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Beaufort Academy football team off to 4-1 start

By Ken Buck
Staff Writer

Beaufort—The Beaufort Academy football team is heading into the home stretch of the regular season with a stellar 4-1 record overall despite missing time and games due to Hurricane Florence.
Head Coach Mark Clifford said that his team is coming around after a long process.
“We started in August and we kind of developed,” he says. “We are still making a lot of mistakes assignment-wise and every week we have to iron that out. But the speed of the offense helps to take care of (the mistakes).”
He added that he is pleased with his team’s effort.
“They go hard on every play,” he says. “They learned that from our practice schedule. We block and tackle in every single practice and everyone on the team blocks and tackles. We do our (various drills) every single day and everyone is involved, and that’s what I love about it.”
Clifford said that he has some good leadership in Seniors Edward McCormick (LB/FB) and Daniel Richards (OL/DL), who are also producing on the field.
And the senior leadership is needed for a team with a mix of experience and youth, including a number of eighth graders.
Clifford added that his team has become quite physical but also has developed some team chemistry, all of which has come into play in their successes so far.
“These kids are getting excited about football,” he adds.
Running Back De’Shaun Epps has paced the offense so far with over 1200 yards rushing and 23 touchdowns. Epps also has four receptions.
Dawson Coleman, the team’s returner at quarterback, has passed for 365 yards and seven touchdowns in the first five games for Beaufort Academy.
Wide Receiver William Tumlin leads the team in receptions with 12 in the first five games. He also has scored four touchdowns.
Tumlin also has scored four two-point conversions and kicked 16 extra points and averaging 42 yards a punt.
Friday night Beaufort Academy will be taking on Andrew Jackson Academy.

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