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Brown era underway at Wade Hampton

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Varnville—The Wade Hampton football team has officially begun the Jerry Brown era. Trying to build upon a 7-4 record a year ago, Brown has implemented new systems and knows it will take some time for the Red Devils to adjust and find their rhythm.

The team scrimmaged Whale Branch, Swansea, Cross and Beaufort and begins the regular season Aug. 18 against Manning.

“We know it’s a process and we’re just trying to build a good football program at Wade Hampton. It’s like stepping stones. We’re just trying to improve right now,” Brown said. “We’ll get better by region and into the playoffs. We’ll get some video Friday night (against Manning) and try to get better after we look at it.”

The offense has already faced adversity this preseason, as starting quarterback Josh Walker went down with a fractured scapula. Sophomore Adam Creswell has stepped in and is trying to find his comfort level as the first game draws near.

“The main thing is trying to retrain the quarterback. We’ve been giving him a lot of reps trying to get him ready. We’re still learning a brand new offense, which is difficult in itself. They’re progressing and getting better every week,” Brown said.

The Red Devils have a good stable of offensive backs, including fullbacks Maxwell Pernell and Chris Orr and slot backs Myles Murdaugh and De’Shareoh Williams. Ulysee Green and Phillip Johnson are the receivers.

The offensive line consists of Austin Harter, Tre Phoenix, Collin Padgett, Shedrick Gibbs and Nathan Davis.

 Wade Hampton will employ a 3-4 defense, with James Williams, Doug Jones and Phoenix on the line. Evan McCutchen and Joshua Brown are the outside linebackers with Maxwell and Prince Brown on the inside.

Orr is the veteran of the secondary at free safety and is flanked by strong safety Nate Tuten and cornerbacks Shemar Bryant and Jylin Loadholt.

“The defense is ahead of the offense right now. The first two scrimmages we didn’t allow a score, but we didn’t look very good against Beaufort. We learned a lot and played a lot of people. Overall, I feel like we’ve done some good things defensively,” Brown said.

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