Blue Devils chase third straight trip to state finals

Monday August 1, 2011

Williston, SC--Over the last three years, no team has been as successful as Williston-Elko. A 38-4 record including back-to-back trips to the state title game.

Making it three straight will be a challenge after they were hit hard by graduation. Only a few starters are back on both sides of the ball, and there are big holes to fill. It could be the questions asked that provide the motivation for this crew.

"We're so confident, you know," says senior Rokeem Williams. "You have me coming back, me and Kendric Salley are the only two starters on offense coming back and I'm the only starter on defense coming back but we have this team behind me, and they just get after it, all out, so our work ethic is going to be excellent."

"You know we've got a lot of work to do. We've got some people missing and some spots to fill and I think we'll get the job done," says Kendric Salley. "We have to prove them wrong as a team, it takes 11 people to play the game."

If you're not familiar with the name of Kendric Salley yet, get used to it. He's maybe the top running back in the entire area and will be called upon to carry the ball upwards of 30 times a ballgame. With a new quarterback that's yet to be determined and new faces all around, don't expect them to be gangbusters out of the gate. Down the stretch, that might be a different story.

"I think this will be the type of football team that will get better, I think that will peak towards the end," says Coach Dwayne Garrick. "I think those teams the last couple of years peaked real early. It'll be a fun year and it will be fun to see how far these kids advance. Like I said, being young and inexperienced to hopefully having a chance to make a little run towards playoff time."

Coach Garrick likes the attitude the kids have and says they might be better up front than people give them credit for.

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