News 12 @ 6 Tuesday August 12, 2008
Johnston, SC--This is uncharted waters for Strom Thurmond coach Lee Sawyer. No Coco or Aramis Hillary to rely on, like they have in the past five years. For the Rebels to yell this year, they're going to have to have fresh, new faces step it up.

Javon Brown will be called upon to lead the offense. Don't worry, all the work load won't fall on his shoulders. Running back Maurice Brown does return and had a half dozen touchdowns a year ago. And like most teams, Strom Thurmond has a good mix of seniors in key places returning. That'll help bring things into focus for the Rebels to win ballgames. With a rich histroy of winning, nobody wants to drop the ball.

"I play on that a lot because we always talk about inheritance, something that you inherited" said coach Lee Sawyer "They take great pride in that and hopefully they'll take it and run with it this year."

Tra'ves Bush will be leaned upon as well on defense in particular. While points may be tougher to score this year, keeping the opposition out of the endzone will be big. That's where some of the experience comes into play.

"It comes into playing a lot this season when you're playing stronger teams, better teams and experience helps a lot." said senior Tra'ves Bush

Strom also drops down a class. Instead of playing in 3-A, the Rebels are a 2-A team this season.

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