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Florence Morning News (Newspaper) - August 31, 1973, Florence, South CarolinaAugust 31, Florence morning news 3-Way race in 6aaaa by Steve Robertson assistant sports editor the powerful 6aaaa conference should in a three Way race Between Carlsville Conway and Sumter. Conway with 3.1 letter men Back from last year s Strong squad features a line that could go Well Over 200 pounds in addition to plenty of depth and experience. Sumter will he depending on a Star studded defense to pull things off hut coach Bill and Bizun has expressed some concern Over his Back Field where the team was Hurt by graduation. However the team to beat this year could be Carlsville. Lewis lir own. One of the finest quarterbacks in the con Ference is Back for his senior year along with a Well seasoned line and speedy backs. Hartsville iia Husville it All begins at Quarter said Hartsville head football coach Carroll Wrightjr. And it really helps if you have a Good one like we if that s the Case the red foxes May have one of the Strong set teams in the 6aaaa conference this year. Lewis Brown a three year Letterman is Back at the Helm in his senior year and the All Region player could be the key to a conference championship in 1973. Hartsville lost 12 seniors last year and Only have 14 Lel Crmen returning to de i t i o n of coach Wright s team. But All 14 players arc talented and have the necessary size and Speed. We Are real said Wright. We were kind of Green when we started and had some questionable spots open. But we got some Young boys who have come done real Well. The red foxes have several things going for them this year. Accor Ding to Wright the team h a d Good Speed excellent Quarter backing and experience. Also the schedule May be working for the boxes. Conway and Sumter. Teams whom 3he coach feels could provide the stiffest con Ferince will be playing in Hart Seville and it could be a plus Factor for the red foxes. The a Hartsville Backfield hut a few players up from the . Team could provide Wright with some excellent material. Hartsville will to Fielding four backs and the Hod Fox coach plans on alternating them. James Hodge Back from last year s team has moved to a kill Back Slot and will be joined there by George up from the s. Tad Segars. Another and tenth grader Joey Bunch. Any combination of these four has looked said Wright. If they can stay healthy we should have a Good Backfield. They All Block Well for each a big. Strong line will be opening up the holes for the backs and four Are Back from last year s Leam. Glenn Killcy. A 185 Pound senior is Back Al tackle alongside return ing 190 Pound guard Ricky Atkinson. Nale Edmonds is at the other guard spot. He is a Iso Pound senior. At the other tackle is 195 Pound senior Cleveland Davis while Greg Talbert. 185 pounds will probably Start Al Center. A trouble spot on the line is the end position according to Wright where Star receiver Mit Chell Gainey is just beginning to come off an. Ankle injury and is still a question Mark. James Anderson the other end has a bruised shoulder. Filling in will Oro Hahlo be Jay Lucas a Junior and Pleggie Dixon. Defensively the team lacks depth to platoon and Many of the players will have logo both w ays. Napoleon Blakley a Pound tackle is the Only defensive player Back from last year who will not go both ways. Wright Nowin Hissin the year at Carlsville said of his team i believe this is one of the. Highest and closest groups we be Ever had when we get a few non conference games under our belts we Are going to be com the coach feels that Progress depends on the offensive line while on defense he feels that the line backers could be the weakest Point. In addition Wright feels that he has two Good quarterbacks in Lewis and Steve Galloway both arc Quick. R r r r trs t t v Sumter Suttich a Strong. Talented defense could be the key to a successful season for sum Ter but head coach Bill Noonan still Lias reservations about a Back Field that was weakened by graduation. Our defensive team will have to perform real said Conan in regard to the upcoming season. But offensively we Don t have any great Speed we Lack size on the offensive line and we have a Green Quarter the gamecocks were left with 20 players from last year s team but injuries have sliced hat number to 1c. Out of the four who won t be milking it Hack this year three were starters on last year s 5-5 team. Despite the fact that inn seniors arc returning Noonan feels that he will Field a predominantly Young team. One of the brightest spots on the team could be Frank Moses a 210 Pound mid dle guard who May have to Anchor the defense this year. N Conan has Only one player Back in the Back Field 190 Pound fullback Donnie Richie who has Given Strong performances during practice session. He will be joined in the Backfield by Wilbur Herriat 165 pounds and James sugar Bear Nathaniel 170 pounds. Noonan said both of his halfback were extremely fast. The Gree spol this year at the quarterback position where three players Are com Peting. Jimmy Wells a Junior appears to have the upper hand and could be starting for the gamecocks. Sumter will Field a relatively Small line this year but Noonan said that it Wasa flexible line and its Speed should compensate for its Lack of beef. Starting at left end is James Lassaint. A new Comer to Sumter. Junior Howie quicken hush is Back at left tackle. Wayne. Mccoy will Start for the first time at left guard and 170 Pound Junior Tom Mie Dabbs is Back at Center. The right Side of the line includes Richard Culledge. 153 pounds Fackle Al Bilkin a senior at 160 pounds and right end Sam Hunter who returns from last aug. 1 30 sell. L. M cd 1 a Riatti an sepi. Rock hit sept. Sell u Sopr Ai sept. Is. Oct. Cam Den oct. Oct. Oct. Sumter nov. 2 a nov. 1 nov. St. Conway Conway. With 32 pc Lermen returning from last year s squad Conway head football Julius Derrick said about the upcoming season. We can t cry no and he is right. Con Way was one of the few teams in the conference not seriously Hurt by graduation and this Tiger team boasts outstanding run Ning backs and an offensive line that could average 200 pounds. We Ain t strutting yet. We re wailing to said Derrick who is in his second year at con Way. The Tiger coach has compiled an excellent 16-4-2 record during his Brief tenure and guided his Leam to a third place finish in last year s con Ference race. In 1971 his team won the 6aaaa championship. The key to a big year for Conway could be in the huge offensive line that Derrick is expecting to Field lie claims that he could put in a line that averages 200 pounds but he s waiting to see what develops Hob Parker a Pound senior will be anchoring the line from his tackle position and should get plenty of help from Wesley Howell a hefty 220 Pounder at guard. Kim Johnson a 170 Pound Junior will fill the censer position. Frank Shelly a 220 Pounder will com Plimell Parker Al right tackle and William Bellamy who weighs in at 195 will fill the right guard Slot. It s the biggest line ceded Derrick. Carl Spain a Ico Pound senior who is Back for his third year of varsity Ball Heads up a potent Arsenal in the Back Field which included Eddie Salley. 165 pounds at full Back. Phil Byrd 155 pounds at right half Back and three other candidates who Are shooting for a half Back Slot. Spain looks real Good so said Derrick of his Star running Back. He s not very big but he s real Jennings Duncan is Back from last year s team and will be quarterbacking the tigers. Derrick said that his signal caller does nol have a sensational throwing Arm but he does have Talent in leading the Leam. Horace Parmly is being groomed As Dun can s Back up. When not quarterbacking. Par Macy will probably Leam with Rhue m offensive end or play in the defensive Back Field. Hillcrest Hillcrest could be he Only team Iii the con Ference to improve through graduation. The wildcats lost All of their games last year and with Only eight resuming Lel Termen the picture could l look much worse. Coach Gus Pringels feels that a Good Junior varsity team could help the cats this year. We will be smaller. But should be said Pringels. We feel that the Junior varsity is going to provide us with some outstanding athletes and we. Hope to be Able .to.two, this Camden Camden Camden head coach Billy Ammons is counting on an improved offensive line to help Post a win Ning season this year and the return of senior quarterback Dan Jer Nigan. Our offensive line could be the Best we be had in Camden in several said Ammons. Mike Crowe a 190 Pound senior tackle is Back up front and will be joined there by two year men Robert Pettyjohn Pound senior end and Ricky Mcleod a 180 Pounder. The other experienced lineman Ammons is counting on is Center Jim Neal who weighs in at 190 pounds As a senior. The bulldogs have a Veteran Backfield with eight starters Back from last year s 38 team. Ammons indicated that the defense would be strongest in the secon Dary. Except for Jernigan the bulldogs were wiped out in the Backfield by graduation. Semigan 165 Pound signal caller begins his third year Al that position for Cam Den and according to Ammons the smooth operating quarterback has doing a Good Job in practice. Vernon Hammond. 160 Pound Junior will probably Start at the fullback Slot for Cam Den while Back Henry Johnson. Clifton Engram and Mark Hor ton Are competing for the halfback position. We will have Speed in the Backfield this .y.e.ar. But. Rien

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