Midland Valley High School football
Wednesday August 3, 2011
Graniteville, SC--Day three of two-a-days and we make a trip to the valley, Midland Valley with a Mustang team that usually finds a way to win ballgames when others think they won't. This year, they think they will.
The Mustangs will be led by Trey Walker and Jamaree Drayton who will both be called upon to do a lot. Walker will slide into the quarterback slot and run behind an experienced line. There won't be a lot of flash and dash, but this year's squad could be old time smash mouth football.
"We're able to control the football a little bit, because right now it doesn't look like we are going to have the capabilities to make big plays unless Trey (Walker) makes it," says Coach Rick Knight. "So we're going to have to ground it out a little bit."
"I'm going to have to be more of a leader than the clown of the team that I usually am," says Walker. "But other than that, I'm going to be a good leader for the team."
One concern Knight has is the depth of his team. While he's got a little more size to work with, he's got a bunch of guys who will be forced to play on both sides of the ball. They will be true 48-minute men when the season starts.
"It's going to be a big thing, you know, practicing for both ways and getting used to it more," says Jamaree Drayton. "I did play a little bit last year so I think I'm ready for it."
Coach Knight calls Drayton one of the better players in the area and if Walker stays healthy, this could be a team that makes some noise in the playoffs.