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C. E. Murray High School
Greeleyville

War Eagles complete three-peat for region title

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

GreeleyvilleC.E. Murray has made a seamless transition under first-year head coach Chad Wilkes. The War Eagles finished the regular season with a 9-1 record and won their third consecutive conference championship after posting a 4-0 mark in Region 5-A.

“That shows how good the players are, how hard they work and how hard they play. They’ve done a great picking up the offense, learning everything we’re teaching, and going out and executing at a high level. It’s exciting to watch,” Wilkes said.

The War Eagles, who are currently ranked No. 4 in the latest HSSR Class A poll, will have a bye in the first round of the playoffs. They will host the winner of Military Magnet/Hannah-Pamplico on Nov. 10.

With the team performing well, a couple of individual players were recently selected for all-star games after the season. Wide receiver and South Carolina commit Darius Rush was picked for the Shrine Bowl after catching 38 passes for 661 yards and 14 touchdowns.

“He is better than what I thought he would be. Before, he was just a playmaker. He could throw one, run one, return one and catch one, but he wasn’t necessarily the most polished receiver. This year he has really dedicated himself to being a good route runner and catching the ball in traffic. People are double and triple covering him now,” Wilkes said.

Safety Tylik Canty, who transferred in from Lake Marion before the season, was named to the North-South all-star game. Canty has recorded 29 tackles and two interceptions.

“He is such a good kid and has been through so much. He’s come a long way as a person. He’s been an unbelievable addition to us on defense. He’s a guy that can play man-to-man on the other team’s best receiver in the pass game, and we can stick him in the box as a B-gap linebacker against the run. He’s super coachable and I’m really excited for him,” Wilkes said.

Other players have contributed for the War Eagles as well, including quarterback Elijah Bey, who has completed 116-of-179 passes for 1,817 yards with 25 touchdowns and only three interceptions. He has also rushed for 338 yards and three more scores.

Sean Swaringer (30 receptions, 526 yards, 4 TD) and Antonio McKnight (19 receptions, 261 yards, 3 TD) have been other options in the passing game while Jamall Gibson (395 rush yards, 2 TD) and Khalil Williams (334 rush yards, 7 TD) share carries in the backfield.

Defensively, Travis Brown leads the team with 56 tackles, and C.J. Robinson and Kobe Montgomery have caused havoc in opposing backfields. Robinson has 46 stops, nine tackles for loss and 2.5 sacks, and Montgomery has made 30 tackles, 13 hits behind the line of scrimmage, and three sacks. Gibson has two interceptions to go with five pass breakups.

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