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Young Cross team suffering growing pains in ‘18

By David Shelton
Senior Writer

Cross – For a program that has been fairly successful over the last several decades, the 2018 football season is a lesson in futility for the Cross High Trojans and their head coach Shaun Wright.
Through six games this season, the Trojans have yet to find success. The last time a Cross football team failed to win a game was 1969 and the Trojans have won at least two games in every season since 1969.
Wright, now in his seventh season, is 50-22 over the first six seasons as head coach. But he has never had a team as young as his 2018 squad, which has only one senior on the roster. Many of the players seeing significant playing time are junior varsity eligible players. That may end up being a positive in future seasons but for now, taking the lumps is the order of the day.
Cross has managed only one touchdown offensively through six games. Their best effort of the season came two weeks ago when they lost a 16-8 decision to Lake Marion. Cross has allowed 220 points in the other five games.
Junior Deondre Brown has taken the role of quarterback this fall as a first-year starter. Junior Dorian Pinckney has been a key two-way performer. He leads the Trojans in rushing and also has 25 tackles on defense.
The lone senior, Derrick Mack, has been getting carries in the backfield and has 26 tackles on defense. Juniors Marion Footman and Zyrell Eadie also see time at running back and help defensively.
Sophomore Xavier Gattis is a promising player at receiver and defensive back. Junior Tylik Green and freshman Ashton Howard also play well defensively.
Howard and Green are starters along the offensive front, along with Travon Walters, Jordan Simmons and Quashawn Whitten.
Cross will have four games in October to finish the season. They play Branchville on October 5th, followed by games with Bethune-Bowman, Scott’s Branch and Baptist Hill.


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