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Finding depth the main focus for West Ashley’s Marion

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

West Ashley – Coming out of 2018 spring practices, West Ashley head football coach Bobby Marion says the big focus during the summer months is developing some depth in all areas.

Marion ran his team through 10 days of drills and says there was good progress made overall. He feels fairly comfortable with most of his starting unit but developing the backups will be crucial heading into August.

“We have no depth along the offensive line and at linebacker right now,” Marion said. “Offensive line more than linebacker. We have a first five that ain’t bad, that can compete, but we really have to get some backups ready to play. We have the most returning at skill positions. We’re good there. But you have to block people and you can’t expect to go through a season with just five.”

The top returner offensively will be at quarterback where Kenyatta Jenkins returns as the starter. Jenkins is a developing passer but is extremely dangerous as a runner.

“He will be our guy, our leader, and we expect big things from him,” Marion said.

Yaphet Bienvenu is the top returner at running back and Dominique Kershaw is the top returning pass-catcher. Dwalynn Deleston also returns as a running back/receiver.

The top returning player along the offensive line is Terrence Frazier, a 6-6, 325-pound tackle.

Marion expects to have “five or six” players seeing time on both sides of the ball. He sees J’Xavier Legare and Cane Bay transfer Darvon Darby as solid performers at linebacker. Newcomer Elijah Johnson, a junior, looks to be a “disruptive player” along the defensive front. Jenkins will likely be a leader in the secondary.

“We look forward to the summer, getting in the passing leagues and developing some guys,” Marion said.

West Ashley opens the 2018 season on August 17th at Cane Bay.

Tracksters compete in state meet

Two members of the West Ashley track and field program advanced through qualifying to reach the Class AAAAA state championships in their respective events.

Myles White, a senior, competed in the state finals in the 100 and 400, finishing second in the 400 and fifth in the 100.

Freshman Tanzania Watson finished seventh in the shot put. The 400 meter relay team took third-place and the 1600 meter relay unit finished fifth.

 

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