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Mullins High School

Mullins looking to build on solid 2017 season

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Mullins—The Mullins football team had a breakthrough season in 2017, finishing fourth in the region and ending the campaign with a winning record.

Head coach John Williams welcomed back a majority of that group during spring drills, and the Auctioneers have high hopes for the coming fall.  The only concern at this point is the health of the group.

“We have some injuries right now, and we’re trying to get these younger guys ready so they can help us,” Williams said.  “We had 35 to 40 kids during the spring, which was one of our better spring practices.  We pretty much got everything in we wanted to.  I don’t think it rained a single day we practiced, so we got in a lot of work.  We went back and retaught everything in case they forgot some of it since the end of the season.”

More than two-thirds of the starting lineup is back for Mullins, but one major void will be at quarterback.  The Auctioneers have a pair of candidates in Jaron Reid and Sammy Pressley, and Williams could choose to leave Pressley at his wide receiver spot.

Sharod Burroughs returns at running back, with Bradford Crawford another guy that could be used in the backfield or the perimeter.  Xavier Legette is another threat on the outside and has drawn major interest from Coastal Carolina.

Four starters remain on the offensive line for Mullins, including Raquan McDonald, Xavier Genwright, Shamarious Harley and Josh Bell.

On the defensive line, Pressley is one of the ends along with Burroughs, who is being heavily pursued by North Carolina A&T.  George Smith and Kesean Jones are on the inside.

Ron Gause, Cameron Weeks and Cameron Bethea are all experienced linebackers.  In the secondary, Legette will once again man one cornerback spot while Crawford returns at safety.

The Auctioneers will look to keep improving over the summer as well, as the team heads to Dillon to compete in the Wildcats’ passing league.

“Coach (Jackie) Hayes invites us every year to their 7-on-7 league, and it’s one of the best around.  You can’t do much better than that, so we will learn a lot from that.  We’ll also continue to lift weights,” Williams said.

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