Athlete of the Week: Braves lose true leader in Renfrow

As the starting quarterback for Socastee for the past two seasons, Jordan Renfrow has led the Braves on many scoring drives and to several big victories.

But when his high school career was drawing to a close, the senior had to show the ultimate sign of leadership by stepping aside.

Hindered by a serious case of turf toe, Renfrow was forced to give up his familiar spot behind center in the Braves’ triple-option offense and turn the reigns over to his younger brother, Hunter.

“It’s tough when your little brother goes out there and makes you look bad,” joked Renfrow, who was voted the Mammy’s Kitchen Athlete of the Week.

“No, it was fun seeing him get in there and do all the things we’ve been practicing, but it was difficult not being out there. As a captain and a senior, my main responsibility is to put the team in the best position to win. As bad as I wanted to play, Hunter was our best option.”

The unselfish act paid off for Socastee and the elder Renfrow, who saw limited action while his kid brother led the Braves to a win over rival St. James to clinch a playoff bid. Hunter also led Socastee to its first home playoff victory in school history over Berkeley.

“That was really special because we seniors have been talking about doing it since we were in the seventh grade,” Jordan said. “To be the ones to finally do it, and to have the school and the community rally around us like they did, it was a great way to go out.”

The irony of Jordan’s decision to stand down late in the season was that by doing so he also gave himself and his teammates an opportunity to play one more game.

Despite still recovering from the injury, Jordan returned to his old position in last week’s playoff game at Airport, scoring two touchdowns before falling short in the second-round game.

“It was disappointing, but I’m proud of the way we turned things around,” said Jordan, whose Braves started the season 1-4 but rebounded for 5-7 record and a No. 2 finish in the region. “We lost four games by a combined 15 points, so it was a real gut check for the seniors. I’m proud of the way we responded.”

Jordan can also take pride in a great career. Despite dealing with a fractured back, a broken leg and the latest case of turf toe, he combined for more than 1,000 yards rushing and receiving as a junior with nine touchdowns, and despite missing two games as a senior he still accounted for 875 total yards and 11 TDs.

But the most important things he will carry with him are measured in memories, not stats. Jordan was fortunate to be surrounded by family throughout his high school career – playing with older brother Ayers as a freshman, playing for coach/father Tim and then playing with younger brother Hunter – but he feels he has gained an extended family.

“Being able to play for my father has been really special. He’s a great life teacher as well as a great dad, and it was great to get to play with my older brother as a freshman and my younger brother,” Jordan said.

“But the seniors, we’ve been together since the seventh grade and we’ve built a close relationship. We all know we have each others’ backs and they are like family to me too.”

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