Pee Dee Pigskin Prep Preview

Ryan continues his preview with a look at the 2A schools in the region.

Andrews Yellow Jackets

Head Coach: Fran Halloran

Region: 7

Even though talent is needed, the right attitude is always a great contribution. Coach Fran Halloran knew it would be a five year plan to rebuild the Andrews program, and entering his third year, he feels the Yellow Jackets are very much on course.

The Andrews coach played under current Coastal Carolina football coach David Bennett at Newberry and employs a similar coaching style. Coach Halloran also noticed a lot of family blood on the roster this year. Cousins, Ned Hemingway and Matthew Morris are competing for the starting quarterback position.

Three sophomores who stepped into the limelight last year will be a key on defense: Derrick Cumber, Avery Collins and Kevin Collins, who are also cousins.

Aynor Blue Jackets

Head Coach: Marty Jacobs

Region: 7

The Aynor High School weight room was open twice a day during the summer for football players who saw interest in taking advantage of the dead period.

The Jackets suffered in some area's such as finding a quarterback, after Alex Richardson graduated last season. Richardson started at quarterback during all four of his high school years. Quarterback is a three way battle between Kareem Ward, Chris Martin and JV signal caller Matt Savage. Ward is the team's leading receiver returning with 30 catches for 8 scores and will return to the slot if Martin or Savage can win the job.

The line brings back experience and strength, headlined by seniors Terry Collins and Reggie King.

Carvers Bay Bears

Head Coach: Nate Thompson

Region: 7

Three years ago, Choppea High and Pleasant Hill High merged into one school, Carvers Bay. This transition brings nothing but success. Senior, Nathan Grate will return for his last season at quarterback. Grate three for 280 yards last year, and that's a number that should increase dramatically as Carvers Bay plans to throw a little more than usual.

Lanard Stafford and Sammy Milton has potential to have an explosive season, as Stafford will play both sides of the ball. Milton is the junior linebacker, who is poised to have a breakout season.

Cheraw Braves

Head Coach: Johnny White

Region: 8

Cheraw is looking for the next superstar, since Alex Gaston is gone. "Of course we'll miss Alex," head coach Jimmy White admitted. "It forces us to be more balanced and get more people involved. We feel good about our skill people returning." Six starters return on offense and defense.

Paul Blackman returns at quarterback. Fortunately for the Braves, Blackman is a graduate of 2004. His top target should be 5'10" 155 pound wideout Jerayelle McManus.

Central will be Cheraw's chief rival in Region 8. The Braves out of conference schedule will make any coach's toe curl with Marlboro County, Dillon , and 1A powers Timmonsville and Lamar, which will all follow in a five weeks period.

Loris Lions

Head Coach: Steve Campball

Region: 7

Coaches have said that it doesn't matter if Loris loses 30 seniors in a year, they'll always be good. Last season , Steve Campball saw a team with up to eight sophomore starters roll to nine wins and a second round playoff appearance.

Don Hardee returns a year wiser at quarterback. The line features three returning starters headlined by 6'4", 250 lbs. junior Jerry McBurgess. Senior Aaron Stevens and Alex Smith should open up big holes.

A big game for the Lions in 2002, is when the Myrtle Beach Seahawks come to town on September 13. This game falls one week before the Lions have an open date, so there's plenty of time to recuperate.

Mullins Auctioneers

Head Coach: Denver Cromer

Region: 7

Mullins Cinderella season may strike midnight in 2002. Last year, Mullins shocked the state by winning three road games to reach Columbia. Coach Denver Cromer credits his team for never quitting in making the magical run.

Even though the Auctioneers plan to run the ball more than throwing this year, options such as Reggie Godbelt and Courtney Phillips are always ready to catch a pigskin. Tim Frazier and Justin Reeves will play at running back.

Freshman, James Crawford is the strongest person on the team. Crawford ran a 4.8 in the 40 yard dash. Quarterback, Yvon Patrick will help Crawford's transition to the varsity environment.

Waccamaw Warriors

Head Coach: James Brown

Region: 7

The Waccamaw Warriors struggled in past years finding a winning method for success. James Brown returns to the head coaching job after seven years absence. There were 27 juniors at spring practice, headlined by Lorenzo Wilson, who will get the majority of carries at running back.

Baxter Williams has not participated in football since middle school, while Brandon Drayton has never played football period. Each of which is expected to solidify the Warriors.

Lee Central Stallions

Head Coach: Baron Turner

Region: 8

This is Lee Central's third year in existence, and the football program's current record is 4-16. Former defensive coordinator, Baron Turner brings many useful changes with him.

The offense lost just two starters, when the defense only welcomes three starters. Junior quarterback, Quayvis Cotton leads the spread set with his backup and wide-out, senior Amando Harris. Turner is confident in the Lee Central front line, made up of entirely of seniors that have been together since the school opened.

With eight starting spots needed to be filled, several underclassmen will get playing time. "We're going to blitz a lot," coach Turner said. "We're going to let the kids go."

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