Jags trio moving on, Robinson picks FSU

By DONNELL COLEY
Sports editor
Posted 5/5/22

Three athletes representing Overhills football made their college decisions at the school this week.

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Jags trio moving on, Robinson picks FSU

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SPRING LAKE — Three athletes representing Overhills football made their college decisions at the school this week.

Damien Robinson went first, announcing his intentions to stay local and play both football and basketball at nearby Fayetteville State University.

“I just love the city of Fayetteville, it’s very nice, and I just love the program,” said Robinson, who turned down offers from St. Andrews University and Ferrum College. 

“The (FSU) coaches are about they business and are winners. I like to win.”

Robinson earned first-team All-Record honors for both football and basketball as a senior, including taking home a second player of the year award in hoops.  

He helped Overhills basketball to a 16-8 overall record — 9-0 against Harnett County teams — and a return to the state playoffs.

On the gridiron, Robinson paced a hungry Jags defense with 21 tackles for loss to go with six sacks. 

He joins a resurgent Broncos hoops program fresh off a 21-9 season that included a Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association title. The FSU football team went 8-2 in the fall and fell just short in the CIAA championship game. 

The 6-foot-5, versatile athlete says conversations with the Broncos football and basketball coaches focused on handling academic responsibilities, first and foremost.   

“I’m up for the challenge. It’s gonna be a very different experience from high school because I’m gonna have a lot more free time ... I’m really just waiting on the transition to see how everything goes," Robinson said. 

“I worked hard. It’s been a long four years of high school and I wouldn’t trade it in for anything. I had a blast.”

Berryhill was second to address friends, classmates, coaches and faculty huddled inside the Overhills main lobby Tuesday. 

He, too, is poised to pursue a multi-sport deal after agreeing to wrestle and play football for Huntingdon College in Montgomery, Alabama.  

Berryhill has been a state-level wrestler the past three seasons, and finished his senior season with a 32-3 record.  His work on the gridiron wasn't too shabby, either, leading the Jags with 35 tackles for loss and 17 sacks combined the past two seasons en route to claiming first-team All-Record honors. 

The last of the trio to speak was Benny Nena, who announced his decision to join the football team at The Apprentice School in Newport News, Virginia. 

Nena was a sure tackler from the Jags secondary throughout his tenure and wrapped up a career year this past fall. The 5-foot-11 speedster secured a team-leading 101 tackles in 2021-22 and also earned first-team honors for the All-Record Football Team. 

Overall, the threesome helped Overhills to a 16-21 record on the gridiron. 

Donnell Coley can be reached at dcoley@mydailyrecord.com or 910-230-2040.

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