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Gray Collegiate gets huge victory over Silver Foxes

By Chris Dearing
Special Contributor

West Columbia — Gray Collegiate football has found out a lot about itself in the non-region portion of its schedule. The War Eagles has played a challenging schedule and the way they finished things off will give them a load of confidence going into region play.
After playing arguably their worst game of the season, Gray Collegiate went on the road and dominated Lamar, the top-ranked team in Class A. It was the first home loss for Lamar in at least five years.
“Maybe the most important thing is we finally got healthy,” Gray Collegiate coach Adam Holmes said. “After that loss to White Knoll, we challenged our kids. We knew playing against Lamar and the tradition they have gave us an opportunity to make our mark by winning. We started off fast and that momentum just carried over. I just hope it can carry over to region play now.”
The War Eagles are 2-4 with losses to Dreher, Gilbert, Oceanside Collegiate and White Knoll. They were competitive in each of the losses with the exception of the game against White Knoll. Then came the Lamar explosion in a 38-12 Gray Collegiate victory.
“We played that tough non-region schedule and I think that helped us against Lamar,” Holmes said. “We came back after that loss to White Knoll and wanted to get the momentum in our favor.”
Hunter Helms continues to be the offensive leader. The junior signal-caller has thrown for 1,506 yards and 12 touchdowns. But he’s had plenty of help. Running back Kazarius Adams has totaled 529 yards rushing and four scores.
Helms has a trio of receivers that are capable of being big-play guys. Kyser Samuel has 35 receptions for 540 yards while Josh Doctor has 40 catches for 462 yards and four TD’s with Ny’Keem Smith adding 15 grabs for 239 yards and four touchdowns.
“Those guys might be the unsung stars for us,” Holmes said. “People really aren’t talking about them, but they go out and produce every week.”
Defensively, Armani Williams has 67 tackles, Arthur Albritton has added 64 with Braylin Scott-Joyner chipping in with 61. Highly recruited defensive end Dallaz Corbitt has five sacks and Jakel Scott has two sacks.
The War Eagles open region play against Columbia. They also will have Calhoun County, Eau Claire and C.A. Johnson to content with in Region 3-AA. It’s a wide-open race that any of the five teams could come out with the top spot.
“I think we’re prepared,” Holmes said. “We’re excited to get it started. Hopefully at the end we will have something to talk about.”

Cross Country

Kevin Heise has made his mark in boys soccer over his 20+ year coaching career but this fall he’s taken on an added responsibility.
Heise is the boys and girls cross country coach at Gray Collegiate. He’s been pleased with the progress he’s seen from his teams thus far.
“It will be exciting once we compete with teams that look more like us,” Heise said. “We go to these bigger meets and see some schools get off the bus with 60 or 70 runners. We feel good with where we are though. We keep getting better and better and that’s all you can ask for.”
In the most recent meet, 6 or 7 of the top boys runners set personal best times while 4 out of 5 girls set new personal best.
Bryce Sox has been the top boys runner. Cameron Ramirez, Jordan McKim, Peyton Starkey, and Mitchell Stevens have consistently been the top performers this fall.
Twins Madeline and Catherine McKeown have been near the top for the girls. Jennifer Gonzalez, Kayann Glass and Rebekah Shoop have rounded things out.
“I think we can compete in our region,” Heise said. “We’ve gotten a lot stronger since the beginning of the season and improved times across the board. We keep trending in that direction and we should be okay.”

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