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Andrews High School

Expectations remain high for Andrews football

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Andrews—The Andrews football team has become a model of consistency under head coach Scott Durham. The Yellow Jackets went 9-3 last season and should be in contention to compete for another region championship this fall. They open the season Week Zero against Waccamaw.

“We’ve just got to keep getting better. We’ve been working on us from the get-go and now we’re going to start focusing on someone else. You can’t play well if you don’t prepare to play well. We’ve got to get into that process now,” Durham said.

Quarterback Jaizell Murphy will begin his third year under center and is 18-5 as a starter. He rushed for 818 yards and threw for 884 more with 22 total touchdowns in 2016.

Running back Michael Pipkin another returner and gained over 1,100 yards last fall. Jalen Smith and fullback RJ Knowlin are others expected to share carries. Jerimiah Shaw and Bryce Johns are the receivers with Dayton Altman at tight end.

The offensive line brings back four starters in Sayvon Morris, Conner Cantley, Gus Lambert and Joe Blake. Jervonia Miller is the newcomer to that group.

“We’re experienced up front and at quarterback, so we’re counting on those guys. We’ve got some receivers that have played a good bit. The fullbacks are guys that haven’t played with us before so they’re learning. Once we get those guys on track, we should be okay on offense,” Durham said.

Defensively, the secondary remained intact with Ja’Qualin Little, Markez Brunson, Deontrea Shackleford and Johns. Shackleford had 37 tackles while Johns broke up eight passes.

In the front seven, only Morris on the defensive line is a returning starter. Jeremiah Gasque, Ty’Jon Wragg and Adrian Anderson will join him in the trenches while Smith, Altman, Tyler Middleton and Keyshawn Williams get snaps at linebacker.

 “We’re more athletic than we’ve probably ever been, it’s just a matter of getting guys to do what they’re coached to do. We feel good about the linebackers. They’re getting better daily. The secondary is where we’re experienced so we count on those guys to play well. Up front we’ve got to get guys to do the job,” Durham said.

On special teams, placekicker Juan Pineda is back after converting 38-of-47 extra points last fall. Murphy returns as the punter.

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