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Numbers still proving an issue for Creek Bridge

By Justin Driggers
Consulting Editor

Marion – The Creek Bridge football team had a scheduled bye for the week ending on Sept. 28 and it was a fortuitous one.
In the aftermath of Hurricane Florence, much of Brittons Neck – where the Warriors draw a significant part of their student body from – was dealing with flooding issues and the school was closed to students until Sept. 27.
“Football is kind of secondary right now,” CBHS head coach Jimmy Vereen said. “You just hope everyone can get back to their houses and get back to normal.
“Hopefully, we can get things started up again next week.”
The Warriors are still dealing with a numbers problem as the most players they’ve had for a game was 15 against Latta a few weeks ago.
“I think the most we’ve had total was about 17 or 18 kids,” Vereen said. “We’ve had a few injuries that we’ve dealt with. But the kids are playing hard and they’re competing.”
The wear and tear on a lot of players going both ways has shown as the Warriors have worn down in the latter stages of games, Vereen said. Creek Bridge is 0-4 on the season and has been shut out three times.
“We play pretty well in the first quarter and then fatigue and some things start to set in and things go downhill,” Vereen said. “But we’ve just got to regroup and keep working on things heading into region play.”
One piece of good news for the Warriors is the likely return of RB/LB Isaac Hemingway who has been out all year. He was cleared to play two weeks ago, but the aftermath of the storm has kept both him and the Warriors off the field.
Quarterback Marcus Chandler has improved in his play in recent weeks, Vereen said, and linebacker Brandon Hellom has picked up his play as well. 
“I think we have potential, it’s just a matter of finding enough players to fill in some of these spots,” Vereen added. 

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