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C. E. Murray High School
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War Eagles aim to continue region dominance

By Justin Driggers
Consulting Editor

Greeleyville – C.E. Murray opened its season with a pair of big wins against Kingstree and Lee Central.
The next three games were a different story, however.
Three straight losses to Oceanside Collegiate, Mullins and Hemingway left the War Eagles under .500.
“We just didn’t play well at all those three games,” head coach Chad Wilkes said. “We played some very good teams, but we didn’t play as well as we thought we could have.
“We got back on track a little bit last week.”
And just in time as CEM opened region play with a convincing 54-2 victory over Cross to improve to 3-3 overall. The War Eagles have won three straight region titles and haven’t lost a region game in nearly two seasons.
Wilkes said C.E. Murray used the non-region schedule to try out a lot of different lineup combinations and also used it to keep a lot of players fresh – playing them just one way.
“We did some experimenting and resting guys,” Wilkes said. “But not that we’re in region play we’re tightening up the rotation and going to have guys going both ways.”
Two spots along the offensive line have been solidified moving forward as twin brothers Nyzier Alston and Nyziah Alston will be at center and right guard, Wilkes said. Pharrell Gamble is at left guard.
“Those were the guys we’ve rolled with these last two weeks and they’ve done a good job,” Wilkes added.
The defensive front has been solid as well. Other than against Mullins, the War Eagles have been able to shut down the running game for the majority of the year. 
Tyqese Bynam has been a big part of that and has led the team on defense, Wilkes said. 
Antonio McKnight and Jamal Gibson have been the catalysts offensively. McKnight has played well at quarterback and Gibson has run the ball effectively, Wilkes said. He had 120 yards on five carries with a pair of scores against Cross. 

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