Cross Trojans 2007 Preview

Cross, SC - Last fall the Cross Trojans finished out the season with a 6-6 record. With a plethora of young talent returning, the Trojans are hoping this will be their breakout year to make some noise. took a trip up Highway 6 to catch up with Coach James Waring and the 2007 Cross Trojans.

Coach: James Waring (3rd Season)

Region: 6-A

Record in 2006: 6-6

Key Players Lost: Micah Tucker (Johnson C. Smith), Rashid Boone (North Greenville), Kelshawn Smith (North Greenville), Keba Footman, Jermaine Simmons, Timothy Samuels

Rising sophomore Dequawne Gooding will be the QB under center for the Trojans this fall. He will be operating behind an offensive line unit that is currently going through a rebuilding process. Though Cross may not have a lot of depth in this area, the young Trojans are certainly up for the challenge. Junior RB Myron Howell will be looking to have a breakout year on the ground this season especially after showing much promise on last season.

Style of Offense: Double Wing

Key Players on Offense: RB Myron Howell (JR), QB Dequawne Gooding (SO), RB Montae Nelson (SR)

One of the biggest challenge for the Trojans this season will be on the defensive side of the ball. This will certainly be an area where they will have to depend on their young talent. With a little bit of seasoning, this unit could turn out be a solid group of contenders.

Defensive Formation: 4-4

The Trojans will rely on JR Torrell Jones to handle the majority of the kicking duties.

Young Star(s) on the Rise: FB/LB Corde Doiley (FR)

Predictions/Final Thoughts: "Our kids have bought into what we've been preaching. They have been attending the weight room on a regular basis, and seem really excited about where the program is going. It seems like the team is much closer now than in the past. Everyone is pulling together because they know they have to depend on each other. We look to finish in the top half of the region this year. Second place is attainable, but first place is something we are all shooting for." -Coach James Waring

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