Pee Dee Pigskin Prep Preview - Class 1A Teams

On Tuesday, Ryan brings us a look at the 1A school who may be short on numers but are long on heart and talent

Creek Bridge Warriors

Head Coach: John Williams

Region: 8

Terrell's Bay football is no more, as the Wildcats merge forces with Brittons Neck High to form the Creek Bridge Warriors.

Terrell's Bay and Britton's Neck was former arch-rivals. "In sports, it's easier for them to get along," first year head coach John Williams said.

Coach Williams will experience his first head coaching job, after coaching several years at Mullins as an assistant coach.

Senior quarterback, Brian Bell enters his third season as starter for the former Terrell's Bay Wildcats. "We're counting on him to be a leader," Williams said.

The Warrior's biggest game this season, will be when they travel to Aynor on August 30 to begin the regular season.

*Britton's Neck did not have a varsity football program

Green Sea-Floyds Trojans

Head Coach: Doug Hinson

Region: 8

The Trojans said adios to eleven seniors in 2001, making this year's squad entirely youth. The possibility of a number of 9th and 10th grade starters may force Green Sea to not field a junior varsity team this year.

Freshman Jermaine Holmes is expected to be the starting quarterback for the Trojans. One of the few seniors, Willie Smith, should provide comfort to the young Trojans offense.

C.E. Murray War Eagles

Head Coach: William Wrighten

Region: 7

The War Eagles of C.E. Murray look for this season to be an improving one, after they were eliminated in the second round of the playoffs last season. They finished the year with a 5-7 record.

C.E. Murray may also have the dynamic duo on their offensive side this season. Seniors Travis Gamble and Teddy Franklin both spent time in the backfield last year. These two combined over a total of 500 yards, considering they weren't starters on last year's roster.

"We're not trying to build teams, we're trying to build a football program," fourth year head coach William Wrighten said. "Ever since I came here in 1999, I told the kids we wanted to be consistent and make the playoffs every year. "We want to be able to compete for a state title."

East Clarendon Wolverines

Head Coach: Dwayne Howell

Region: 4

Dwayne Howell's Wolverines finished 6-5 last season after losing to Lake View 26-6 in the playoffs. The Wolverines lost two valuable players to graduation, Chaz Howell (coach's son) and Terrell Fleming. Chaz was selected to the Shrine Bowl in 2001, while Terrell made the North-South All- Star Game.

East Clarendon's senior quarterback/wide receiver, Maurice Kennedy impressed many at the Nike Camp. He's being recruited by many colleges such as: South Carolina State, LSU and North Carolina.

There are four new opponents on this year's Wolverine schedule including Waccamaw and Lee Central. A thriller to attend is when the Wolverines travel to Hannah-Pamplico on September 6.

Hannah-Pamplico Red Raiders

Head Coach: Stan Drawdy

Region : 8

The Red Raiders, led by Head Coach Stan Drawdy, are considered to be a lethal threat in Class A. The size on the Raider offensive and defensive lines concerns all opponents. There is questions at the skill positions on the line though.

Richard Pressley (6'5", 245 lbs.) and Andre Pompey (6'1, 265 lbs.) turns some heads, especially recruiters. The duo will start both ways and should wreak havoc all season long.

Marcus Kelly, A.J. Hilton, and Jack Bragdton will combine their size and speed to ease the pain on Cory Groover's departure.

Friday nights should be barren in downtown Pamplico, as the stands will be filled for what should be another winning season.

Hemingway Tigers

Coach: Ralph Harnell

Region : 7

The Hemingway Tigers rely on the Tiger faithful and their support that leads them through the challenging season ahead. Hemingway has high expectations this season after losing in the semi-finals against Timmonsville last year.

Senior runningback, Johnny Durant shall lead the squad once more. His quickness is compared to a instant flash of lightning. With Hemingway losing all of their receivers from last year's team, Durant will have to ease the transition of the youngsters in the receiving corps by breaking big runs and proving that he's durable for an entire season.

Very few teams can say they have beaten Stan Drawdy and the Hannah-Pamplico Red Raiders three times in a row. Hemingway hosts Hannah-Pamplico September 27.


Johnsonville Flashes

Head Coach: Curtis Middleton

Region: 7

The Johnsonville Flashes ended last season with a four game losing streak. The Flashes advanced to the playoffs, but were quickly eliminated in the first round against Baptist Hill.

Fortunately, for the Flashes, 14 starters will return. Every football team needs a committed player like Wesley Ballou. Wesley is 5'11", 190 lbs. senior linebacker/fullback. Wesley has worked hard on increasing his overall speed through a summer's worth of agility drills, and the results are there.

The fans dedication has played a big part in the Flashes success. "We leave two people back in town," Flashes coach Curtis Middleton joked. "One to watch the bank and the other one to watch the guy watching the bank."

Lake View Wild Gators

Head Coach: Jewell McLaurin

Region: 8

Tradition is everything at Lake View High School, home of the Wild Gators. If you're a male athlete at Lake View High, tradition is that you'll participate in Gator Football. The result has been eight state titles starting in 1938 and continuing through the ‘70's , ‘80's and ‘90's. Another tradition for the football team is, when the Wild Gators are victorious on a Friday night, the following Wednesday finds the reward of a dinner for the entire team. Steak usually headlines the menu at the victory meal. With that considered, the Gators received a total of 11 victorious meals last season.

Lake View's biggest concern is at linebacker, where it must fill the void of one of the state's best players, Anthony Walters. Many of the Gators will play both sides. McLaurin enters his 20th season of coaching with a career record of 191-55. A big season could have him reach the milestone of 200 wins. The spotlight game of the season for the Gators, is when they travel to Cat Country, Dillon, S.C. to face the vicious Dillon Wildcats on October 6.

Lamar Silver Foxes

Head Coach: J.R. Boyd

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