THE RIDGE VIEW Blazers are coming off of a 3-8 season that included one Region 4-4A win. But, with 12 starters back, coach Raymond Jennings can see improvement.
“We’re going to be young in key spots,” said Jennings, “but we should pretty good in the offensive and defensive lines.”
One of the key spots where there is youth is at quarterback, where sophomore Cameron Butler will take the reins. Another player Jennings expects to make a contribution on offense is Dejuan Warren at fullback.
Returning starters to the offense are senior wide receivers Marcus Reaster and Tyreek Wilson. Up front, where Jennings expects good things, are seniors Demetrius Chambers at center, Dennis Daley at tackle and Malik Ball at guard.
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Defensively, the Blazers return seven starters. Senior Zane Smith and Andre Bouknight will anchor the interior line. Senior Nasir Player and Khalil Hopkins will hold down the ends.
The linebacker group returns three starters, with senior Josh Hill on the outside along with junior Shamar Hinson and senior Malcolm Montgomery inside.
Region 4-4A will be tough again this season, and Jennings has the Blazers preparing with a tough out-of-region schedule, including three 4A Top 15 teams – Goose Creek, South Florence and North Augusta – along with Irmo and Nation Ford.