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Andrews High School

Yellow Jackets aiming for 10-win plateau

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Andrews—The Andrews football team has won nine games in each of head coach Scott Durham’s three seasons, and are on pace to at least match that feat for the fourth consecutive year.

The Yellow Jackets finished the regular season 8-2 overall, including a second-place result in the Region 7-AA standings. They fell to Carvers Bay in the conference opener but have bounced back to win their last five games.

Andrews is ranked No. 7 in the latest HSSR Class AA poll and will host Garrett Tech in the first round of the playoffs. If they get past the Falcons, they will most likely travel to No. 6 Barnwell (9-1) in round two.

“I think we’ve improved over the last few weeks, for the most part. We’re trying to get better and peak at the right time,” Durham said. “It’s always good to play at home. Those long bus rides can be tough and you don’t have to alter your normal routine. That’s always an advantage.”

The Yellow Jackets have suffered some major injuries this fall, losing offensive lineman Gus Lambert for the year with a broken leg while defensive back Deontrea Shackleford is out with torn ligaments in his foot.

However, everyone else has picked up the slack. Quarterback Jaizell Murphy has thrown for more than 800 yards with 10 touchdowns while adding another 400 yards on the ground. Michael Pipkin also has over 800 rushing yards.

Running back/linebacker R.J. Knowlin has been one of the better two-way players in the region, surpassing the 1,000-yard mark while scoring 13 touchdowns. On defense, he has recorded 70-plus tackles.

Fellow linebacker Dayton Altman is another one of the leading tacklers with 70 stops, and defensive lineman Sayvon Morris is tops on the team with five sacks to go with his 55 tackles.

The secondary has been shuffled around, but Jaqualin Little has been the most consistent performer there.

“Our biggest thing right now is just staying healthy,” Durham said. “Offensively, we’ve been pretty balanced with our tailback, fullback and quarterback. We’ve got a couple of receivers playing at a pretty high level. Defensively, we’ve gotten better and started to jell. We’ve given up some points, but it’s been more special teams issues anything else.”

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