JOHNSTON, S.C.---There are high hopes this season with a good number of returning starters on offense and defense but make no mistake, the success of this team lies with number 7.
Senior defensive end Sam Broadwater explains, "It makes it easier because he's been here a couple of years and we feel pretty confident in him."
Aramis Hillary was a Sophomore wide receiver on Thurmond's state title team 2 years ago. Now he's the team leader as a Senior and takes that responsibilty very seriously.
Hillary says, "I think i've matured a lot. Everybody looks up to me since i've been the starting quarterback for 2 years."
The team's confidence comes from Hillary's talent. Over 1,700 yards passing last season and 11 touchdowns in his first year as a starter. The rebels, however, were knocked out of the playoffs early and finished the year 8-4. It's worth noting they were dealing with 17 new starters in '06 and this time around with a more solid team around him, Hillary will be building on his debut campaign.
Coach Lee Sawyer says, "Getting off to a good start last year really boosted his confidence and this offseason he's worked as hard as i've seen him."
Something else to watch for with this squad is the special teams. The Rebels return one of the better kickers in our area. Senior Ceasar Navarro. They open the season August 24th at North Augusta.