Abbeville Seniors to 2021 Hawaii Tiki Bowl

Jayven Anderson and Rico Dozier play final high school football game
Published: Jan. 4, 2021 at 6:37 PM CST
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DOTHAN, Ala. (WTVY) - Two Abbeville High School football players will have the chance to showcase their talents in Orlando, Fla., in just a few days.

They’ll be joined by players from around the country and multiple college coaches.

Yellow Jackets’ senior Jayven Anderson was invited to the 2021 Hawaii Tiki Bowl in early 2020.

A six day event with one high level senior all-star game to top it all off.

“I just got an email one day,” Anderson said. “Me and one of my teammates and they just put it on the table for us.”

That teammate Anderson will get to share this rare experience with is Rico Dozier.

These two helped lead Abbeville to its first championship game since 1971.

A place not many were expecting to see the Yellow Jackets.

“Everybody doubted us,” the Abbeville senior said. “Ain’t nobody believe we would make it that far. They thought we we’re going to get put out the first, second round. A great opportunity to make it that far.”

A dominant season for the Yellow Jackets.

Anderson finishing his senior year with 106 total tackles, including 21 for losses.

He was also named an ASWA 2A All-State Honorable Mention.

Dozier racked up 136 total tackles with 36 for losses, earning 2A First Team ASWA All-State honors.

Now, as they look ahead to the next step in their football careers, the Tiki Bowl will provide the two seniors with the unique opportunity to work directly with college coaches.

Anderson is hoping those coaches see one thing.

“Heart,” Anderson said. “I show a lot of heart, show a lot of passion for the game. I want to put on a show for them.”

Anderson and Dozier with an opportunity not many players get, the chance to be recognized by college programs at a high level.

The Hawaii Tiki Bowl event begins Sunday with the players arriving in Orlando, Fla.

Anderson and Dozier will play in the big game Thursday, January 11.

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