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Woodland High School
Dorchester

Woodland to be tested during first half of season

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Dorchester—Last year the Woodland football team finished 7-5 and advanced to the second round of the playoffs. However, they did win the Region 6-AA title and now look for better results in 2017.

“The preseason went well. Everybody worked hard this offseason, the coaches and players. The biggest thing is I like how our guys come together and pull for one another. They hold each other accountable and they do a lot of things together. It’s a team concept,” said head coach Jonta Sibert.

The Wolverines opened the regular season at Bamberg-Ehrhardt and put up a good fight, but ultimately lost in overtime, 7-0. While the defense held its own, the offense didn’t execute well. There were too many turnovers, penalties, dropped passes and missed blocks.

“Offensively, we’ve got to continue to get better and continue to grind. That also goes for the defense. I take Week Zero as a measuring stick for what we need to work on and then try to improve from Week Zero to Week One,” Sibert said.

The road doesn’t get any easier for Woodland, as they prepare to welcome Timberland to town on Aug. 25. They follow that up with games against Lake Marion, Williston-Elko and Bishop England.

“We play a tough non-conference schedule to get us ready for the region and the playoffs. If you want to be an elite 2A team, you have to play teams like Bamberg-Ehrhardt, Timberland and Bishop England. I think we can compete with these guys and go out there and do what we need to do,” Sibert said.

Offensively, Taurean Singletary is at quarterback, and Terrez Elmore and K’ron Ferrell are the running backs. Rasheed Frazier, Jonathan Addison, Lavel Davis and Mikel Shuler are options at receiver. Toby Summers, Jaysharn Boyd, Lynn Nettles, Kenyai Gilliard and Jordan Hall make up the offensive line.

Summers, Boyd and Nettles join Tim Brown on the defensive line, and Lanard James, Trevon Elmore and Jahreek Gaddist are the linebackers. Addison, Ferrell, Markeis Parsons and Troy Elmore currently form the secondary, but JJ Mazyck will be in that mix once he returns from injury.

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