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Andrews exceeding expectations on gridiron

By C.R. Cumbee
Staff Writer

Andrews—Coming into the season, Andrews head coach Scott Durham had plenty of concerns.  But after a 4-0 start, the Yellow Jackets may be better than he originally thought.  After a bit of a layoff, the team is ready to get back on the field.
“We’ve played once in the last three weeks.  They seemed to be ready to go and get back after it.  Hopefully we can get back to some sort of normalcy this week,” Durham said.  “We’ve had some guys step in and play a little better than maybe we thought they would.  We’ve been fortunate and gotten some breaks, here and there, but we’ve played better than we thought we would.”
One of the guys that has stepped up is quarterback Francis Brown, who won the job in fall camp.  He has thrown for 356 yards with seven touchdowns and zero interceptions while rushing for 235 more yards.
“I think he’s only had one turnover in four games, so he’s taking care of the football.  He hasn’t played great at times, but he hasn’t made catastrophic mistakes that would have turned games around on us.  He seems to be getting more comfortable as the season wears on,” Durham said.
Michael Pipkin has been steady at tailback, leading the team with 280 yards rushing and seven TDs.  Sophomore fullback Keshaun Williams is close behind with 268 yards on the ground.  Jerimiah Shaw heads up the receivers with 10 catches for 229 yards and five touchdowns.
The coaching staff has had to mix and matched some guys up front, but Roderick Dorsey has anchored the line at left tackle.
Defensively, the coaches have been impressed with cornerback Josiah Murphy and sophomore linebacker Franklin Grant.  Grant has 31 tackles, 7.5 for loss, and three sacks.
“We weren’t sure if he could handle that position, but he’s played really well there,” Durham said of Grant.
Next up for the Yellow Jackets is a tilt with Kingstree, who will try to deal Andrews its first loss of the season.
“Last time we played, we didn’t play very well.  We didn’t play very smart.  I want us to go out and put a good, clean ballgame together.  It’s that time of the year where we have to start getting better and better,” Durham said. 

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