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Kingstree to face familiar foe in postseason

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Kingstree—The old adage is to play every play like it’s your last, and the Kingstree football team recently saw how quickly life can change as head coach Earl Brown II was involved in a car accident and was unable to be with the coaching staff and players.

Thankfully, it wasn’t worse and he was slated to come back at the end of the regular season.

“Every kid I coach, I consider my son.  They contacted me asking how I was doing and when I was coming back.  The team expressed their thoughts and sentiments and love for me.  When I get back, I’m expecting them to regroup and refocus and get back to business,” Brown said.

The Jaguars wrapped up the campaign with a 3-6 record, but a pair of wins over East Clarendon and Johnsonville, respectively, allowed the team to qualify for the playoffs.  Their first-round opponent is a familiar one in Timberland, as the squads used to compete in the same conference.

“It’s like I tell my kids, ‘Respect all, fear none.’  We’re not afraid to go to Timberland.  With us, it’s about being consistent for four quarters.  If we’re consistent with our technique and fundamentals, I think we can be competitive with anyone.  We have the toughness and physicality, and we have enough athletes to sprinkle around,” said Brown.

Kingstree had a handful of seniors stand out this fall and will have some big holes to fill once they graduate.  Tyrese Scott was the leader of a defense that will also lose fellow linebacker Cam’ron Washington.  Offensively, quarterback Genario Jones and running back Direlle McGee will depart.

The Jaguars will still have a solid nucleus to build around in 2019, starting with running back Kavon McBride.  The defense should be especially strong with linebacker Markel Dukes and linemen Jacqwez Scott, Johnathan Harris and Keith McClary returning.

“They trust the process and understand what it takes to qualify for the playoffs and to have a chance, game in and game out, week after week.  They know they have to put in the work in the offseason and come to practice every day.  They have a different perspective now because they’ve seen the results,” Brown said.

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