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Mains takes over Chesterfield program

By Justin Driggers

Consulting Editor

Chesterfield – The Chesterfield High School football team was in need of a new coach after Chris Arnoult left to take the job at Mid-Carolina.

The Rams didn’t have to look very far as offensive coordinator Michael Mains was given the reins. Mains has been an assistant/O.C. for the past four seasons.

They opened up the Mains era on Aug. 24 against McBee.

He inherits a talented squad that went 9-3 overall last season and 4-2 in the region. Chesterfield made the second round of the AA playoffs before falling to eventual state champion Abbeville.

That talent is especially evident on the offensive side of the ball as the Rams return seven players from a squad that averaged 39 points a game last year.

“Our strength is on the offensive side where we return seven starters, including three players that had over 1,000 yards from scrimmage,” Mains said.

That includes senior wide receiver Shyheim Rivers (5-10, 195) who had 68 catches for 1,150 yards and 14 touchdowns in 2017. Junior WR Ricky Lockhart (6-8, 180) is also back after grabbing 47 receptions for 1,167 yards and 11 scores last season. Junior running back James McBride (5-8, 135) is back in the fold as well and is coming off a year in which he rushed for just under 1,000 yards (978).

The offensive line features a number of key returners as well in junior Colby Smith (6-0, 300), senior Michael Wall (6-0, 305), junior Terrell Nivens (6-2, 250) and junior Zane Huggins (5-11, 200). Junior Dalton Hudson (5-10, 185) is also on the line.

The Rams did have to replace their quarterback with sophomore Josh Adams (5-11, 160) taking over.

On defense, Chesterfield returns just four starters, and Mains said that “shoring up the defensive line” was going to be a priority.

That line includes Gabe Hurst (6-2, 230), LaVonte Covington (6-3, 350), Huggins, and Gabe Oliver (5-10, 205).

The linebacking corps includes junior returnee Josh Sellers (6-2, 210), who had 130 tackles last season. Josh Ellerbe Rivers will be beside him.

The secondary is led by senior defensive back De’Onta Bowen (5-9, 170) who had four interceptions to his credit a year ago. KaDarius Moser (5-10, 140), C.J. Johnson (5-8, 133) and Ricky Lockhart are expected to start as well.

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