Up & Coming Weekly

August 15, 2017

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24 UCW AUGUST 16 - 22, 2017 WWW.UPANDCOMINGWEEKLY.COM EARL VAUGHAN JR., Sports Editor. COMMENTS? EarlUCWS- ports@gmail.com. (910) 364-6638. 2016 record: 3-8 | Coach: Deron Donald Top returners: Xeaiver Bullock, 6-0, 175, Sr., QB; Rahsaan Young, 5-8, 165, Sr., RB/WR; Kyle Fennel, 6-1, 245, Sr., OL/DL; Khari Carrington, 6-0, 250, Sr., OL/DL; Ethan Bolger, 6-1, 270, Sr., OL; Ethan Bolger, 6-1, 270, Sr., OL; Jerry Davis, 5-11, 190, Sr., LB; Clifford Adamson, 5-9, 170, Sr., DB; Reginald Loyd, 5-8, 175, Sr., DB; Byron McNeil, 5-11, 185, Sr., DL/OLB; Tre'Marquis Patterson, 5-10, 175, Sr., OLB. Top newcomers: Andrew Whitaker, 6-1, 175, Jr., OLB; Vashawn Williams, 6-0, 180, Jr., OLB; Eric Burke, 6-0, 170, Jr., DB. Team strengths: We have a lot of returners from last year's team, which should provide experience. There's only one thing that beats experience and that's maturing with experience. Team concerns: Lack of depth. Coach's comment: We finished the season 3-8, and many of the games were close, but we could not finish. Our emphasis as a program has been to get stronger and learn how to finish. E.E. Smith Preview by EARL VAUGHAN JR. 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: 9-3 | Coach: Duran McLaurin Top returners: Reggie Bryant, 6-0, 170, Sr., WR; Kyler Davis, 6-1, 190, Jr., QB; Thomas Washington, 6-2, 265, Jr., DL ; Jamarques Carr, 6-3, 190, Sr., DL ; Greg Walker, 6-2, 280, Sr., OL ; Aristolis Bennett, 6-2, 185, Sr., LB; Reuben Willis, 6-3, 260, Sr., OL ; Benjamin Willis, 6-2, 250, Jr., OL ; Bryson Hamilton, 6-2, 190, Sr., S; Jaylin Razor, 5-10, 250, Sr., FB. Top newcomers: Cameron Townsend, 5-7, 150, Jr, WR; Kyle House, 6-2, 180, Jr., WR; Russel Hewett, -10, 250, So., DL ; Devante Wedlock, 5-8, 220, Jr., LB; Nasir Merritt, 5-8, 165, Sr., DB. Team strengths: The team will be experienced on the offensive and defensive line, returning many of the more productive components from last season. The team will also be returning the top receiver from last year who has been with the starting quarterback for the past three seasons. Seventy-First Preview by EARL VAUGHAN JR. E.E. Smith Coach Deron Donald Seventy-First Coach Duran McLaurin Top returner Kyle Fennel Top newcomer Andrew Whitaker Top returner Reggie Bryant Top newcomer Nasir Merritt 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. The team will also be returning some experience at the linebacker position from players who played a lot of meaningful snaps last season. Team concerns: Inexperience in the secondary. Replacing two linebackers. Filling the quarterback spot as veteran Julian Hill recovers from a knee injury. Coach's comment : The key to our success will be relying on talent in our returning offensive players and the quick maturity of our secondary (players).

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