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Cane Bay High School
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Cane Bay braces for move to Class AAAAA

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Summerville – Just as they were establishing themselves as a legitimate football program on the Class AAAA level, the South Carolina High School reclassified Cane Bay to Class AAAAA for the 2018 season.

Cane Bay went 9-4 last season in AAAA and lost some key personnel from that team. This year’s team will need to develop depth, in addition to finding players to step in starting roles this season.

“That’s going to be a beast,” head coach Russell Zehr said of his team’s move up. “The biggest problem for us is depth. When you are playing a AAAAA schedule, playing hammers week in and week out, you are going to have kids get injured. You have to have guys available to go in there. Our focus has been on trying to find those guys. We have to find 11 solid kids on both sides of the ball but we also have to find and develop depth.”

The Cobras enter the season with two viable options at quarterback. Senior Elijah Bey transferred in from C.E. Murray High School, where he threw for more than 2,200 yards and 30 touchdowns last season. Bey is working in a totally new offense, the double-wing option attack, but is picking up the system well.

Junior Alex Mart is up from the junior varsity team and has pushed hard for playing time. Mart also is working at the A-back position and is effective as a ball-carrier with his speed.

Experience at fullback is a plus with the return of Micah Staggers and Mack Dudley. Also working at the A-back slots are Wendell Goodwin, Isiah Burse and promising freshman Xavier Mitchell-Brown.

Lining up at receiver this fall are Andre Green, Marquille Burgess and Requan Neals.

The offensive line is a work in progress and should develop with playing time. Kiernan Fisher and Sava Loria are working at left tackle while Jayden Allen and Jacob Drew are working at right tackle.

Working at guard are Tyler Hill, Zion Eady, Malachi Jones and Jaron Madison. Cameron Curry is the starting center with Jesus Espinal working as his backup.

Along the defensive front, the starters are Xavier Robinson and Lateef Sharpe inside, with Danny Davis working at end, along with Denis Peterson. Rogelio Avelar and Jonathan Uvalle also get work inside.

De Francis is the most experienced returner at linebacker. Chase Smith and AJ Bonaparte are the other starting linebackers. Pushing for time are Javori Washington, Cedric Nettles and Chris Smoak.

Trevor Dangerfield, Jurrian Mitchell and Jackson Zehr are the starters in the secondary. Working for time are Devon London, Tyler Gilliam and Preston Velez.

 

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