They say winning is contagious. Well, if it isn't, it sure seems that way at Strom Thurmond. Year in and year out, the Rebels are playoff bound. This year, they hope to keep it that way.
If the Rebels are to do that, they will have to do it with a lot of new faces. That's because the Rebels graduated a ton of seniors. And not just seniors, but key seniors like vocal leader Tra'ves Bush, quarterback Javon Brown and running back Maurice Brown. Now, it's up to this year's seniors to carry the torch and take the leadership role this team will need to be successful.
"I just think that it's my time to shine. Me and a couple of us 3-year starters," said senior Marcelis Thompson. "It's time for us to just step up and lead the team."
"You know, we were just sort of smashed with graduation as far as linebackers, receivers, and a little bit on the offensive line too," said head coach Lee Sawyer. "These [practices] have ben important times and we've tried not to waste any time at all and try to get these guys ready."
While much will be made of all the new faces on both sides of the ball, there's one thing that is always there at Strom Thurmond -- tradition. And it's that tradition that keeps these guys motivated to keep winning, no matter how young and inexperienced they may be this season.
"We pull on that a lot and I think it's showed this summer because a lot of them, you know, kids are smart," said Sawyer. "They know we graduated a lot of people in key positions and they don't want to be the ones to let it fall back."
Look out for names like Marcelis Thompson and Deikory Williams to lead the Rebel defense. Meanwhile, on offense, Raleigh Yeldell takes over under center. Rebels start the season earlier than most, next Friday on the road at Chapin.