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Cheraw High School

Cheraw football advances

By Ken Buck

Staff Writer

Cheraw— After a heartbreaking loss to rival Chesterfield, the Cheraw Braves football team now move on to the “second season” of the state playoffs on the road, looking to get well in a hurry.

“We had guys dropping like flies injured (in the 38-21 loss to the Golden Rams),” says head coach Andy Poole. “It was tough.”

That loss, and an earlier region loss to Lee Central puts the Braves in third place in the region with a road playoff game at Gray Collegiate Friday night.

“We plan to just keep battling,” says Poole about his team’s approach to the playoffs. “We are going to keep practicing hard and hopefully we will see some good results on the field on Friday night.

“The biggest thing right now is we have got to get healthy. We aren’t going to make any wholesale changes on offense or defense. We are just going to adapt here and there.”

Poole pointed out that now isn’t the time to change up what’s being working.

“We’ve been averaging over 40 points a game and giving up 15,” he adds.

The Braves are currently ranked 13 in the latest HSSR.com Class AA polls.

Individually, Quan Pittman, a 6’0” 170 lbs running back, has already rushed for 1300 yards for the season and Senior quarterback Bradley Holliman is already over 1200 yards passing for the season.

Poole added that Sophomore Jalen Coit, a 6’0”, 160 lb. wide receiver, is likely going to break all receiving records at Cheraw High School. Coit has over 750 yards receiving.

Defensively, Nazir Malloy, a 6’3’ 220 lbs defensive lineman, has 15 sacks for the season. Senior linebacker Tallon Campbell is over at 100 tackles for the season.

Collin Burch and Xavier McIver have also been leaders defensively for Cheraw.

Christian McCray has helped the Braves as well.

“He’s played just about every position imaginable on our football team,” says Poole. “He has sacrificed some good individual statistics by playing any place we have needed him. We are going to probably lean on him a good bit in the playoffs.

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