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Well-balanced Mullins football eyes long postseason run

By Justin Driggers

Consulting Editor

Mullins – Even with a 30-20 loss to Carvers Bay in what amounted to a Region 7-AA title game, Mullins head coach John Williams has no complaints about how his team is performing.

Being among the best in the state likely helps.

The Auctioneers enter the AA playoffs as one of the contenders for a title after going 7-1 overall and 4-1 in region play. Mullins is ranked fifth in the latest HSSR poll and will host Woodland in the first round of the playoffs beginning on Nov. 9.

“We’ve played really well this season so far,” Williams said. “I think the biggest key has been both our offensive and defensive lines. They’ve been really progressing from week to week.”

The biggest turning point might have actually come in a 22-18 victory over Johnsonville. It was the Aucs first game back after Hurricane Florence postponed games for a few weeks and despite not playing their best, they found a way to win, Williams said. MHS also edged Hannah-Pamplico 32-30 the next week.

“To play as bad as we did and still find a way to win, that’s a testament to these kids and how good this team can be,” he said.

The Aucs have outscored opponents 322-163 this season behind a dynamic offense led by quarterback Xavier Legette. He’s rushed for more than 1,100 yards and 14 scores and has also thrown for more than 650 yards and another eight scores. Sammy Pressley, Bradford Crawford and Shaq Gordon have been among his biggest weapons downfield.

Joining him in the backfield has been Sharrod Burroughs who has more than 950 yards rushing and at least 10 scores as well.

Defensively, Cameron Weeks has been a dominant force with more than 60 tackles and double-digit sacks for Mullins. Russel Dowley and Cameron Bethea are also among the team leaders in tackles.

“I think for us moving forward we just have to tackle well,” Williams said. “We haven’t tackled well in certain areas this year and if we can fix that, we’ll be a tough out (in the playoffs).”

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