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 Hodge remarks about Bailey & future of Panthers football

By Mark Hodge

Head Football Coach/Chapman High School

Chapman—“Colton Bailey is a tremendous individual, on top of being a phenomenal QB.  I feel he did more for his team than any other player in South Carolina.  The authority we were able give him on and off the field is a true testament to his maturity, character and God given physical abilities, intellect and leadership skills.  

The final quarter of his high school career sums it all up.  Willing his team from a 21 point deficit, against one of the best programs (Dillon) in the state, to a half time tie - all the while with a busted throwing shoulder - is simply remarkable.  It is fitting his last play as a Chapman Panther culminated this first half comeback with a touchdown pass.  My only regret is the rest of the world was not blessed to spend everyday of his high school career with him as, I have.”  

Coach Hodge talking about the future of Chapman football: “I can say many of the same great things about our graduating senior class as I have said about Colton.  Replacing the likes of DJ Twitty, Richard, Tucker, Patrick Phongsat, Anthony Brown, Jacob Morris, Chandler Adams, and others will be no small task. 

However, we said the same thing about Deebo Samuel, Malik Gray, DaShawn Davis, Addison Perry, Michael Scott and others five years ago.  The expectations, standards and performance level set by the coaching staff and reached by all the aforementioned and non-mentioned, players will not change. 

If anything, they will increase with each graduating class who dares to take the next step.  Next years offense will be led by four year returning starter Brandon Adams at wide receiver. The other receiver spots will be filled by rising juniors Ben Rollins, Noah Twitty and Dashun Davis, all of whom started at some point this season.  At quarterback will be Mikele Colusardo and we look for him to add another chapter in the great play at the quarterback position here at Chapman. 

Rising juniors Donte Smith, a 900 yard rusher, along with Brandon Jones will complete the offensive skill positions.  We return four offensive linemen who have started for us:  Luke Cromer, Dillon Johnson, Trey Wilson and Lucas Garrett.  We will be led defensively by senior defensive back Jaylin Smith.  The rest of the secondary will be decided in the off season.  Returning at linebacker will be Timothy Ferguson, Paxton Tolleson and Eli Whittemore.  The defensive front will be decided in the off season with Thomas Grigg, Lamone Terrell, Gabe Watson, Eric McClain, Dillon Johnson, Tyler Rogers and Jaylin Pearson battling for positions.  All kickers return in 2018.  We are excited about the growth potential and God given abilities of next years team.”  

Note: Bailey came into the state finals completing 71 per cent of his passes for 3.175 yards and 42 touchdowns with only two picks. Hs had also rushed for 894 yards and 15 rushing touchdowns. (The HSSR strongly feels Bailey deserves an opportunity to play at the next level and pound per pound he is amongst the toughest players we have ever covered in our 31 years of existence covering high school sports in the state of South Carolina!)

  

 

 

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