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Johnsonville under new direction with Cribb

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Johnsonville—A new era is underway for Johnsonville football, as former Hemingway and Georgetown head coach Ken Cribb was hired this spring.  Cribb led Hemingway to the Class A state championship game in 2011 and is glad to be getting back to his roots.

“I’m from the area, born and raised in the Hemingway-Johnsonville area.  I like the small school atmosphere.  The community really loves sports and they’re passionate about it.  I’m anxious to get back to a place with a small town feel where athletics are important.  The opportunity came up and I jumped at it.  Everything just fell into place,” Cribb said.

Cribb replaces Lewis Lineberger, who spent nearly a decade and a half in Johnsonville.  He helped the Flashes to a state runner-up finish to Christ Church in 2012.

“I can’t be coach Lineberger.  I have to be Ken Cribb.  We’re going to do things my way and what I believe in.  The kids have been real receptive.  The community has been great.  There’s a lot of support and a lot of excitement.  We’ve just got to put in a lot of hard work,” Cribb said.

Johnsonville had a little over 50 players participate in spring practice, and there was a lot to digest.  The Flashes are switching from the wishbone to the spread offense while the defense converts from a 4-3 to a 3-4 scheme.

“We had a real productive spring.  Our numbers were better and we changed the way they had been doing some things.  We’re putting in an entirely new defense and an entirely new offense.  We’ve got a long way to go and a short time to get there.  They’re trying hard and giving great effort, and at the end of the day, that’s all you can ask,” Cribb said.

Junior Zavion Graves takes over at quarterback, and while he lacks experience, the potential to lead the offense is there.

“You don’t really know until you go against other teams and see live bullets, but I think we’ve got a quarterback that’s going to be okay.  He’s young and green right now, but he’s got the tools to be a good one,” Cribb said.

Brothers Connor Hanna and Carson Hanna will see action at running back while Octavius Williams could be used in the backfield or on the perimeter.  Isaiah Brown is a player to watch at receiver, and Gaitland Powell and CJ Warren are set to anchor the offensive line.

The coaching staff will have one main focus over the next two months – to get this team stronger and ready to compete in its new region.  They must be prepared to battle for four full quarters each and every Friday night.

“Lift weights, lift weights and lift more weights.  We’ve got to get stronger, without a doubt.  We’ve made a big investment into the weight room and we’re pushing it hard.  We’ve had a good turnout so far,” Cribb said.

In other news, one Johnsonville athlete wrapped up her high school career in style at the Class AA state track meet.  Senior Mya Dollard, who signed with The Citadel earlier this spring, won her third straight gold medal in the high jump, clearing a height of five feet-two inches.

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