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Johnson surrounded by quality assistants at H-P

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

PamplicoJamie Johnson has brought stability to the Hannah-Pamplico football team.  After the Raiders seemingly had a revolving door at head coach, Johnson enters his third season in charge of the program.  He has a solid staff around him and hopes that will continue to pay off on the field this year.

“I haven’t taken a summer day off in three years of being here, but had to miss a day last week.  They did a good job while I was gone and that trust has continued to grow,” Johnson said.

Two members of the coaching staff – wide receivers/defensive backs coach Jimmy Williams and defensive line coach Eric Mincey – have deep ties to the community, which has been a huge benefit.

“They went to Hannah-Pamplico, so they love the school and will do anything to make the school successful,” Johnson said.

Eddie Fields was promoted to defensive coordinator this summer after Nick Dixon left for a job in Chesterfield.  Fields will also focus on inside linebackers and the offensive line.

“He’s doing a good job of putting more on their plate.  I think we’ve been kind of basic the last couple of years, so we’re actually expanding on what we’re doing on defense.  We’re running some new stuff.  He’s kind of changed some of the terminology, but it lets them be athletes.  We’re definitely a lot better in the secondary,” Johnson said.

The new addition to the unit is former West Florence head coach Trey Woodberry, who will deal with quarterbacks and outside linebackers.

“It’s cool because I played for him,” said Johnson.  “We’ve always had a good relationship and we’re excited to have him.  I think he’s enjoying coaching football again and not having to be an athletic director.  He’s having fun and is walking into a good situation with our quarterback, Eric Mays.”

Johnson will continue to call the plays as well as mentor the running backs.  Tim Stewart was moved from the jayvee to the varsity and will help with wide receivers and defensive backs.  John Gathings will be the junior varsity head coach.

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