Will Hunter needed more time in the film room.
Hunter, North Greenville’s starting quarterback, said he wasn’t as studious watching film during his redshirt season and last year when he was a backup. Those habits have changed this season as Hunter became the Crusaders’ starting quarterback.
Hunter’s attention to detail has paid off. The former Lexington High standout has thrown for 2,940 yards and 23 touchdowns for the Crusaders, who travel to North Alabama on Saturday in the third round of the Division II playoffs. Hunter’s 262 yards from breaking Nelson Hughes’ single season record for passing yards in a season.
“It is amazing what watching film does,” Hunter said this week. “You get more of a grasp on things and what we are trying to do and it makes things more fun. You look forward to watching the film and see how it plays out on Saturdays.”
Hunter said he’s anxious about getting the video from the previous game and critiques his performance to prepare.
Hunter’s one of two Midlands skill players leading the Crusaders’ offense. Blythewood’s Javon Smith leads North Greenville with 47 catches for 752 yards and nine touchdowns. The two hooked up on a 99-yard touchdown pass this season against The Citadel.
Hunter was a record-breaking quarterback and North-South selection at Lexington where he threw for 10,322 yards and 101 touchdowns. Still, not many schools showed interest in Hunter, who had shoulder problems during his junior season.
That left Lexington coach Josh Stepp, who coached Hunter for his senior year, “baffled” on the lack of offers for his quarterback.
“He is a special player. You get one like him every five years or so,” Stepp said. “He has a heck of an arm and is a fierce competitor, one of the biggest I ever coached. He never got rattled and knew he had a bright future.”
Tyler Renew (Ben Lippen): Leads Bulldogs with 1,040 yards and four TDs. Named Southern Conference Player of Week twice. First-team SoCon selection.
Roo Daniels (Hammond): Starting center for Terriers and second-team SoCon selection. Third on team with 114 knockdown blocks.
Dominique Lemon (Blythewood): Has 16 tackles
Daquan Miller (A.C. Flora): Starting right guard for Wofford and has 84 knockdown blocks. Second team SoCon selection.
Randy Brown (Swansea): Fifth on team with 60 tackles
Caleb Harris (Dutch Fork): Starting left tackle
Davon Smith (Blythewood): Leading receiver with 47 catches for 752 yards and nine TDs.