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Wade Hampton High School
Varnville

Wade Hampton trying to build on 2017 season

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Varnville—The Wade Hampton football team captured a region championship and won a first round playoff game in Jerry Brown’s first season at the helm, and now the Red Devils are looking for even more in 2018.

The program went through spring practice and saw a lot of positives, even though there was some turnover in the coaching staff.

The offense should be one of the top units in the Lower state this fall, featuring rising senior fullback Pernell Maxwell, who had 2,133 yards and 25 touchdowns on 225 carries last year.  Running back DeShareoh Williams (400 yards, 6 TD) and quarterback Quayshon Williams (10 total TD) return in the backfield as well.

Up front, six offensive linemen with playing experience are back.  Jake Keyes and Zach Terry are the tackles, Zack Wilson is at center, and Evan McCutcheon, Sheldrick Gibbs and Nathan Davis will all see time at guard.

Running back Josh Brown and wide receiver Jonell Wright are newcomers to the lineup.

“Our whole offense should be good.  We’ve got the top fullback in the state, probably one of the top five running backs in the state.  Combine that with six offensive linemen and the others we’ve got, that’s pretty good,” Brown said.  “I expect us to be more balanced this year.  We’ve got a quarterback who can throw it pretty well so we’ll probably open it up more.  We kept things real simple last year.”

Defensively, nose tackle Saveyon Jennings is the only returner up front, but Doug Jones and Jeremy Wilson will get a chance to make an impact on the line. 

Leading tackler Matt Smith returns at linebacker alongside Quincy Robinson, and Brown moves from linebacker to strong safety.  Ty Shaw and Jaylin Loadholt are the veterans in the secondary.

If Wade Hampton expects to improve on their 7-win total from last season, it will come down to one area: the weight room.

“A few of them still don’t understand the value of working in the weight room.  They’ve hurt themselves by not meeting those expectations.  Some of them have done great, but some of them still need to get in the weight room.  You’re only as strong as your weakest link and those younger kids need to grow up quick,” Brown said.

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