Up & Coming Weekly

August 01, 2017

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24 UCW AUGUST 2 - 8, 2017 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM EARL VAUGHAN JR., Sports Editor. COMMENTS? EarlUCWS- ports@gmail.com. (910) 987-5311. 2016 record: 0-11 | Coach: Mike Paroli Top returners: Deontae Washington, 5-10, 175, Sr., CB; Bryheem Swanson, 6-0, 160, Sr., S; Eric Kitt, 5-10, 220, Sr., LB; Ronald Carroll, 5-9, 205, Jr., LB; Iumble Brown, 6-1, 185, So., LB; Tyler Clifford, 6-3, 295, Sr., OG; Jon Hicks, 6-0, 240, Sr., C; John Carroll, 6-0, 150, So., QB; Hameen Melvin, 5-9, 170, Jr., RB; Isaiah Jaques, 5-8, 155, Jr., CB. Top newcomers: Arden Billington, 5-10, 235, So., OT; Zion Cameron, 6-0, 220, So., OG; Ray Dixon, 6-1, 223, So., DT; Saveon Campbell, 5-6, 150, So., RB; Wesley Charlton, 5-11, 160, Sr., WR; Mickey Bell, 5-11, 185, Jr., LB; Nikai Butler, 6-2, 230, Jr., TE. Team strengths: "Several returners have two or three years of experience. We had a good off-season in the weight room.'' Team concerns: "We have a lack of numbers and are inexperienced in some important areas.'' Coach's comment: "Our numbers are not good, but we are doing every- thing possible to play everyone on just one side of the ball. We are counting on some freshmen and sophomores to play early and in some key areas. Several weeks last year, we were close at halftime and had some chances to win in the fourth quarter. Hopefully we will be better at finishing this year.'' Douglas Byrd Preview by EARL VAUGHAN JR. Top returner Iumble Brown HIGH SCHOOL HIGHLIGHTS Attention Students: Do you have a story or idea to share with High School Highlights? Email us at highschoolhighlights@upandcomingweekly.com 2016 record: 2-9 | Coach: David Lovette Top returners: Trey Beckett, 5-9, 175, Jr., RB; Sean Best, 6-2, 250, Jr. OL ; John Burton, 5-10, 200, Sr., OL/LB; Mike Gambrell, 6-3, 240, Sr., DL ; Aaron Harrison, 5-10, 250, Sr., DL ; Devin Cowan, 6-1, 230, Sr., DL ; Trevor Thomas, 5-11, 170, Jr., SE; Nathan Scott, 6-1, 200, Sr., QB; Stephin Straughter, 5-9, 155, Sr., DB; Demarche Hilliard, 6-0, 165, Sr., DB. Top newcomers: Cedrick McDowell, 5-10, 180, Jr., RB/LB; Armiah Banks, 5-11, 190, Jr., RB/LB; Andre Allen, 5-10, 185, Jr., RB/DB; Tony Tyndall, 6-1, 230, Jr., OL ; Dalton Patrick, 6-0, 175, So., TE/LB; D.J. Cruthcher, 6-1, 170, RB/DB, So.; Jonathan McNeill, 5-10, 190, Jr., OL. Team strengths: "We have a bunch of skill athletes from a junior varsity team that won eight games last year. Offensively, Beckett and Allen are a pretty good one-two punch in our backfield. Defensively, our line is definitely our strength. Harrison is a four-year starter and Gambrell is a three-year starter.'' Team concerns: "We must shake off last season. Our depth is still not great so we must avoid the injury bug again.'' Coach's comment : "We have a chance to be a very competitive team this fall.'' Gray's Creek Preview by EARL VAUGHAN JR. Top newcomer Saveon Campbell Douglas Byrd Coach Mike Paroli Top returner Trey Beckett Top newcomer Andre Allen Gray's Creek Coach David Lovette Attention Students; Let Your Voice Be Heard Get published in our award winning community newspaper Up & Coming Weekly Send in your feature articles, editorials, short stories, movie and music reviews or original poetry and artwork to: highschoolhighlights@upandcomingweekly.com Subject line: High School Highlights Please include your photo and school information.

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