North-South football: Scott’s Roberts hopes to follow brother’s footsteps at UC

KENNY KEMP | Saturday Gazette-Mail
Scott’s Garrett Roberts (20).

From the time he started playing football, Garrett Roberts always knew he had a great role model in his older brother Jordan.

Football fans across West Virginia remember Jordan Roberts as the former Kennedy Award winner at Scott who walked on at West Virginia University briefly before emerging as a star at the University of Charleston. For Garrett, it gave him something to work toward and an example to aspire to.

“It was hard sometimes. Everyone always asks, ‘Are you going to be like your brother? Are you going to be better?’ ” Roberts said. “It’s a lot to live up to at first, but eventually you just kind of get over it and try to do your own thing.”

The younger Roberts has since done a nice job of living up to that legacy that Jordan left behind. At Scott this season, he was a first team All-Cardinal Conference pick after gaining 1,972 all-purpose yards as a senior. He scored 13 rushing touchdowns, threw for two and had a pair of kick returns for scores.

The next step for him is to, again, follow his brother’s footsteps to Charleston where he has signed to play for coach Pat Kirkland and the Golden Eagles next season.

And just like he has every other step of the way during his football career, Roberts will continue to try to live up to some of the expectations that come from Jordan’s career before him while also trying to forge his own path and become his own player.

“I’ve always looked up to him and it’s a special place to me [because of what he did at UC]. I’m going to try to make my own name,” Roberts said. “It’s been nice to have him there along the way though. I’ve gotten pointers and advice from him all the time.”

Roberts played several positions on both sides of the ball throughout his career at Scott, and he touts his versatility as one of his major attributes that has helped him have the success he’s been able to have up to this point.

He’ll hope to continue to use that versatility once he gets to college — showing the coaching staff that he’s ready to do whatever he can in order to get on the field and help make a difference for the team.

“That’s the nice thing because, being a single-position player, if there’s someone in that spot already you’re kind of out of luck,” Roberts said. “If you show you can play everywhere, you can find a way to get on the field.

“My goal is to just go there, enjoy myself and work hard so I can get out there.”

But before he heads to Charleston, this week’s North-South Game represents the final chapter in his high school football career.

Roberts has been enjoying himself in the lead-up to the game where he will be representing the South with head coach Yogi Kinder and several of the best seniors that the state has to offer. It’s been a great final experience to close the book on his time in the prep ranks.

“It’s been a lot of fun. There are a lot of great guys here, we’ve had some great times,” he said. It’s been a good experience and it’s my last high school game so I think it’s going to be a lot of fun.”

Contact Michael Carvelli at 304-348-4810 or Follow him on Twitter @carvelli3.

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