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Cross High School

Cross opens regular season with huge victory

By C.R. Cumbee

 Staff Writer

CrossCross football coach Shaun Wright challenged his team during the preseason, scheduling scrimmages against Williston-Elko, Allendale-Fairfax, Wade Hampton and Military Magnet. While the Trojans shut out Burke, 40-0, in the season opener, Wright still knew there was plenty to work on.

“I thought we looked a little better in the scrimmages. Playing that type of competition really forced our kids to up their game,” Wright said.

The strength of the team will be its linebackers and running backs, starting with Wofford commit Nathan Walker. Koby Lisbon and Kendale Gadis are the other ball carriers while Raekwon Smalls, Dorian Pinckney and Jovonne Ripley make many of the tackles.

Smalls, Nathaniel Walker, Geandre Butler, Curtrell Pinckney and Krishawn Wilson make up the offensive line, and Butler, Pinckney and Walker will also start on the defensive line.

“Up front, they’ve been a surprise, even though we don’t have the numbers,” Wright said.

Sophomore Myron Wigfall earned the nod at quarterback and became the first quarterback in Wright’s tenure to throw for over 100 yards in his first career start. Ripley and BJ Fuller are his top targets at receiver.

In the secondary, Fuller and Lisbon are the safeties, and Gadis and Chris Moore are the cornerbacks.

As with many Class A schools, depth is an issue for the Trojans. If one player gets injured, it’s essentially like losing two starters.

“I’m not concerned with the starters. I’m concerned about the depth that we have. I think we’re solid across the board as far as the starters go, but when the second and third quarters roll around, can those guys still give you the output you need, especially against better competition. That remains to be seen,” Wright said.

After coming in second in the region a year ago, Cross will once again be in the hunt for a conference crown. However, they will have to overcome defending champion C.E. Murray.

“If we had a couple guys banged up or lost a kid for whatever reason and we’re not at full strength, that’s understandable. If we’re fully healthy, I’d be disappointed if we don’t win the region,” Wright said.

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