his exceptional football skills, Hart has committed to play baseball at the College of Charleston.
He said he will miss football a lot and it probably won't hit him until next football season.
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