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Winstead era set to begin at Goose Creek

 

By Rob Gantt

rgantt@ourgazette.com

 

The curtains are set to come up on the Jason Winstead era at Goose Creek High School on July 27.

The former South Pointe defensive coordinator, who was hired in February, has been pleased with the progress his new program has made in the offseason. Participation in strength and conditioning has been spirited.

“The kids haven’t had a lot of success the last couple of years but you wouldn’t know it by how hard they’ve been working,” Winstead said. “Our numbers aren’t where they need to be yet but they’ve been good. It’s been consistent.”

Winstead won five state championships as a member of the Stallions’ coaching staff.

“It all came down to competing,” Winstead said of the culture at South Pointe. “Those kids knew if they didn’t do their job - if they did their own thing - and not what they were coached to do they knew there was somebody on the sideline that was going to come take their spot. We want them to compete every day. We want them to compete in everything we do.”

The Gators are going to Carolina Forest on Aug. 3 and will also scrimmage Sumter. On Aug. 7, the Gators will host Hartsville at 5:30 p.m.

“I know what they’ve got,” Winstead said. “I’ll know where we really stand after that one.”

In the Moncks Corner Lions Club jamboree on Aug. 9, the Gators will tangle with Wade Hampton and Colleton County.

The Gators will have a totally new look on offense. For years, they’ve been an option team. In 2018, Winstead’s Gators appear to be taking on a pass happy persona.

“Ideally we’re going to spread it out and take what the defense gives us,” Winstead said. “We’re working hard on throwing the football. I’d like to throw it all over the place but we’re not going to ignore our running backs. We’re going to take what the defense gives us.”

Dijion Singleton returns with some experience at quarterback and is in a three-man battle for the snaps. Winstead believes the crew of receivers has a shot to excel this fall.

Dante Smith and Amaru Shepherd are returners in the backfield.

“We’ve got a good many players coming back but it’s like I told them, I’m new and most of the coaches are new,” Winstead said. “Everybody is going to start over… We’ve got a bunch of guys competing for jobs.”

 

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