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Improved James Island looks to take next step in 2017

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

James Island – Though hardly ready to challenge perennial power Fort Dorchester for the region 7-AAAAA title this fall, the improved football team at James Island Charter High School could be in the hunt for a spot in the state playoffs.

James Island finished 2-8 last season with only one win in region play, that coming against Stratford. The Trojans were a long way from competing in most region contests but coach Ike Allred has a solid cast of underclassmen that look to make their mark this season.

The Trojans had a productive preseason before losing their season opener to St. John’s, 34-28, on August 18th. Nonetheless, Allred’s troops look to continue to build upon the good work done in the preseason.

Offensively, James Island is going with junior DQ Vinson as the starting quarterback. The 6-4, 190-pounder saw a great deal of action last season, passing for nearly 900 yards, and is prepared for a good 2017. Sophomore Gunnar Nistad also has looked solid in the preseason and will likely get some snaps under center.

The running game is manned by seniors Jermaine Alston and Detwan Walker. Alston will be the workhorse. Junior RJ Hamilton and senior Jaquez Scott are the top returning receivers and junior tight end Skye Christy has some experience.

The lone senior starter on the offensive line this season is senior guard Jackson Bozeman, who began his varsity career as a freshman and is the top blocker. Juniors Jackson Rape and Tereis Drayton entered camp as the projected starters at tackle. The other guard is junior Holden Taylor with junior Chris Barry working at center.

Senior linebacker Germonta Brisbane and senior defensive back Zakhyis Pinckney will be two leaders defensively. Also working at linebacker are Damir Morrison and J.D. Key. Working in the secondary are Jerel Jones, Walker and Davonte Dickerson.

Along the front defensively, expect juniors Major Chestnut, Hunter Matthews and Marc Walker to be among the first unit.

 Volleyball season underway

James Island’s volleyball team looks to be a strong contender in region 7-AAAAA this fall. The 2017 got underway on August 22nd against perennial SCISA power Porter-Gaud. James Island opened with the win, sweeping the Cyclones in three games.

The Trojans return a great deal of experience this fall, led by senior seniors Hailey Ryan, Ashlynn Moseley and Meadows Welch – the team’s tri-captains. Juniors Alexis Schueller and Jessica Tillman, along with sophomore Anna McClure also return with significant experience.

 

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