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Leadership a major concern for Andrews football

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Andrews—The Andrews football team has been a consistent winner under head coach Scott Durham, but this season may be a little tougher for the Yellow Jackets.  The team recently wrapped up spring practice with several concerns still remaining.

“This is going to be our smallest group we’ve ever had on the varsity because our rising junior class is so small.  We ended up with a total of 65 altogether, both varsity and jayvee,” Durham said.  “We got our basic stuff installed.  I was hoping to get a little more clarity on the quarterback situation, but there’s not really any separation there.  I think we found our best five up front on offense and our best four up front on defense.  Those were things we wanted to get sorted out.”

Five starters are back on offense, starting with three returning offensive linemen in J.R. Miller, Joe Blake and Ty’Jon WraggMichael Pipkin is the veteran in the backfield, and Jerimiah Shaw returns after leading the team in receiving yards last fall.

Francis Brown and Bryce Johns are the two options to take over at quarterback.  Brown was the signal caller on the jayvee team while Johns started at wide receiver on the varsity a season ago.  Offensive linemen Zack Johnson and Rodrick Dorsey are other potential starters.

Defensively, Gamal Alston anchors the line with newcomers Kevon Dorsey and Waccamaw transfer Kendrick WilliamsTyler Middleton and Keyshaun Williams are the mainstays at linebacker, with Jaqualin Little and Jalen Smith retuning in the secondary.

“At this point, we’ve got what we’ve got.  You just have to go out and do the best you can.  We’re going to get as much work as we can over the summer to get stronger and faster and get ready to go,” Durham said.

If Andrews expects to continue its winning ways, they need more players to step up and hold everyone accountable for their actions.

“Leadership is the biggest issue we’ve got.  This is probably the most immature group of seniors that we’ve had.  J.R. Miller is about the only one of them that exhibited those leadership qualities.  We probably overachieved last year because we had really good leadership.  Hopefully some guys will step up and emerge in those roles,” Durham said.


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