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Barnwell High School

Barnwell football aiming to ‘get over that hump’

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

BarnwellBarnwell has been on the cusp of something great for the past two seasons, coming up just short of playing for a state championship.  The Warhorses return a large majority of the previous group this season, and head coach Dwayne Garrick says they still have a sour taste in their mouths.

“We’ve gone 12-2 the last two years and lost in the Lower state championship the last two years.  For a lot of people, that’s good enough.  These kids are realizing that’s not good enough.  They want to do whatever it takes to get over that hump, whether that’s getting in extra workouts over the summer or just being more physical,” Garrick said.

Barnwell got back on the field for spring practice, with over 60 players participating.  Offensively, the Warhorses had to replace Pete Elmore at quarterback, and Garrick has been pleased with the progress and leadership of Craig Pender in that spot.

Running back Brandon Harvey returns after rushing for 1,200 yards with 17 touchdowns and will run behind three veteran linemen in center Nathan Miller and tackles Isaiah Williams and Briggs Kearse

Julius Arnold and Deshawn Watson are back at tight end while receivers Dallyon Creech, Ty Frazier and Ena Bynum are the other returning skill players.

“We’ve been getting in some one-back stuff, but we’re trying to sell out to it.  We’ve still done some wishbone on the light end, but that’s been flip-flopped the last three years.  With the personnel we’ve got, we’re trying to stretch it out, do some no-huddle and snap it with a little bit of urgency.  The spring helped us with that,” Garrick said.

Defensively, Arnold and Watson form a powerful tandem at inside linebacker while Dylan Walker, Ernest Smith and Copeland Burbage are the returners up front.  In the secondary, free safety Markeith Corley is back from injury while Markell Corley and Reggie Roberts return at cornerback.

“We knew what we had on defense.  Those guys have been around so it was more about getting back to formation recognition, running downhill and taking good angles, and that kind of stuff,” Garrick said.

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