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Gray Collegiate High School

Gray Collegiate looking to bounce back

By Ken Buck

Staff Writer

Columbia— After last season’s 4-7 record, the Gray Collegiate Academy War Eagles are looking for improvement in 2017.

Head Coach Adam Holmes will be looking to a defensive unit to help make that turnaround. Gray Collegiate returns nine starters on that side of the ball.

The linebacking core for the War Eagles will likely include John Sloan, Duncan Rivers, and Arthur Albritton.

Anchoring the veteran defensive until up front will be linemen Cam Cox, Noah Livingston, Brendan Evans Greyson, and Boone Tomlinson.

Holding down the secondary for Gray Collegiate will like be Chylon Thomas, Kahleel Peterson, Kelvon Robinson, and Spencer Stevenson.

Thomas will also be one of the team’s wide receivers and he is receiving serious interest from college scouts throughout the country, including Perdue, Presbyterian, SC State, and Newberry.

Kizer Samuel is another wide out that should be key for the War Eagles.

Cox, who will also play offensive line, has seen interest from Presbyterian and Newberry, while Sloan is hearing from The Citadel, Davidson, and SC State.

Offensively, Holmes syas that Thomas and Samuel are “electric” wide receivers and will pair with returning starters Carlos Aponte and Josh Doctor, at running back and wide out, respectively.

Holmes added that the biggest weakness for the Gray Collegiate team currently is a lack of depth along the offensive and defensive lines.

Expected to help out along the offensive line for the War Eagles include Tackle Tyler Lamar and Caleb Moore.

The offensive line will be looking to protect quarterbacks Reece Fields and Hunter Helms.

Gray Collegiate got off to a bit of a rocky start to the 2017 campaign with a loss to Gilbert, 48-14. This Friday night the War Eagles will face another big test in a non-region game at Calhoun County, which will then be followed by equally tough road games at Pelion and Dreher.

 The first home game of the season for the War Eagles will be Sept. 22 when Gray Collegiate hosts Brookland-Cayce.

 

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