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Young Hilton Head Prep football team looks to improve in 2017

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Hilton Head – While there are a handful of seniors on hand to lend leadership, many of the players making up the roster of the 2017 Hilton Head Prep football team will be underclassmen this fall.

In fact, after the four seniors and nine juniors, Hilton Head Prep’s roster has 10 additional players comprised of sophomores of younger.

Dave Adams returns as head coach this fall, hoping to improve upon last year’s 3-5 record in a season that was cut short due to a hurricane. The Dolphins opened the 2017 season against Orangeburg Prep, losing, 46-7. However, the hope is the young team will develop confidence and put together some winning efforts over the next three months.

The running back position is one of experience as seniors Tate Wilkinson and Hunter Hopman will handle most of the running game duties. Senior experience also returns along the offensive front in tackle Davis Puckey and guard Trey Speer. Puckey missed all of last season with an ACL injury in his knee but has returned to full strength. Juniors Luke Garrett and Morris Johnson also work along the offensive and defensive lines.

Junior tight end Logan Blair will be a solid addition along the front. Senior Kwame Agyei-Minta is a veteran receiver, with sophomore Tyler Rice also working at receiver. Juniors Jacob Liberatore, Danny Ledee and Camden Kreide will also share time at receiver as well as in the defensive secondary.

Running the Dolphins’ offense will be sophomore Stone McDonald. McDonald saw considerable action last season as a freshman and will be a solid leader on the offense.

Wilkinson will also be a starter on defense at linebacker. Junior Gage Hurlbut will play linebacker and will alternate in at running back.

All of the offensive linemen will work in rotation along the defensive front, along with junior Ben Pellici. The receivers will share time in the defensive backfield, along with McDonald, Hopman and freshman Tommy Stauffer.

Volleyball opens season

The Hilton Head Prep volleyball team opened its 2017 season on August 22, hosting Patrick Henry Academy. The Dolphins played at Memorial Day School on August 24th.

The team is led this season by five seniors – Keira Wojcikiewicz, Alana McCallion, Sara Orie, Kelsey O’Connor and Olivia Mitchell.

Kaitlyn Adkins and Sarah Griz are juniors on this year’s team. Rounding out the roster this fall are sophomore Chloe Johnson, freshman Grace Lanier and eighth-grader Ashley Wilmot.

 

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