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Palmetto Christian High School
Mt. Pleasant

Palmetto Christian dropping down to 8-man football

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Mount Pleasant—It was a tough season for the Palmetto Christian Academy football team in 2017.  The Eagles were unable to find the win column, and entered this spring with a really young team. 

However, the road to victory should be a little easier this year as the team transitions from 11-man to 8-man football.  Palmetto Christian Academy had a week of spring practice and has already begun competing against bigger schools in passing leagues in the Lowcountry.

“We do have a lot of tradition in the past and I want them to understand the players and teams that came before them.  The younger guys have to carry the torch and play with that same mentality and drive,” head coach Chris Shimakonis said.  “It’s one of those years where we’re looking for building blocks.  This team has some great athletes and great leaders.  We just have to be able to cultivate that.”

There are a couple of seniors on this year’s squad that should make an impact, including wide receiver/strong safety Jimmy Fleury and tight end/linebacker Daniel Gunn.

“He’s got great hands and he’s another guy we can move around to different positions,” Shimakonis said of Fleury.

The trenches are where games are won and lost, and PCA has seen steady growth at the line of scrimmage.  Juniors Mack Poston and Daniel Wilson are the anchors of the offensive and defensive lines.

“They’re a year older and a year bigger.  Those guys have all worked the entire offseason, four and five days a week,” Shimakonis said.

The sophomore class has a ton of potential, featuring brothers Connor Rourk and Carson Rourk.  Connor is a quarterback and free safety while Carson will see time at running back and linebacker.

Wide receiver/safety Kendall Chakeris is another player to watch.

“He’s been in the weight room and he’s a good athlete.  We think he’s going to help us,” Shimakonis said.

Wyatt Shogren, a wide receiver/defensive back, will look to take another step forward after a solid freshman campaign.

“Last year was a target and made some big plays for us,” Shimakonis said.

Dalton Welch, Alex Frampton and Colson Gunn are other key players for the Eagles.

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