Pee Dee Pigskin Prep Preview - - - - -Class 3A

Ryan continues his preview of the Pee Dee with a look at the 3A schools in the area including a few teams with drems of making it to Columbia in Decemeber

Carolina Forest Panthers

Head Coach: Doc Davis

Region: 7

The growing community of Carolina Forest used to be a few stores and a couple of housing developments. Now, the small community has something to support on a Friday night, Panthers Football! Doc Davis is back for his second year at head coach.

"We've got a pair of identical twins from Pennsylvania, a tailback from Northwestern high school and another player from Estill all transferring this year," Panthers coach said.

Zack Cerny(6'3", 185 lbs.) will start as a sophomore quarterback for the 2002 season. Sedrick Green will contribute to the formidable backfield. Green is a state champion in weightlifting in hi weight class.

With a depressing 2-8 season last year, region 7-3A coaches all agree that the Panthers will be much improved in 2002.

Darlington Falcons

Head Coach: Gerald Harrison

Region: 6

The Falcons are examining their new region 6-AAA. Big teams such as Camden and Wilson will give the birds a run for their nest this season.

Darlington brings back an impressive offense line which Coach Harrison touts as smart both on and off the field William Burgess (6'0", 300lbs.), Matthew Parrish (6'1", 260 lbs.), Nygel Pearson (6'6", 305 lbs.) and Scotty Chapman (6'2", 240 lbs.) will no doubt be a physical presence.

The quarterback position will either be granted to Tim Flynn or Brenton Dana. Johnathon Robinson and Phillip Miles will pleasure the quarterback, whoever that may be.

Dillon Wildcats

Head Coach: Jackie Hayes

Region: 7

The Dillon Wildcat's 2001 season was one to remember as they went 12-1. Dillon's platform is a strong one in 2002. The Wildcats bring back a strong nucleus of players who are primed to repeat last year's outstanding season.

"Our philosophy is defense first, kicking game and then don't screw up on offense," Hayes said.

Who can go wrong with a senior 5'10" 195 running back, Raleigh Singletary. Throughout, the Wildcats 12-1 season, Singletary took the load of carries and make not only the spectacular run but the solid 4-5 yard gain that moved the chains for the Dillon offense.

Georgetown Bulldogs

Head Coach: Al Calcutt

Region: 8

It was a special day when Al Calcutt and his team saw the first ever football region championship banner hanging in Georgetown's high school rafters last season.

The Bulldogs have ten seniors returning, compared to the seventeen 2001 graduates. Nathaniel Smith will keep the fans on the edge of their seats as he should see a few more carries per game.

The Bulldogs should be able to advance into the playoffs this season.

Kingstree Jaguars

Head Coach: Edward Brogdon

Region: 6

Coach Edward Brogdon joined the Jaguar coaching staff after a late departure of former head coach Reggie Kennedy.

The Jaguars are an unknown team moving up to the 3A ranks. Junior QB Larry Elmore returns, working closely with Brogdon in spring drills. Brogdon calls junior center David Williams , the anchor of the offensive line, a dependable leader who takes care of business.

Lake City Panthers

Head Coach: Mickey Moss

Region: 7

For ten straight seasons, Lake City could take a winning season to the bank, which made last year's 3-7 campaign a shock to the program. Mickey Moss begins his 12th season with the youngest team he's ever had, but has the vision to see the potential of this group.

Harold Hess is recovering from an off-season shoulder surgery. Hess had to miss spring practice, but Moss hopes he can pick up in the summer and reclaim his starting role.

The youth movement begins on the offensive line as a pair of freshman have the frames of upperclassmen. 6'3", 275 pound Stewart Miles and 6'2", 240 pound Joshua Harrison both gained valuable experience at Clemson football camp and could very well be starters in their freshman year.

Manning Monarchs

Head Coach: Robbie Briggs

Region: 8

When you lose powerful players like Fred Bennett, Cedric Bennett, Avery Dingle and Jarrett Williams, everything should point towards a rebuilding year at Manning.

"We're as big as we've ever been on offense," coach Robbie Briggs said. Josh Miller will be the workhorse running behind Division I prospect Torrence Simon. At 6'3", 320lbs, Simon should open up plenty of big holes with assistance from fellow senior Lester Chatman.

"This is the most dedicated bunch in the off-season in the past five years," Briggs noted. "We can be a better team by the end of the year."

Marion Swamp Foxes

Head Coach: Bob Rankin

Region: 7

Despite going 4-7 last season, Palmetto football followers have true respect for Bob Rankin's Swamp Foxes. The Foxes looked impressive this past summer in passing leagues.

It's a battle for the starting quarterback position. The quartet includes: junior Marshall Hemingway, Adam Young, Brandon Campbell was the JV quarterback and Tyrell Davis concludes the ballot for the QB job.

Brad Harper was a reliable kicker for the Swamp Foxes, but is on mend from a serious automobile accident. Harper broke his hip, arm and leg and continues to work hard to be ready for the season.

Myrtle Beach Seahawks

Head Coach: Scott Early

Region: 7

Myrtle Beach finished last year's season 8-4, losing in the second round of the playoffs to the Newberry Bulldogs. With 90 players participating in off-season weight training, Coach Early is very pleased with the team's commitment.

Tony Wallace will be returning at running back after an excellent season last year. He led the state in carries, averaging 48 attempts every Friday night with 1,860 yards.

The Seahawks were 6-0 at home last year and with three home games to close out the regular season, the pieces are in place for Myrtle Beach to be much more than a one hit wonder.

North Myrtle Beach Chiefs

Head Coach: Steve Hart

Region: 7

With a shocking playoff appearance in 2001, the Chiefs of North Myrtle Beach turned a few heads throughout the state, following in the footsteps of rival Myrtle Beach Seahawks.

Monday, August 5th 12:01 a.m., Steve Hart and North Myrtle Beach players are in full pads for a little midnight madness.

Fifteen starters will be returning. Curvery Vereen will fill the hole, left by ‘01 graduate James Wilson. A strong junior class is headlined by lineman Michael Claridy. The two way starter benches 405 lbs. as well as squatting 500 lbs. Jamal Bellamy and Brian Wilson will join Charidy on the defensive line.

West Florence Knights

Head Coach: Jeff Calabrese

Region: 6

After breaking a 31 game losing streak last year, the West Florence is looking forward to a better season this year.

A big concern is the region opponents in the new region 6-AAA. The Knights figured that the new class and region would come to their advantage, since they're leaving Marlboro County, Conway, and Crestwood. The awful thing for West Florence is that, other teams in region 6-AAA is Kingstree, Wilson, and Camden.

The trio of Quinton Young, Tony Bostic and Alex Woods will take turns at carrying the load in the backfield.

Wilson Tigers

Head Coach: Darryl Page

Region: 6

The Wilson Tigers feel ashamed when reminded their lost to the Camden Bulldogs 19-17 last season in the playoffs. The Tiger's use this defeat as motivation to pump them up to what can be an interesting season for region 6-AAA.

Tyrell Solomon will take over at quarterback this year. Solomon racked up 1300 yards and 12 TD's in less than a full season last year.


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