Aiken hopes speed wins over size

Wednesday Aug. 5, 2009

Aiken, SC--We continue our trek around football camps with a trip to Aiken and a check of the Hornets, usually one of the more dominant teams around. Winning is the norm for these guys.

To repeat a 9 and 3 campaign, Cary Johnson's crew might have to go some. They, like many, hit hard by the graduation bug and have plenty of new faces in new places, mainly on the offensive line. Not only are they young, they're a bit on the small size. But that might not matter one bit for Aiken.

"I think it's our skill people" says coach Cary Johnson "We're blessed with a lot of skill people. Right now we're concerned about some linemen and our size. We don't have much size so hopefully we can use our quickness to our advantage."

"Well, everybody's young" said senior Aubry Johnson "We're young, we have very limited seniors and we're trying to get the young guys on the same page that we play on."

Besides Aubrey Johnson in the backfield, Billy Vickers will run the show at quarterback. He's fresh to the varsity level but according to Johnson is very capable of hitting the big play. With the turnover, you'd think a coach might switch up his offense. No switching here, just tweaking.

"We've gotten away from the wing-T not totally but a good bit and have gone more towards the option game" added coach Johnson "We do these things because of our size. We don't have those big boys the other schools have."

Aiken fell in the first round of the playoffs last year but if the skill kids can step up and the line play comes together, don't be surprised if Aiken is again a contender come late November.

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