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Wilson Hall High School

Wilson Hall football underway in 2017

By Ken Buck

Staff Writer

Sumter— Coach Adam Jarecki and the Wilson Hall football team will be hoping that an experienced offensive line will be the catalyst that pushes the team deep in the playoffs this season.

With nearly everyone returning along the offensive line, the Barons will have the anchor up front to make some noise in SCISA this coming year.

“(The offensive line) will definitely be our strength,” says Jarecki. Wilson Hall will also have a major part of the running game back with the return of Justin Timmons, the team’s leading rusher a year ago.

Defensively, Wilson Hall should also have anchors with the return of the team’s leading tacklers from a season ago. Jake Myers, Grayson Sontag, and Mitchell Matthews all return to help lead the defensive unit.

Even with the returners, Jarecki does have some things that concern him.

“The first thing that glares out at me is that we don’t have a lot of numbers, we don’t have a lot of depth,” he says, pointing out that Wilson Hall currently only has 27 players dressing.

“That’s a big red flag,” the head coach says. “If we can stay healthy then I think we can be competitive but if we have a couple of injuries here or there that could really (hurt us).”

Jarecki says that he’s trying to not play too many players both ways, looking to start as many of the 27 on the team as the staff can.

“Obviously though we are going to have a couple going both ways for us because we have to,” he adds. “That’s our goal right now – to start as many different people as possible and get as many people ready to play because we have to be able to recover if something happens.”

Jarecki said that he and his staff have worked diligently to help get his team conditioned to play in the heat in the early part of the season as well.

 “Knock on wood,” he says. “We have been lucky to not have had any big injuries yet and we are going to hope that keeps going that way.”

 

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