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Experience key for Hannah-Pamplico football

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Pamplico—The Hannah-Pamplico football team has continued to make strides under head coach Jamie Johnson, who is heading into his third season with the team.  The Raiders recently wrapped up spring practice, and had over 40 rising sophomores, juniors and seniors participate in those drills.

Nearly the entire offense returns in 2018, led by quarterback Eric Mays.  Mays threw for 1,442 yards with 15 touchdowns while rushing for 596 yards and eight more scores last fall.  However, he missed spring ball along with a few other baseball players because of their run to the state championship series.

“We were concerned about some depth at some spots, but the baseball players being gone allowed us to find some answers in other places,” Johnson said.

The top returning targets for Mays are wide receivers Cam Profit (526 yards, 6 TD), Keondre Beach (269 yards, 2 TD), Kareem Carter (202 yards, 2 TD), and Aaron Burgess.

All five offensive linemen are back as well, with left tackle Devon Mincey, left guard Demondre Williams, center Jacob Hayes, right guard Will Jeffords and right tackle Grayson Stone.

Defensively, linebackers Kenyan Leggett and Connor Poston return after recording 75 and 62 tackles, respectively.  Up front, end Deandre McMillan racked up 14.5 sacks and 9 tackles for loss.  Jordan Lawson (6’4, 340) anchors the middle of the line.

In the secondary, Profit had 16 pass breakups and six interceptions to go with 40 stops.  Beach and Carter (50 tackles) also return.

Hannah-Pamplico will get back in the weight room as soon as school is over, and will compete in a couple of passing leagues soon thereafter.  The Raiders host the first against bigger schools such as South Florence and Lake City before traveling to Dillon for the second.

Overall, while this team has plenty of experience, Johnson is still looking for true leaders to stand out and help this group take that next step forward.

“We’re looking for leaders to emerge this summer.  Kobe Praylow was a big leader for us, so who’s going to fill that void?  We’ve had several that have stepped up, but when it gets hot in the summer, let’s see how that leadership works out,” Johnson said.

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