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Florence Area High School

South Florence counting on more experience to lead to more wins

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Florence – While there were a handful of seniors on the field last fall, much of the valuable playing time for the South Florence football team was by underclassmen.

Whether starters or backups, coach David Prince had a lot of inexperience on the field in 2017 and the result was a 1-9 record, with five losses coming by 10 points or less.

The coach, now in his seventh season, is hoping experience can be an advantage in 2018.

“Our team had a lot of sophomores on the field last year,” says Prince, who has a 44-29 record at South Florence. “Hopefully we can gain from that experience and have a more competitive season.”

Offensively, the Bruins have a chance to be more productive with experience returning in the backfield. Shalique Parks returns under center with seven games of experience under his belt. Parks threw for nearly 700 yards last season but will have to cut down on his interceptions (8).

The leading rusher from last season, Tony McFadden, returns after averaging 5.6 yards per carry and finishing with 641 yards. Cam Harper, a 6-1, 205-pound power back, also works in the backfield.

Junior receiver Tyler Quillens is the top returning pass catcher, grabbing 15 passes for 184 yards a year ago. Look for Harley Cusack (6-3, 190) and Malik Eaddy (6-0, 200) to figure into the passing game as well, along with Tyae McWhite, Parker Moore and Hahsaun Wilson.

Junior left tackle Lake Martin (6-4, 270) figures to be a key leader along the offensive front with Dylan Truslow (6-2, 260) working at right tackle. Projected guards are Jamir Winborne (6-2, 280) and Andrew Miller (6-2, 265), with Felipe Jimenez (5-11, 250) working at center.

Another key weapon returning is senior placekicker/punter Hunter Benton, regarded as one of the top senior kickers in the state this fall.

Defensively, senior end Michael Mason has already earned some Division I offers. The 6-3, 220-pounder racked up 122 tackles with 24 for loss and 11 sacks in 2017.

Linebacker Tyree Mitchell (6-0, 200) also returns defensively after totaling 57 tackles last season. The top returner in the secondary is Zyquarris Washington.

Working up front will be Eric Robinson (5-11, 240) and Terrell DeVaughan (6-3. 250). Newcomer Kardan Bell (6-0, 195) will be an impact player at linebacker, with Jahlin Parrott (5-10, 220) and Braxton Samuel (5-11, 225) also figuring in as starters.

Also working in the secondary through the spring were Tim McFadden, Kevonte Harrison and Kris Alexander.

 

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