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Gray Collegiate High School

Gray Collegiate having a memorable season

By Ken Buck

Staff Writer

Columbia— Gray Collegiate Head Football Coach Adam Holmes and his War Eagles team is in the midst of one of the best seasons in the history of football at the Midlands school.

The War Eagles finished second in the region with a 4-1 record and are 7-3 for the overall regular season.

“It’s our best regular season and region record in the history of the program,” says Holmes. “We are excited about that.”

The second place region finish gets Gray Collegiate a first round home playoff game with Cheraw, a three seed.

“We are just excited about hosting a home playoff game,” adds Holmes.

The War Eagles are currently ranked ninth in the HSSR.com Class AA polls.

On the defensive side of the ball, Duncan Rivers and John Sloan at linebacker are leading the way for Gray Collegiate.

“Both of those guys are our leading tacklers and they are four-year starters for us,” says Holmes. They are heading up a defensive that is only giving up about seven points a game for the region season and had a couple of shut outs as well.

Cam Cox on the defensive line was named the Region Defensive Player of the Year.

“He’s done a great job for us,” Holmes adds.

Offensively, Chylon Thomas is a senior wide receiver who was named the Region Offensive Player of the Year.

Junior Josh Doctor who plays running back and wide receiver was named All-Region.

Sophomore Quarterback Hunter Helms has also been a stalwart of the offense for Gray Collegiate, throwing for over 2000 yards.

Offensive lineman Tyler Lamar (6’2”, 310 lbs) was another War Eagle named to the All-Region team.

Now, with the “second season” of the playoffs begin, Gray Collegiate will look to put together a run.

“It’s something that we have been working towards,” says Holmes, adding that his team made the playoffs last season as well for the first time.

“It was our first time in that kind of environment so I think that we have learned from that,” he adds.

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