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Raiders set for showdown with Carvers Bay

By C.R. Cumbee
Staff Writer

Pamplico—As well as the Hannah-Pamplico football team played last season, they’ve taken an even bigger step forward this fall.  Moving up to Class AA hasn’t been a problem as the Raiders are currently 5-0 and 2-0 in conference play.
“We’re off to the best start in like 20 years here, so the kids are pumped up about how good they are.  We need to make sure we remain focused on the task at hand,” said head coach Jamie Johnson.
The task at hand is Carvers Bay, a traditional power that always competes for region and state championships.
“They’ve got speed everywhere so we have to play well in all three phases.  We can’t have a bad night on either side of the ball.  We’ve got to play sound defense, get our running game going, control the clock and keep it away from them,” Johnson said.
The defense has been one of the keys to success for Hannah-Pamplico.  Connor Poston leads the team with 48 tackles followed by DeAndre McMillian with 40 stops.  Cameron Profit (30 stops), Jalen Jenkins (29), Kenyan Leggett (29), Noah Baker (26) and Devin Daniels (22), Hayden Powell, Jordan Lawson, Dayon Jackson and Hayden Powell are other contributors.
“I’ve been impressed with our defense so far,” said Johnson.  “We had nine starters back over there, but I think our coaches do a great job of teaching the fundamentals.  We’ve also been great at forcing turnovers.  We’re plus-11 in turnover margin,” Johnson said.
The offense has put up big numbers this year as well.  Veteran quarterback Eric Mays has completed 36-of-66 passes for 593 yards with nine touchdowns and only two interceptions.  He has also rushed for 572 yards and three more scores on 59 carries.
Profit (13 receptions, 230 yards, 4 TD) and Kareem Carter (nine receptions, 179 yards, 2 TD) have been the top targets for Mays.  Profit is a threat on special teams as well after returning a kickoff and a punt for touchdowns.
Jaheim Wilson has been a pleasant surprise in his first season as a starter at running back, picking up 456 yards and seven scores.
“We’ve been getting more and more explosive on offense after we struggled early.  We’ve been getting some big plays and finding our playmakers more on offense,” Johnson said.

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