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Beaufort High School

Beaufort readies for first season under new head coach

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Beaufort – The Beaufort High football program has been in a state of flux recently but new head coach Bryce Lybrand hopes to bring some stability back to the Eagles nest.

Lybrand is the third head coach in three seasons at Beaufort but has the advantage of being on the coaching staff last season. He moves into his new role from his post as offensive coordinator this fall.

As the Eagles prepare for the 2019 season opener at A.C. Flora on August 23rd, Lybrand feels his team is on a good track.

“We’ve improved in some areas and we know we have a lot of work to do,” the coach said. “We’re in a good place overall. I think we’re working hard and maturing, learning how to practice.

“The big thing for this team is understanding there will be adversity and we have to learn how to push through things when it doesn’t go our way. We can’t hang our heads and feel sorry for ourselves. Learning to overcome mistakes and tough luck is a big thing when you are trying to win games.”

The Eagles will rely heavily on the running game from returning senior James Dagin, who will shoulder the rushing load this fall.

“He’s electric with the ball, a very good player and a key for us offensively,” Lybrand said.

Sophomore Tyler Haley steps into full-time duties at quarterback this season. He saw some limited action as a freshman and appears ready to take control of the offense.

Working at receiver will be Matthew Haley, Trey Smalls and Daniel Faris. All three have previous experience and form a solid core.

The strength offensively could be the veteran offensive line with four returning starters. Senior center Tody Strawderman anchors the unit inside and also rates as one of the top long snappers in the country. Henry Manley returns at left guard and Terrence Wilson, a junior, returns at right guard. Caleb Hagood, possibly the best of the group, is returning at right tackle.

The defensive front will use five players in a rotation. Working at end are sophomore Alvin Wilson and junior Theo Washington, who is moving from linebacker. Inside will be Jeremiah Simmons, Jay Jenkins and freshman prospect Eamon Smalls, a 6-2, 300-pound physical specimen.

Senior captain Stefan Wechsler leads the linebacking corps, with senior George Williams and junior William Winburn filling their roles.

 Working in the secondary will be Kenneth Williams, Kaiden Grissom and freshman safety Kacy Fields.

 

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