Filling his father’s shoes | Sports | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | October 12, 2017 5:00 am
Last Updated: October 11, 2017 at 9:26 am
CCHS senior Austin Barwick stands in for his deceased father during ceremony honoring ‘97 Bulldogs.
By CINDY CROSBY
Friday evening’s recognition of the 1997 Walterboro High School Bulldog State Championship football team was a bittersweet time for the family of deceased player, Branden Barwick.
Barwick, a former wide receiver and punter for the Bulldogs, passed away in July 2013. He left behind his high school sweetheart and wife, Lesa Murphy-Barwick, and their three children, Austin, Ashlyn and Jasper.
Austin, now a senior at Colleton County High School, filled his father’s shoes Friday evening, standing in what would have been his spot among his teammates from the 1997 State Championship team.
“It is definitely an honor to be doing this,” said Austin during Friday evening’s pregame tailgating festivities. “I feel like it is my place to do it since he couldn’t be here. When I was around 8 years old, he played flag football with a lot of his former teammates and I would be there with him every weekend. From throwing the football in the yard to all those games — lots of memories.”
Barwick has a goal to follow in his dad’s footsteps and bring home a state title this season as a member of the Cougar Baseball team. “I brought it to the attention of the baseball team that this was the 20th anniversary of the football title,” said Barwick. “I really want to make it the first year for the baseball team, so we can relive this memory 20 years from now.”