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H-P hoping to gain momentum during playoffs

By C.R Cumbee

Staff Writer

Pamplico—The 2017 season has been up and down for the Hannah-Pamplico football team. The Raiders went 5-5 during the regular season and finished in a three-way tie for third place in Region 6-A with a 2-3 mark.

“We’ve had some guys banged up with injuries and we ran into the buzz saw of Hemingway and Lake View. Hopefully we’ll heal up a little bit and regain some confidence going into the playoffs,” head coach Jamie Johnson said.

After the tiebreaker scenario, the Raiders were given a No. 4 seed, forcing them to go on the road to Military Magnet in the first round of the playoffs. However, Johnson feels his team has played better away from home this fall.

“Early in the season, they (Military Magnet) were in the spread. Lately they’ve gone back to the double-wing, so we’re going to have to play disciplined defense. If we can do that, we should be all right. We’re trying to make it to the second round of the playoffs in back-to-back years for the first time since the early 2000s,” Johnson said.

Connor Poston and Brice Dixon lead the defense with 53 and 44 tackles, respectively, while DeAndre McMillan has 12 sacks. Noah Baker has three sacks as well, and Jacob Daves and Cameron Profit have picked off three passes each.

“We’re young and have first-year players on defense, but we feel like they’re getting better. They still make some young mistakes, like missed tackles, but that’s from not having as much experience in the weight room,” Johnson said.

If Hannah-Pamplico is to knock off the Eagles, they will rely on their two go-to players. Running back Kobe Praylow has 938 yards and 11 touchdowns on 135 carries, and has also scored on a punt return, kickoff return and interception return.

Quarterback Eric Mays has thrown for 1,442 yards and 14 touchdowns while adding close to 600 yards and 10 more scores on the ground.

“Kobe and Eric have really been running the show for us. Kobe is averaging eight yards a carry and he’s a playmaker, especially in the return game as well. He gives us a spark on special teams. Eric has been great for us in the run game and pass game,” Johnson said.

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