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Stall High School
North Charleston

Bessinger continuing to build numbers at Stall

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

North Charleston—The Stall High football team has seen steady improvement under head coach Joe Bessinger, who has continued to build the program’s numbers over the last several seasons.  The Warriors recently had 53 players compete in the spring game, all rising sophomores, juniors and seniors.

“This is the first time in a few years that we’ve had no kids going both ways,” Bessinger said.  “One thing I was real pleased with was their coachability.  They soaked up all the coaching and they were eager to learn.  I was pleased with what I saw.”

Stall returned 10 starters from last fall, but nine of those are on the defensive side of the ball.  Rashad Jenkins anchors the middle of the line while Damian Johnson and Caelan Prioleau flank him at the end positions. 

Vaniel Morehead, Lamontae Heatley, Brent Hicks and Andrew Allen all have experience at linebacker, and cornerback Jawoyn McCloud and safety Jamarious McClellan are back in the secondary.

Other players that could see action on defense include linemen Khalil Mack-Gooch and D’Adrian Dessaussure, cornerback Shaundale Bannister, and strong safety Ron Dessaussure.

“We were able to spend less time on the basic concepts and get right into more complex blitz packages or shifts.  This is the third year in the system for some of them.  I’m pretty excited about the defense,” Bessinger said.  “The ability and knowledge of the scheme is there, but now it’s about cleaning everything up and playing smart and disciplined football.”

The lone starter returning on offense for Stall is wide receiver Tyshon Richardson, who is one of the top athletes in the entire school.  Drequan Davis, Dewitt Parker and Stephon Smalls are the other receivers, with Dre Martin taking over at quarterback and Tyquan Cooper and DJ Chestnut at running back.

The offensive line consists of Victor Sanchez, Kevron Graham, Karahn Stanley, Aaron Lemon and Trey Washington.

“I was pretty pleased with what we were able to get accomplished.  The kids on the offensive side of the ball really had a good offseason of installation.  A lot of the teaching was fundamentals and techniques, and they got better from day one to day 14,” Bessinger said.

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