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Boiling Springs gearing up for tough region

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Boiling Springs—Heading into the 2017 campaign, there were plenty of question marks for the Boiling Springs football team.  However, the inexperienced group has been up to the challenge, currently sitting 4-1 at the halfway point in the season with the lone defeat coming to T.L. Hanna, 29-20.

“Looking back to that first game, 18 of our starters had never been on the field on Friday night before.  It was a big learning curve for them, but they’re coming out of feeder programs that are winning.  They’re used to winning.  They work hard and listen to their coaches and they’re excited about getting better,” head coach Rick Tate said.

Through four games, quarterback Dawson Taylor had thrown for 514 yards and rushed for 110 more with five total touchdowns.  Running back Trey Miller had 244 yards on the ground with a pair of scores while Charles McFadden led the team with three TDs.

Chance Guest has been used at quarterback and wide receiver, passing for 206 yards and adding 19 receptions for 228 yards.  Wide receiver Najee Thompson has 13 catches for 284 yards with two touchdowns.  Alex Deel and Dylan Brock have paved the way on the offensive line.

Defensively, linebacker Graham Derrick has a team-high 50 tackles, including five for loss and an interception.  Logan Billings (36 tackles), Michael McDowell (25 stops, 7 TFL), Brice Kirsch (22 tackles, 5 TFL), Dorrien Petty (4 sacks) and Storm Duck (2 PBU, 2 FR) have been key contributors as well.

The region slate is difficult, with one of the five teams being left out of the playoffs.  Boiling Springs opens at Dorman before hosting Byrnes.  They follow that up with a trip to Gaffney, and wrap up conference action at home against Spartanburg.

“With all five of the teams, I feel like any one of them can beat any of the others on a given night.  It’s going to come down to making plays.  We tell our kids that when you have a chance to make a play, you have to make it.  You’ve got to be sound on special teams.  Field position is going to be huge in region play.  You’ve got to do the little things,” Tate said.

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