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Aucs look to regain momentum after long break

By Justin Driggers
Consulting Editor

Mullins – Football has taken a backseat in Marion County in recent weeks after the flooding left over by Hurricane Florence.
That holds true especially for Mullins High School head coach John Williams.
“I didn’t even get back to my house until last Friday because the roads were flooded,” Williams said. 
It’s also been a few weeks since the Auctioneers were on the field for a meaning game as even their Sept. 28 matchup was cancelled – along with the rest of the games involving schools in the county.
“The main thing is just trying to keep the kids mentally ready and focused for next week,” Williams said. “We were playing pretty well and I hate to lose any of that momentum that we had.”
The Aucs were 3-0 before the long break and had scored at least 42 points in every game while allowing an average of just 14.
“Offensively, we were playing pretty well,” Williams said. “We had a lot of guys step up and our defense hasn’t been playing bad either. We had a lot of experience coming back on that side with about nine or 10 starters. So, they’ve been playing together a while.
“They know what they’re supposed to do and they’ve been playing physical.”
LB/NG Cameron Weeks leads the team with 25 total tackles and four sacks. Russell Dowley is next with 16 tackles and Cameron Bethea has shined as well, Williams said. 
On offense, quarterback Xavier Leggett leads the team with 20 carries for 427 yards and eight touchdowns. He’s also completed 11 of 22 passes for 190 yards and three more scores.
Sharrod Burroughs has rushed 29 times for 257 yards and three TDs while receiver Omarion Page has a TD reception and a kickoff return for a score. 
None of that is possible without the outstanding play of the offensive line, Williams said.
“Raquan McDonald, Xavier Genwright, Shamarious Harley, Darius Robinson and Josh Bell have really stepped up, because I think we’re averaging close to 500 yards a game,” he said. “And you can’t do that without a really good offensive line.”
The remaining region schedule is tough with Johnsonville on Oct. 5 followed by Hannah-Pamplico, Andrews, Latta and Carvers Bay. 
“We’ve got to be prepared and be ready for that stretch,” Williams said. “We’ve just got to go out and execute and see what happens.”

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