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Latta football looks to regain early form heading into playoffs

By Justin Driggers

Consulting Editor

Latta – The Latta High School football team began the season strong with a 4-1 start.

A three-game losing streak in region slowed that momentum down, however.

“We can’t make excuses, but we ran into some adversity dealing with some injuries and had some of our key guys go down,” head coach Brandon Iseman said. “We’ve played in a tough region, but I’ve been proud of the effort by our kids. They’ve gone out and given it everything they’ve got.”

The Vikings rebounded with a 27-22 victory over Kingstree to finish the regular season 5-4 overall and 3-3 in Region 7-AA. That was enough to earn the fifth seed and a spot in the playoffs. LHS travels to Gray Collegiate for an opening-round game.

“I think we want to get as healthy as we can be heading into the playoffs,” Iseman said. “But mostly we just want to continue to get better and to give good effort.”

Latta has had to shift some things around in the wake of injuries. Several members of the Vikings’ receiving corps have been hurt, Iseman said, along with Deonte Stanley – who lines up just about everywhere on offense and in the secondary as well.

“We already have a number of guys going both ways and it’s just forced us to kind of deplete even more of our depth,” Iseman said. “A lot of the guys don’t get to come off of the field, so it just creates a challenge.”

LHS’ offense has been solid this season as the Vikings have scored at least 21 points in all but two games. Quarterback Dylan Brewer has thrown for more than 1,200 yards and 15 touchdowns with five of them going to JR McClam. McClam leads the team in receiving yards and was followed by Stanley.

Brewer, Chandler Nolan and Tysean Johnson have all run the ball well as the trio has combined for more than 800 yards and at least six touchdowns.

 On defense, Jay Bailey is among the team leaders in tackles with more than 60 followed closely by Nolan and Chandler Matthews. Tommy Aiken is among the leaders in tackles for losses.

 

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