They combined for 10 sacks in 2013. A new quarterback will
have help from a healthy stable of running backs, including
last season’s top rushers Crum and Hunter.
ENROLLMENT: 1,092 (REGION VII-3A)
2013 RECORD: 2-8, 1-4
THE COACH: Chad Eaddy
THE PLAYERS: Ta’Ron White (Sr., DL), Daleon James (Jr.,
LB), Christian Bruce (Jr., WR), Jalen Page (Jr., OL), Anthony
Stanley (Jr., DL)
THE WORD: Since bringing home a state crown in 2006,
the Wilson program has fallen on hard times. But coaches
hope those lean years have hardened those currently clad
in the royal purple and gold. While enduring one of the program’s most difficult seasons in 2013, several gems were
discovered. Among them is wide receiver Bruce, a talented
youngster that caught 45 balls for 653 yards and seven
touchdowns as a sophomore. His advancement as a go-to
threat in the Wilson offense will help take the pressure off
of whoever earns the starting quarterback job. On defense,
stalwarts James and White return and are expected to do
their part to ensure the unit returns to its dominant ways.
ENROLLMENT: 1,393 (REGION VIII-3A)
2013 RECORD: 9-4, 3-2
THE COACH: Mark Clifford
THE PLAYERS: Jeffery Tookes (Jr., RB), Jawan Mack (Sr., CB),
Brady Cormier (Sr. K), Jordan Bates (Sr., P), Malcolm Simmons (Sr., DB), Andrew Smyth (Sr., LB), Jason Senn (Sr., LB)
THE WORD: Following consecutive losing seasons, Beaufort
finally got over the hump and notched a playoff victory in
2013. Though a talented senior core is gone, coaches have
installed a tempo-based, multiple-formation offense they
believe suits the athletes currently on the roster. Expect
running back Tookes to get a large share of the carries as he
looks to improve upon a 750-yard campaign. The Beaufort
defense is solid as the top tacklers from a year ago – Smyth,
Senn and Simmons – are back. With punter Jordan Bates
and field goal kicker Brady Cormier, special teams could be
pivotal to the Eagles’ success.
ENROLLMENT: 1,327 (REGION VIII-3A)
2013 RECORD: 5-6, 3-2
THE COACH: Jeff Cruce
THE PLAYERS: Joseph Dress (Sr., QB), Alex Taylor (Sr., OL),
Jamal Bowman (Sr., RB), Dionte Simmons (Sr., WR), Jordan
Brown (Jr., WR), Karon Reed (Sr., WR), D.J. Witherspoon (Sr.,
WR), Deion Williams (Sr., WR), Chris Mathis (Sr., DL)
THE WORD: “Fear the Deer” is the message at Berkeley this
fall as the program has much to prove after consecutive seasons of wallowing in mediocrity. Quarterback Dress returns
to lead the Stags’ offense and that unit has weapons in both
the running game and the aerial attack. Bowman’s performance at running back will be a big factor in Berkeley’s
success, along with the production of receivers Simmons,
Brown, Reed, Witherspoon and Williams. However, none
of that will be possible without a great offensive line and
coaches are optimistic as standout Taylor leads the unit.
ENROLLMENT: 1,047 (REGION VIII-3A)
2013 RECORD: 11-1, 5-0
THE COACH: Charles Patterson
THE PLAYERS: Sam Denmark (Jr., WR/DB), Tre Smalls (Jr.,
DL/LB), Deandrea Thompson (Sr., WR/DB), Cody Graham
(Sr., OL), Anthony Tolliver (Sr., OL), Jacob Garibay (Sr., DL)
THE WORD: Double-digit win totals mean little in the postseason and that’s a cruel fact Hanahan players learned the past
two years as they fell short of their goal of a state title. An explosive offense may take a step back after losing its starting
quarterback, leading rusher and top receiver to graduation.
With that in mind, expect a more conservative approach this
fall. Defense is expected to be the team’s strong suit with
leading tackler Smalls and ballhawk Thompson back for
HILTON HEAD SEAHAWKS
ENROLLMENT: 1,189 (REGION VIII-3A)
2013 RECORD: 7-4, 2-3
THE COACH: B. J. Payne
THE PLAYERS: Aaron Frazier (Sr., WR), Jerome Maddox (Sr.,
OL), Savannah Reier (Jr., K), Michael Ruth (Sr., DL), Tyler
Hamilton (So., RB/WR), Aiden Hegarty (Jr., QB), Skyler Ko-rinek (Jr., OL)
THE WORD: Injuries derailed what Hilton Head hoped would
be a breakthrough season in 2013. Despite the disappointment and losses to graduation, the Seahawks have a
number of key pieces that could help make this year rather
successful. Maddox leads a solid offensive line and he plans
to keep the jersey of new QB Hegarty clean, while also opening running lanes for sophomore sensation Hamilton. The
success of any defense begins up front and Hilton Head is
no different. Lineman Ruth, who made 61 tackles during his
junior season, anchors the Seahawks’ defense.
ENROLLMENT: 1,295 (REGION VIII-3A)
2013 RECORD: 9-2, 4-1
THE COACH: Tommy Brown
THE PLAYERS: Albert Huggins (Sr., DL), Austin Bradley (Sr.,
QB), Reggie Davenport (Sr., RB), Micah Charles (Sr., RB)
THE WORD: Yearning for playoff success that has been fleeting in recent years, the Bruins hope to bring some pride back
to a tradition-rich program. The effort is led by several talented seniors, who look to leave their imprint. The group includes highly touted lineman Huggins and he’ll see action on
both sides of the ball. Eight more starters return on defense,
a unit coach Brown expects will set the tone. Offensively,
starting quarterback Bradley is back for his senior season
and he’s joined in the backfield by Davenport and Charles,
last year’s leading rushers. In the end, the Bruins know their
playoff hopes rest on a three-game stretch against defending conference champ Hanahan, Berkeley and Beaufort.
R. B. STALL WARRIORS
ENROLLMENT: 1,034 (REGION VIII-3A)
2013 RECORD: 1-9, 0-5
THE COACH: Johnny Boykin
THE PLAYERS: Tyrell Russ (Sr., LB), Andrew Seay (Jr., DL),
Benjie Wright (Jr., QB), John Simpson (Jr., OL)
THE WORD: Stall hopes to see a reversal following a one-win
season. Wright spent much of his first year under center
running for his life, something coaches addressed during
offseason. One player who didn’t need much motivating was
Simpson, a mammoth offensive lineman who was one of
the few bright spots in the trenches. On defense, linebacker
Russ and lineman Seay look for improvement after that unit
gave up 30 or more points in five games a year ago.
AS THE DIRECTOR OF FALL PRODUCT FOR
Rawlings Sporting Goods Co., Ryan Farrar is tasked
with providing football players with the lightest
performing helmet on the market. Farrar knows that
football players don’t want to feel constricted by their
helmets. While they’re on the field, football players
don’t want to feel their helmets at all.
Farrar, a former baseball player at Missouri
Baptist University, feels his team at Rawlings
achieved its goal of providing the lightest performing helmet on the market for the fall season. He
recently shared his thoughts on the new product
line with FNF Magazine.
WHAT EXCI TES YOU MOST ABOU T THIS PROD-
UC T LINE?
It launched this spring. It’s the NRG Tachyon
football helmet. We’re very excited about the
product. We’ve tested it on the field in the NFL and
NCAA as well as high school. The initial feedback
has been positive.
WHAT’S DIFFERENT ABOUT THE HELMET
FROM PREVIOUS RAWLINGS MODELS?
We stuck with the same strategy of creating a
lighter-weight, lower-profile, comfortable helmet.
We just received a five-star rating in the 2014 Vir-
ginia Tech Helmet Ratings.
This helmet has three main technologies. The
first is the AC2 layer, which stands for active
compression cores. We’ve integrated cores into
the padding system, which allow the helmet to
perform at different temperature levels without
The second technology is the custom comfort cush-
ioning. The cushioning is inflated against the shell.
All other helmets inflate against the head. Those
helmets lose the contact surface area when inflated.
The last technology is the heat exchange. We take
pride in the fact that all of our helmets provide venti-
lation in the shell. The vents are not blocked by pad-
ding; there’s a path for air to exit through the shell.
ARE THOSE ALL NEW TECHNOLOGIES?
Heat exchange has been around for a couple of
years, but there is more surface area of vents in the
helmet. The two other technologies are brand new.
HOW DID YOU DETERMINE THAT THE HEL-
MET NEEDED TO IMPROVE IN THOSE AREAS?
We talk to all different players. We go into NFL
locker rooms to talk to equipment managers. We
talk to a lot of high school players about the cos-
metic fit and feel.
ISN’T IT DIFFICULT TO CATER TO THE
TYPICAL ATHLETE’S DESIRE TO WEAR A LIGHT
HELMET WHILE ALSO MAINTAINING A HIGH
STANDARD FOR SAFETY?
That’s definitely the hardest thing to do. If a hel-
met is not comfortable or too big, nobody is going to
wear it. The Tachyon is the perfect storm helmet. It
helmet. – DAN GUTTENPLAN