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Hannah-Pamplico facing tough test in playoffs

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Pamplico — Usually when teams move up a classification, there is a transition period where struggles occur.  Hannah-Pamplico bucked that trend this season, going 8-2 during the regular season and finished third in Region 7-AA.

Unfortunately, the reward for having a solid season is a first-round playoff matchup with defending Lower state champion Bamberg-Ehrhardt (9-1). However, head coach Jamie Johnson likes where his team is heading into the contest.

“We’ve been playing well,” said Johnson. “We had a gutsy win over Andrews. We were down 11 with about five minutes left to go.  We’re doing a lot of good things.”

Quarterback Eric Mays has had an outstanding year, throwing for over 1,600 yards with 20 touchdowns to only seven interceptions. He has also run for 962 yards and 10 more scores.

“We thought that if Eric could match the season he had last year, it would be a special season.  He’s already surpassed his rushing yards and passing yards from last year.  He’s played unbelievable and we’re going to rely on him for sure,” said Johnson.

Jaheim Wilson has 735 rushing yards and nine TDs while Cameron Profit leads the receivers with 41 catches for 825 yards and 11 touchdowns. Profit is also a threat in the return game.

“Cam is just explosive,” said Johnson.

Defensively, Conner Poston has been the stalwart, posting 83 stops with three forced fumbles and three fumble recoveries from his middle linebacker spot.

“He’s the quarterback on our defense. He’s come so far in three years and is a vocal leader,” Johnson said.

DeAndre McMillian has picked up where he left off last season as well, leading the team with seven sacks to go with 71 tackles.

Also picking up the slack on that side of the ball is Jalen Jenkins and Devin Daniels. Jenkins has 68 tackles and four interceptions while Daniels has 60 hits.  Hayden Powell and Kenyan Leggett are other key defenders.

“The defense has made teams go the length of the field and has gotten some turnovers. Hopefully they’ll keep getting better every day. They’ve exceeded expectations,” Johnson said. 

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