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Kingstree High School

Kingstree bringing back veteran group in 2018

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Kingstree—Last season the Kingstree football team dealt with limited numbers, but that didn’t stop them from picking up a pair of conference victories and qualifying for the Class AA playoffs.

The Jaguars may face that kind of adversity again, as around 30 players recently participated in spring drills.

“I’m into quality and not quantity.  The guys we had out were quality kids.  They’re athletic and have high football IQ,” said head coach Earl Brown II.  “You can really see the growth.  The numbers aren’t where we need them to be, but as far as quality, I’m pleased with the guys we have.”

Kingstree has a solid group of players returning in 2018, with 14 total starters back.  Offensively, the line is the strength of the unit, with center Malek Johnson, right guard Tyrese Scott, right tackle Austin Major, and left tackle Jaylan McCrea.

Kavon McBride and Direlle McGee return at running back while Cam’ron Washington is the tight end.

There is a four-man battle for the quarterback position, but senior Jenario Jones is currently ahead of Sayvion McClary, JyReek Wheeler and Jaden SwintonTre’vionne Elmore, Johnathan Harris and Jarvis McFadden are candidates to start at receiver.

Defensively, Scott and Washington are the returning linebackers, and end Jacqwez Scott and tackle Alecksi Mitchum are back up front.  McBride remains at cornerback, McGee stays at free safety, and John James is back as a strong safety/outside linebacker hybrid.

Other potential starters on defense include Jamel Brayboy at cornerback, and linemen Marquel Dukes and Keith McClary.  Harris could see time at defensive end as well.

“The kids seem to buy in and trust what we’re saying.  They’ve seen the production on film on both sides of the ball.  We didn’t have to start from scratch.  We just picked up where we left off,” Brown said.

Kingstree will buckle down in the weight room over the next two months, hoping its hard work will pay off in the regular season.

“That’s our main focus.  We’ve been preaching to our guys that games are won in June and July, not in September, October and November.  You have to put in the work now and have that drive that nobody will outwork you on those Friday nights,” Brown said.

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