Pee Dee Pigskin Prep Preview - SCISA Teams

Our Pee Dee man in the know is our favorite Intern, Ryan Bethea. Ryan is a fan of Malrboro Bulldogs but has a great appreciation for all the football played in the Pee Dee and the Grand Strand. Over the next 5 days he will take a look at all 49 teams that call the Pee Dee home and what to expect from each of these programs.......Today he starts the series with a look at the SCISA schools for 2002. We are very fortunate to have Ryan and his insights on SCPP and are very proud of his work (dp)

The Byrnes Schools Trojans

Head Coach: Dennis Stokes

The Trojans of The Byrnes Schools is hoping to gain experience in 2002 with a new head coach in town. Coach Dennis Stokes, is beginning his sixth head coaching job since his first at Loris in 1979.

Despite the team's youth and inexperience, the Trojans won a state championship two seasons ago. A small school like Byrnes, suffers graduation the most due to the low enrollment. The vacant quarterback position will be filled by senior, Ty Woodard (6'1", 190 lbs.)

The entire defensive backfield and linebacker corps are gone due to graduation as well.

The Trojans completed last year's season 8-3, and later lost to Calhoun Academy in the playoffs.

Carolina Academy Bobcats

Head Coach : T.J. Joy

T.J. Joy's Carolina Academy Bobcats only graduated two players from last year's team and lost a total of five due to players transferring to other schools.

Fortunately for the Bobcats, the key players stayed at Carolina Academy.

The backfield will again be Carolina Academy's strength. All three of its top players return: Ricky Cook, Matthew Sparrow and Clint Cockfield, who combined over 4,000 rushing yards last season.

Coaches are concerned of Sparrow's status after a concussion who sidelined him for two games last year and an ankle injury this past summer, while participating in legion baseball.

Hudgens Academy Cougars

Head Coach: Andy McLeod

Despite winning a total of two games in two seasons, the Hudgens Academy Cougars have gained two things--experience and motivation.

Coach McLeod was satisfied with the Cougar's performance during camp this summer. "These are the same guys that, two years ago, went 1-9," the third-year coach said. "They were getting beat up as ninth graders by senior-heavy teams. The outlook this year is a lot better. That doesn't mean we're going to win more than one game, but the outlook's a lot better. The potential is there to have a successful season," said Coach McLeod.

Mike Norris will step up and add relief to the Cougar offense and defense, as he will play both sides of the ball.

The Kings Academy Lions

Head Coach: Kevin Jordan

This will be the first year in the thirteen years of the school's existence, that The Kings Academy will field a football team. "We have five kids who have played recreation football, but we don't have anyone who has ever played varsity or junior varsity before," said Coach Jordan.

This year, Coach Jordan plans to concentrate on teaching the fundamentals of the game, rather than teaching strategic plays to win a championship.

"I've been very impressed with the enthusiasm of the kids," Jordan said. " For our seniors, this is a dream come true. They're getting to experience what most people never get to experience, and that's playing high school football.

Pee Dee Academy Golden Eagles

Head Coach: Lon Spivey

Sometimes bigger ISN'T better. The Pee Dee Academy Golden Eagles will have only 17 players on their varsity roster this season, and that's just fine with head coach Lon Spivey.

The later start of private schools has given the Pee Dee coaches quality time to prepare the squad by scheduling two-a-day practices to get them ready for the physical demands of running a spread offense.

With only 17 players, most players will contribute by playing offense and defense.

Scott Langmore returns to the quarterback position, coming off a season in which he passed for over 1,600 yards and 16 touchdowns.

Williamsburg Academy Stallions

Head Coach: Stephen Corey

The Stallions of Williamsburg Academy have high hopes for this coming season after they were shutout 24-0 by Colleton Prep in the first round of the SCISA playoffs last year.

The Stallions also look ahead to October 4, where they will have an arch-rivalry rematch with The Byrnes Schools.

Chris Hanna will lead the Stallions offense again this year. Hanna totaled 1,350 rushing yards and 12 touchdowns last season.

The young Stallion defense will be led by linebacker, Kurt Wilson.

 


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