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Andrews to face Barnwell in first round of playoffs

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Andrews—The Andrews football team has never won less than nine games in a season under head coach Scott Durham, but in order to keep that streak alive, the Yellow Jackets will need to make a deep run in the postseason.

They were in the hunt for a region championship at the midway point of the region schedule, but struggled down the stretch.  Andrews opened the campaign with six straight victories before falling to Mullins, Hannah-Pamplico and East Clarendon, leaving the team in fourth place in the standings.

The Yellow Jackets face a tough challenge in the first round of the Class AA playoffs, having to travel to undefeated No. 1 seed Barnwell.  If they are unable to pull off the upset, they will say goodbye to a number of seniors who helped turn the program around.

Offensively, fullback Michael Pipkin has rushed for 539 yards and nine touchdowns.  Andrews will also lose its top two receivers in Jerimiah Shaw and Bryce Johns.  Shaw hauled in 23 passes for 530 yards with 10 scores while Johns added 210 yards with a pair of TDs.

On the defensive side, Gamal Alston has a team-high 65 tackles, including 12 for loss and two sacks.  Josiah Murphy (50 tackles, 5.5 TFL, 2 interceptions), Jaqualin Little (45 tackles, 8 pass breakups, 3 interceptions), and Shaw (8 pass breakups, 4 interceptions) are other key players departing.

Andrews should be in a position for success again in 2019, with quarterback Francis Brown and running back Keshaun Williams returning after earning starting positions for the first time this season.

Brown threw for 835 yards with 15 touchdowns to only six interceptions, and also ran for 500 yards with three more scores.  Williams picked up 664 yards on the ground with eight TDs.

Sophomore Franklin Grant will anchor the defense after recording 60 tackles, 9.5 tackles for loss and three sacks.  Kevon Dorsey and Rodrick Dorsey will also be back after making 40 and 24 stops, respectively.  They also combined for 9.5 tackles for loss.

In other news, the Andrews volleyball team recently wrapped up its season in the second round of the playoffs.  The Yellow Jackets upset Woodland in the first round before being eliminated by Gray Collegiate Academy.

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