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Kingstree football rested, getting healthy

By C.R. Cumbee
Staff Writer

Kingstree—After a layoff because of Hurricane Florence, the Kingstree football team got back to work last week. .
“That time off has helped us get healthy,” said head coach Earl Brown II.  “We’ve been afforded the opportunity to get a few guys back from injury that haven’t played since preseason scrimmages.  That was a positive.  The negative is that we were starting to play good football before Florence came through.”
If the Jaguars intend to qualify for the postseason, they will need to focus on one major area.
“We’ve been preaching consistency.  We’ll watch film on Saturdays and see a kid execute a heckuva block for two plays in a row, then you wonder what he’s doing on the next five or six plays.  We’re looking for consistency and discipline,” Brown said.
There have been bright spots dotted across the roster, including quarterback Genario Jones. 
“This is his first year starting at quarterback, but he’s been steady.  He’s becoming a little bit more poised back there,” said Brown.
Kavon McBride leads Kingstree in rushing with 381 yards and four touchdowns on 32 carries.  Derrick McFadden (306 yards, 2 TD) and Direlle McGee (253 yards, 2 TD) are other options in the backfield.
Senior linebacker Tyree Scott picked up where he left off a year ago, leading the Jaguars with 34 total tackles.  Keith McClary and Markel Dukes are close behind with 23 stops each while Cam’ron Washington (21 tackles) and Johnathan Harris (20 tackles) are in striking distance as well.  Cornerback Jamel Brayboy is one of the cornerstones in the secondary.
Kingstree will have a big test at Andrews this week, but an upset would nearly lock in the Jaguars to a playoff spot.
“They’re going to do what they do.  They run the veer option so we have to play disciplined football for four quarters in order to contain those guys.  Both teams are ball-control offenses, so possessions are going to be limited.  You have to take advantage of every opportunity you have,” said Brown.

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