Gaffney Indians 2007 Preview

We ascend to the current top of the mountain as we continue our previews of next year's teams with the reigning AAAA Big 16 champions, the Gaffney Indians. Come inside with as we take a look at the Indians as they prepare to try and make it three in a row next season lead by star LB J.B. Shippy (pictured).

The Gaffney Indians are on one heck of a ride and after winning their second consecutive Big 16 AAAA state championship they look to make it three in a row next season. caught up with Gaffney assistant coach Kevin Phillips for a brief overview of where the Indians stand after spring practice and some of the key players that will be making significant contributions next year.

The Indians lost last year's Mr. Football in QB Malcolm Long so that's where we start as it will be the biggest question mark regarding their chances next season. Phillips had this to say about the early reviews after spring practicce, "Quarterback is a question mark but we have 3 candidates. David Dewberry is a senior at 6'3 225 pounds with a strong arm and the leader at this point. We also have Dustin Batchlor Jr. and Josh Corry, a sophomore that is our future quarterback."

The biggest star for Gaffney this year is linebacker J.B. Shippy who boasts a strong collection of scholarship early on. Phillips talked about the Indians defensive outlook as well. "We only return 3 starters on defense but we have a wealth of talent coming up from the 9th grade team and jv's. Of course having J.B. back helps tremendously, as far as I am concerned he is the best defensive player in our state and he can back that statement up. He also he had an awesome spring! Also at DL Levor Ross returns, he is being highly recruited as well at 6'3 280 pounds. He can move extremely well for his size. We also have Johnny Woods 6'0 185 pounds who is a hard hitting safety who really loves to play ball."

"On offense the entire offensive line returns only having to replace a left tackle who split time with the young man who we believe is our next BIG recruit, Denzell Good. He's 6'5 295 pounds and ran a 5.1 second 40 in the spring. He is impressive, can dunk a basketball, is quick on his feet, and wears a size 17 shoe, and could end up playing both ways on both lines. He is a tremendous talent. We return both tailbacks and added Kenard Lipscomb a rising sophomore who outran WR Tyson Petty this spring in track." Petty was Gaffney's supreme speed wideout last season as he earned North-South honors. Having two strong running backs and a new running back who's faster than Petty will be something opposing defenses will have to take weeks to try and come up with a plan to contain behind a strong offensive line.

Phillips concluded saying, "Spring practice went well, we are finding out where everyone needs to be. Things once again look promising here in Gaffney. Hopefully it is all adding up for a return trip to Columbia. That is what we expect every year and this year is no different." will have more updates on the Gaffney Indians and their key players so stay tuned.

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