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Kingstree High School

Jaguars already seeing success in preseason

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

KingstreeEarl Brown II had his work cut out for him when he took over the Kingstree football program a year ago. However, he is changing the culture inside the locker room. The Jaguars take some momentum into the season opener against C.E. Murray after defeating Hannah-Pamplico, 20-14, in their final scrimmage.

“For so long, kids here at Kingstree have not been held accountable. We only dress maybe 28, 29 kids but those are the kids that show up every day and bought into what we’re doing. As long as I’m here, if you don’t come to practice or do what you’re supposed to do, you’re either going to sit out or not be part of the team. Being late or missing practices is not going to be tolerated,” Brown said.

The Jaguars have nine returning starters, including Quinton Alston, who can affect the game in many ways. The senior will start on both sides of the ball for Kingstree.

“Quinton is like a Swiss army knife. He does just about everything for us. He’s just an athlete. He lined up at outside linebacker, defensive end and receiver for us, and to be honest with you, he’s our best quarterback. With him being on the outside, that’s a deep threat that you have to respect. He’s matured a lot and is learning how to be great,” Brown said.

Jaisean Green returns at quarterback while John James and Kaivon McBride get carries at running back. Derrick McFadden and Clarence Pressley are the other receivers. Austin Major and Tyrese Scott are back on the offensive line, flanked by Keith McClary, Jaylen McGill and Takiah Paulk.

Defensively, the front four is anchored by returners John Madison and D’Angelo Cooper. Jacqwez Scott and K’More Elmore are the ends. Cam’ron Washington, Genario Jones and Scott join Alston at linebacker, and Green, Direlle McGee and Jamel Brayboy are in the secondary.

 “We’re just hanging our hat on brotherhood and playing for each other. We put as much emphasis on all three phases. We don’t emphasize defense more than offense more than special teams. It’s all about fighting for one another. We’re still in the process. We’ve watched film, studied and put a game plan together. The kids now know how to prepare for a game,” Brown said.


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