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Wade Hampton High School
Varnville

 

Brown trying to get best out of Red Devils

By C.R. Cumbee
Staff Writer

Varnville—After capturing the region championship a year ago, the Wade Hampton football team built on that momentum in 2018 by winning its first five games.
However, head coach Jerry Brown knew that the stats were somewhat deceiving, as their five wins came over teams who combined for just two victories to this point in the season.
The Red Devils were brought down to reality last week with a loss to Bamberg-Ehrhardt, and Brown hopes it serves as a wakeup call for his team.
“I was the least surprised person because we had a very poor week of preparation last week.  We just kind of went through the motions,” said Brown.  “Sometimes kids have to learn the hard way.  We certainly saw a very good football team and also saw what happens when you’ve been lifting weights your whole high school career compared to a year.”
Wade Hampton can get back untracked this week as they face a struggling Lake Marion squad.  They would then travel to Ridgeland-Hardeeville before returning home to face May River in a game that could decide the conference crown.
“You can get away with poor fundamentals against a below average team.  Against a good team, you can’t make those mistakes,” Brown said.  “We’re just going back to basics like its August.  We’ve got to worry about ourselves and learn how to do the little things.”
Leading the way for the Red Devils is fullback Pernell Maxwell, one of the top rushers in the state with 77 carries for 950 yards and 13 touchdowns.  
DeShareoh Williams has added 385 yards and six scores on 25 attempts.
Senior linebacker Evan McCutchen has been a bright spot on defense.
Regardless of how the rest of the season plays out, Brown is focused on building a long-term, successful program.
“I want people who have good work ethic.  I’m looking for two things: somebody who is humble enough to allow themselves to be coached and somebody who is going to give me the best effort they have.  I’m ready for them to show me.  We’ve got plenty of people who can talk.  I want somebody who can walk the walk,” Brown said.

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