Foxes mid-season report
By Coach Jimmy White
As the Red Fox football team wrapped up the first half of the regular season with a 21-14 win over the Marlboro County Bulldogs, running their record to 4-1, it is time to look back and evaluate the Foxes to this point. Coach Calabrese will use the off week to see what’s been good, and what needs work as they prepare for the conference season.
Of course before the conference games begin there will be a very difficult game against Abbeville, the defending 2-A state champions. The game will be played October 29th at Newberry College. All reports indicate the Panthers could be a betther team than the one that defeated the Red Foxes last year.
Let’s review the season. Taking a look at the offense, they have proven to be an explosive, big play team. Like last year Tiyon Evans has been the leading rusher as well as the leading scorer. He has been joined by Collins Bishop who is rounding into shape after suffering an ankle injury in the pre-season.Other runners include Zavaric Hines who replaced Quise Huggins who moved to defense after Game 3.
Backups Donovan Lambert and Lacy Josey have played well when they went in the game. QB A.J. Joyner has been effective keeping teams from ganging up on the running by hitting some big completions to receivers Dashawn Davis and Zy Sanders.
Like all coaches, Coach Calabrese would like to see the offense play a clean game, eliminating penalties and turnovers. The offensive line has been very solid for the most part. Leading players have been Tical McFarland, Mac Cranford, Lee Prescott, Montana Walker and Mac Guttry.
The defense has played well this year, making some big stops in crucial situations. The defensive line, led by Demonte Capehart, Izell McKay and Curtis Thompson, have excelled at putting pressure on the QB and freeing up LB’s to do their job.
The LB’s are led by Kevon Haigler, Montrez Williams, Hunter Weeks and Zay Peterson. The secondary, for the most part, has been strong against several high-powered passing attacks. Rod Gattison, who usually draws the assignment of covering the best receiver, has done a very good job so far this year. Also doing a good job has been Kashari Pooler and safetys J.D. Pendergrass and freshman Keyshawn McDonald.
The kicking game faced questions after losing both punter and kickers to graduation. The question has been answered by Mike Norris and Caleb Caldwell, keeping special teams a strong point again. The Foxes look forward to working hard to improve as the conference season approaches, followed by the playoffs. As always, the chance to play for a state championship remains the goal. Good luck Foxes as you go forward.