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Creek Bridge High School
Marion

Creek Bridge football looking for improvement

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Marion—It was another tough season for the Creek Bridge football team. The Warriors were unable to pick up a victory and qualify for the playoffs, but head coach Jimmy Vereen is not ready to throw in the towel.

 The longtime Mullins assistant will get back to the drawing board and try to find a way to get the team to play at a higher level.

“It’s tough when you’re not winning. It’s a small school so we’ve got to get some more kids out somehow. We’ve got to keep developing and try to have some success. That’s the key,” Vereen said.

Creek Bridge ended season with only 15 players, and several of those will graduate. The biggest loss will be Tim Fladger, who played multiple positions.

“Tim matured so much as an athlete from his sophomore year when I first got there to his senior year. He could play receiver, quarterback, defensive end, cornerback. I would put him against a lot of players at bigger schools. He needs to increase his speed, and I think he can do that. He can play at the next level,” Vereen said.

Other players moving on include linebacker Jahmel Rogers, offensive/defensive lineman Jeremiah Baker, running back/defensive back D’Andre Hellom, defensive lineman Jamie Wingate and defensive back Dre Gause.

The Warriors will look to several players to improve in the offseason and take on more leadership roles in 2018. Isaac Hemingway could be used at several positions on offense and defense, and played through injuries for most of the season.

Center/linebacker Brandon Hellom, offensive/defensive lineman Javaris Woods, wide receiver/defensive back Ron Stackhouse and quarterback Marcus Chandler are potential impact players as well.

“We had about six freshmen, and four of them were linemen. They’re all big, but we’ve got to get them stronger. They were playing against seniors, so that was a challenge for them, but they didn’t quit. Our main objective now is getting them in the weight room and getting them tough,” Vereen said.

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