AIKEN, S.C.---"Offensively, I think we've got as good of skill people as we've ever had on our football team," says South Aiken coach Robert Wrightenberry.
Consider that last statement in need of amendment. One of sSuth Aiken's top offensive threats this season, Calvin Fuller, is not currently practicng with the team as the school's administration sorts out off-the-field trouble for the rising Senior that resulted in an arrest last week and charges of assault and battery. So right now, Fuller's status for this season is up in the air, but the rest of the Thoroughbreds are more than ready to play on without him.
Fuller was an all-region quarterback 2 years ago as a Sophomore but, this year's team was never expected to be a one man show. In the backfield, the thoroughbreds still have returning starters Denzell Washington at running back and another returning starter in quarterback Bucky Washington. The only question mark is a slight one at offensive line where South Aiken has to find 2 new starters but putting points on the board should not be a problem, even without Fuller.
Coach Robert Wrightenberry knows though, the team may lean a little more heavily on their two-way threat under center, Bucky Washington.
Coach Wrightenberry says, "Bucky has a lot more experience this year than he had last year. In the last four or five games I think Bucky grew up a whole lot. He did a lot for us through the playoffs and hopefully he'll carry that over into this year."
The Thoroughbreds went just 4 and 7 last season but look to be much improved when they hit the field for game one this Friday when they host Rock Hill.