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Bamberg-Ehrhardt High School

Bamberg-Ehrhardt under new guidance this spring

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Bamberg—After advancing to the Class AA state title game last fall, the Bamberg-Ehrhardt football team saw plenty of changes this spring.  Head coach Butch Crosby left to take the same position at Orangeburg-Wilkinson while defensive coordinator Corey Crosby was hired as the new head coach at Blackville-Hilda.

The Red Raiders promoted longtime assistant Robert Williams to take over the program, and he was pleased with the performance of the team this spring.  Bamberg-Ehrhardt had roughly 40 rising sophomores through seniors participate in the drills.

“We knew what a lot of these kids could do.  We wanted to see if some of the younger kids could step up and learn what we wanted them to.  We were pretty impressed with some of them,” Williams said.

“We have to get a little bit stronger, and we’re going to have more kids going both ways than we’ve had in the past, so we’ve got to make sure we’re in shape.”

With most of the 2017 team gone to graduation, the Red Raiders have gotten positive leadership from its three, two-way starters in quarterback/free safety AJ Williams, running back/linebacker KeSean Brown, and running back/strong safety Dahlil Wilkins.

“They’ve been pretty positive with the younger guys, understanding that there’s going to be a learning curve with a lot of the guys gone from last year,” Williams said.

Offensive linemen Bryan Murdaugh and Quintell Brabham are the only other returning starters on that side of the ball, but Williams expects contributions from wide receivers Dashawn Gray and Bryce Chander and linemen Hayes Ulmer and Davonte Reed.

Defensively, Trevon Jamison, Moses Myers and Jayland Smith are newcomers up front while Javalas Folk, TJ Inabinet and Kamoni Inabinet join Brown at linebacker.  Gray and Shaquille McCaskell take over at the cornerback positions.

“Offensively, they knew what we were doing, so we didn’t have to spend a whole lot of individual time there.  Most of our time was spent on the defensive side of the ball,” Williams said.  “We’re going to change a few things, here and there, but for the most part it will be the same as we have been.”

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