Tuesday Aug. 11, 2009
Johnston, SC-- There was only one team from the CSRA that brought home a state title last year, and that comes from the eight man ranks and Wardlaw Acadmey. A new coach this year, but don't be surprised if the result is the same.
Chalmer Carr takes over the Patriot program and don't expect too much to change seeing he's been with the program for several years now. While they might play eight man ball and the roster is small to begin with, Wardlaw lost only a couple of seniors, but they were two big cogs on the offensive line which is an early season concern.
"Well the key for us is going to be to fix our offensive line" said coach Chalmer Carr "We have a couple of holes there, a couple of question marks. You have to get the ball snapped so we have to find a good center that's reliable. We run a lot of shotgun, so got to make sure we do that and replacing our two big guards. Of course our team gelling. We have to get our team gelling together, we have some younger players moving up and we have a big sophomore class that's moved up so getting them integrated with the older guys, that might be a little bit of a challenge."
Evan Bell and James Brumbaugh are two guys back to anchor the line while Stephen Balentine is a four year starter at the quarterback slot. With other key athletes returning, it should go along way in this team's success.
"Oh yea, that's way more important in eight man because in eight man it's more about speed then it is about talent." said Stephen Balentine
"It is tough to teach an athlete. You know those guys who have natural ability, sometimes the hardest challenge there is hey guys you have responsibility, you can't just go wide open 100% of the time, you have to play your position" added coach Chalmers
Coach Carr feels if the team gels quickly, no reason to think they can't make a run for yet another state crown.