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Barnwell High School

Undefeated Warhorses hit road for three straight

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Barnwell—The Barnwell football team was on the cusp of playing for a Class AA state title a year ago, but came up just short.  This season, the Warhorses seem motivated to get back and finish the job, going 5-0 through the first half of the season heading into region play.

“The kids are working hard and doing what we ask them to do.  So far it’s been pretty good,” head coach Dwayne Garrick said.  “We had some really good players coming back offensively.  Our defense is still a work in progress.  We expected to be a pretty good football team and I didn’t think 5-0 was unrealistic for us.”

Offensively, Barnwell’s strength has been the running game.  Brandon Harvey has led the way with 647 rushing yards and nine touchdowns while Mykal Lee and Lionel Mason have also seen carries.

“Brandon is more of the breakaway guy, but Mykal has had some 100-plus yard games as well.  Mykal is more of a bruiser when he runs.  They’re a nice one-two punch,” Garrick said.

Quarterback Pete Elmore has run the offense well and been a threat in the play-action passing game.  Tight end Julius Arnold and linemen Briggs Kearse and Isaiah Williams are the leaders up front.

On the other side of the ball, inside linebacker Jackson Carter is the team’s leading tackler.  Lineman Ernest Smith, linebacker Griffin Corley and defensive back Reggie Roberts have been other playmakers.

Special teams has also been a positive for the Warhorses.  Senior Hunter Webb stepped in as a first-year starter and has been a weapon on field goals and kickoffs.

“He’s done a great job for us.  He’s kicked a few field goals and only missed one PAT.  He’s had some touchbacks, and making teams have to go 80 yards is huge in high school football,” Garrick said.

Barnwell faces a tough slate to open conference play, but had an extra week to prepare.  The Warhorses have consecutive road games at Calhoun County, Batesburg-Leesville and Allendale-Fairfax before finally coming home to face Bamberg-Ehrhardt (Oct. 20).

“We focused a little more on ourselves (during the open week) and tried to correct some things we needed to correct.  It’s only region play from here on out so you’re jockeying for position in the playoffs.  They’re all important so we have to be ready,” Garrick said.

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