Rebels ready to roll with talented team

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Strom Thurmond High School football.

Wednesday August 9, 2011

Edgefield, SC--On a very short list of the winningest programs around in the past decade, you will find Strom Thurmond. Heck, in the past seven years, double digit wins in all but two of them. This year, expect more of the same.

With the firepower this squad has on offense, scoring points shouldn't be a problem. It all starts with three year starter Raliegh Yeldell at quarterback and goes from there. Yeldell has only gotten better each and every season, and he and Coach Lee Sawyer are looking for a big senior campaign for the Rebels.

"You know, anytime you have a third year starter at quarterback you're ahead of the game a little bit," says Sawyer. "He's progressed so much. His sophomore year he made a lot of sophomore mistakes, he was much improved last year and hopefully we'll see that much better things out of him this year."

"It is very comfortable. Learn everything in three years and play the best ball I can play," says Yeldell.

But he won't be alone. Yeldell has some serious threats behind him, namely, junior Darius Hammonds who is a legit threat to break a big one every time he touches the ball. And he'll touch it a lot, including on special teams. If there was a question mark on the squad, it's the defensive line. They lost everyone there, and others have to step up and stop the ball at the point of attack.

"I know the group is young, but they can get the job done," says Nick Clark. "They wouldn't be right there in that position if they couldn't get it done. I think if they just keep working hard, they'll grow up and eventually get the job done."

Another tough non-region schedule will have the Rebels hopefully peaking when the playoffs roll around.

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