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Jaguars make plenty of progress on gridiron

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Ridgeland—There were plenty of positives and negatives for the Ridgeland-Hardeeville football team this season. On one hand, the Jaguars improved on their win total from a year ago, earning victories over Thomas Heyward Academy, Estill and Allendale-Fairfax it their first three games

Unfortunately, they were unable to keep that momentum going. The Jaguars dropped their final six games of the season, finished 0-4 in Region 8-AAA and came up short of a berth in the playoffs.

Head coach Jahmaal Nelson’s team was young this season so a year of experience should prove valuable in the future. Participation was up as Ridgeland-Hardeeville dressed nearly 40 players.

There was a nucleus of seniors that helped turn things around this Fall, and every one of them will be greatly missed. Quarterback Derald Nelson passed for over 1,000 yards and double digit touchdowns. Wide receiver Jabari Williams was one of his main targets while Tyrese Darien, Nasir Hanner and Jeremiah Orr protected him on the offensive line.

However, there is plenty of talent returning in 2018. Wide receiver/defensive back Ronald Zimmerman was the top pass catcher with over 500 yards. Jertaveon Smalls was another junior receiver. Freddie Aiken and MarQuez Grant return in the backfield, and Myles Pinckney and Renae Wright were solid in the trenches.

Defensively, the Jaguars struggled. Zimmerman led the team in tackles, and Tyrone Frazier and Adam Cooper are two linebackers that should be impact guys in the future.  

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