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Ridgeland-Hardeeville gets its man in Lampkin

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Ridgeland—The Ridgeland-Hardeeville football team will have a somewhat familiar face back in charge in 2018.  Former Kingstree and Darlington head coach Will Lampkin, who spent one season as defensive coordinator at Ridgeland, was tabbed to take over the Jaguars program.

“Just something felt good about it.  I didn’t apply for any other jobs,” said Lampkin.

Already, the participations levels are up across the board.  While the team was unable to hold a spring practice session, they have been working hard this summer in the weight room.

“From what I’m told, their normal summer workouts, they had 10 to 15 (players).  We’ve been consistently having between 30 and 40.  That is very encouraging.  It’s not as much as I want, but we’re certainly moving in the right direction,” Lampkin said.

Lampkin currently has five assistants on his staff but is hoping to add one or two more coaches if possible.  He knows it may be difficult as contracts may have already been signed.

“Right now, we’re still working on that.  Ideally, I need two more (assistants), but we’ll work with what we have until that time comes.  Getting hired so late, we weren’t able to have spring practice.  We’re a little short, but we’ll go with what we have,” Lampkin said.

While Lampkin calls the plays on offense and works with the quarterbacks, Cedric Bush will handle the running backs.  James McNeal deals with the wide receivers, and Antwone Stevenson is involved with the offensive line.

On the other side of the ball, former Clemson nose guard Jovan Bush will come aboard to mentor the defensive linemen while Alton Jenkins will be the linebackers coach.  All of the coaches have shared responsibilities with the defensive backs.

“We’re trying to change the culture and build a foundation based on hard work and love for one another.  Some of the kids have told me how they would fall behind early and they would duck their heads and the game would be over right then.  We’re trying to change that,” Lampkin said.

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