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Creek Bridge still struggling with numbers

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Marion—One of the biggest obstacles Creek Bridge football coach Jimmy Vereen has faced during his three years with the program has been lack of participation.  This spring, the Warriors continued to struggle with numbers as the group went through offseason drills.

“We’re just trying to get more young guys to participate in the program.  We don’t want to be worn out by the time the second quarter starts.  In spring practice, we only had 11 players altogether, but we got some things done.  We installed the offense and defense.  With the kids we’ve got, we can be decent.  It’s just that we don’t have enough,” Vereen said.

While the team may be fairly young, the underclassmen have shown potential.  Several players started as freshmen a year ago, including linemen Deonte Stackhouse, Javarius Woods and Tyrique Alston.

“The rising sophomore class has all the potential in the world.  In football, you have to have that special drive and be goal-oriented.  If you don’t, you’re just going through the motions,” said Vereen.  “Deonte calls me all the time, even on Sundays, to work out.  He’s not as strong as he needs to be, but he’s very driven and he wants to be good.  He’s got pretty good grades and I’m pulling for him.”

Joining those three in the trenches on offense are senior Brandon Hellom and junior Donald Robinson

Marcus Chandler takes over at quarterback while Isaac Hemingway returns at fullback.  Running back Jaytron Gause is healthy after missing time last season with an injury, and Ron Stackhouse and Ronald Green will see time at wide receiver.

Defensively, Stackhouse, Robinson and Woods are flanked up front by end Jeffrey Reaves.  Hellom and Hemingway are at the linebacker spots along with De’Avion Brockington.  Stackhouse and Green are the cornerbacks, with Chandler at safety.

“We’re going to give them opportunities to be successful over the summer.  We’ll open up the weight room two times a day.  If you work in the evening, you can come in the morning.  If you work in the morning, you can come in the evening.  We’ve tried to address any problem they may have as far as getting to workouts,” Vereen said.

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