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Florence Morning News (Newspaper) - August 31, 1973, Florence, South CarolinaAugust 31. 197j Florence morning news Lake City Lake j City Lake City which lost two of the Best running backs in the conference through graduation might be the Only Leain in the conference unimproved Over last year claims new head foot Ball coach John King. The conference too Good for said King who takes Over die reigns from Hoy Cromer. All the team s in the league will in improved except graduation Hurt most in the Backfield where Wayne Mishoe. Who Sig Ned with Clemson. And Willie Allen who signed with . State have departed. However. King did Welcome Back ii Ciller Man off of last year s fi-2-2 team and accor Ding to he Rookie coach it should his Lino considerably. The Backfield will be new for All Puishes King converted Dale Dicks who played end last year into his Star Ting quarterback and the senior will be joined there by halfback James Stroman and Charles Gambell. Stroman has played some and Gambill is up from the Junior varsity team. Sammy Austin. 17s pounds will be us fullback. King describes his line As a Little stronger than our returning Letterman include 180 Pound Center Mike Jordon. 205 Pound tackle Joe Hannah and two year ice Lorman Kad Dyal guard. The rest of the line saw at least some action last Vear. Al the other guard slow is Joe Lane who weighs in a 1ho. At tackle Rufus can Lee at 250 Pound and at ends Lee Mathews and l re Derick Harr. Manning Manning the Manning Monarc tis were hard hit by graduation last year losing if players from last year s team and according to head coach Harry Gam Brell it could mean a much weakened do sense. Our defensive line is he big question said Gambrill who is in his second year As head coach at Manning. The offensive line looks pretty Good. Pecan holdout own and score but we Are going to have to work on keeping the Oiler team from perhaps the biggest loss to Manning is that of All state tackle Tony Dubose. In addition to his loss. Gambrill has vacancies at the line Backer slots. Both Cor Ner Back spots and the ends. Graduation also took its loll in the offensive Hack Field where the monarchs were wiped out. We lost our Quarter Back both half backs and two full said Garbrell. Hut we Johns at Florence Aix 30 i Che Al Kings ire w. John s Jol a s oct. Go Jot i s have some Fine boys coining Back to fill those James Socal. A 185 Pound Junior who played end last year and caught 14 touchdown passes has been switched to a half Back position. Robbie Blackmon. Small 150 Pound Junior will join Seal at the other halfback spot. The monarchs have a huge full Back however in James Johnson who tips the Scales at 215 pounds and. According to Gambrill. Has Good Speed to go with the size. Tommy outline who played As Hack up Quad t e r b a c k in his Sophomore and Junior years Lias teen lapped to take Over the Helm and is another Bright spot in the Manning lineup. Kingstree Kin Ostruk with Only Len players Back from last year s championship team things would appear at first glance to be Bleak for the Kingstree Boll Weevils. It s definitely going to Ari milled head coach John Montgomery. Hut i like to be optimistic and 1 think we can in order to successfully defend the 5aaa Crown coach Montgomery and squad will have to rely heavily on players moved up from the Junior varsity team and a few athletes who will be going both ways for i he boil Weevils. Last year we called our team Lite Wall of Wilson blockers forms to protect Ball Carrier coming around end photo by Johnny elfish pills two joked Montgomery. Most of last year s squad played on defense and offence and it almost won Llic lower state championship before Hanahan pulled off a Freak play in the dying moments of he game to win. Llo Peveril May not be As easy this year. Montgomery has Only Highl i c 11 c r in e n Back including the Center the left halfback and the full Back. On defense Only the left halfback and the safety a re Back. Earnest James a three year Letterman is Back and will be running for the left half Back position. He is joined there by fullback Willie Washington who weighs in Al ibs pounds and right halfback Charlie Hooker who is also a three year Letterman. Charlie Brown who has Good Speed and did a Good Job for the j v team last year will be at he Helm directing from the quarterback Slot. The line is All new. Montgomery converted Phil who played a Back last year and Johnny Pendergrass into offensive tackles. The Boll Weevils will have two ice Lermon Al the ends. Henry Nesmith and Jimmy Hampton. Montgomery said thai his offensive line should average around 170 pounds. Most of the offensive starters will be doubling As defensive players. Booker and Brown will be deep backs while May take Over .1 line Backer Job Ami Pendergrass a defensive tackle assignment. A 195 Pound freshman. Jerry Scoll will also be going both ways As a linebacker and Offen Sive lineman. A Bright spot in the Kingstree lineup could be Ashley Hoat Wright who according to Montgomery has been booming Yard punts All year. The Sophomore also excels in kicking Field goals and extra our Backfield should help us a lot this said Montgomery. We will basically be playing on our Jav record and in s a big jump from Junior varsity to varsity. The other members of the conference expect us to win. I Hope we 15 v Steve ii Obertson assistant sports editor the 5aaa conference race could develop into a real dog fight in 1973. Overall the conference is extremely Well Balan ced. The Power houses last year Manning Kingstree and Wilson suffered a lot through graduation while the other teams appeared to have a red better. Defending Champ Kingstree could have a hard time defending its title with a least three other teams serious title contenders. Southside will present a volatile team for the first time in two years and should be in the Middle of things. Also look for big happenings from Manning Lake City and St. Johns. Butler could be the Sleeper this year As coach Theodore Thomas goes into his 23rd year of coaching using person i from the schools first Junior varsity learn. Wilson in a rebuilding year appears to be out of it at this Point but count on the tigers o pull off a few major sur Prises

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