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Wolves defense feasting on opponents

By Rob Gantt

Special Contributor

St. StephenTimberland High School’s football team won its 13th region championship in 14 seasons and now turns it focus to the postseason.

The Wolves are slated to begin the Class AA playoffs at home against Kingstree on Nov. 9. The Wolves (7-2) have homefield advantage all the way throughout the playoffs if they keep winning.

Timberland has 18 seniors in their final moments on the gridiron.

The second-round matchup would be against either Mullins or Woodland.

Coach Art Craig’s team has won seven straight since starting off 0-2, including five via shutout. Their last time out, they blanked North Charleston 47-0 on Oct. 26.

The Wolves recovered four fumbles against North Charleston and got to the Cougars’ quarterback six times to stay hot on the defensive side of the ball. They outscored five region foes 221-21.

Craig said the defensive staff gets the Wolves in the right positions through game planning. Justin Scott is the defensive coordinator and linebackers coach while Ben Lailson, Chris Pond, Terry Keller and Paul Jefferson are veteran assistants.

“Those guys do a really good job breaking down tendencies and knowing what people are going to do,” Craig said.

Terrence Smalls leads the team with 72 total stops from his linebacker spot followed by defensive lineman Sam Moultrie with 65 tackles from his noseguard position. On the back end, North-South All-Star selection Tyler Sumpter has four interceptions from his corner spot.

“We were looking at stats on defense and we’ve only given up something ridiculous like under 400 yards rushing all year long, and half of that came against Stratford,” Craig said. “Half the passing yards came from Oceanside. They’ve been pretty dialed in on defense.”

More defensive leaders are DL Daquan Gleason (46.5 tackles), LB Matt Williamson (53 tackles), LB William Chandler (51 tackles) and LB Dakari Wynn (36.5 tackles) and Daytwan Jenkins (4 INTs).

On the other side of the ball, QB DJ Gadsden has passed for 565 yards and eight touchdowns while rushing for 152 yards and five touchdowns. Williamson has a team-high 529 yards rushing and nine touchdowns. Jamari Nelson and Shemar Greene have contributed 377 and 354 yards respectively. Greene has 10 rushing touchdowns and Nelson four.

Sumpter leads the receivers with 225 yards and four touchdowns.

 

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