THE MID-CAROLINA Rebels are coming off two challenging seasons, but coach Louie Alexander is excited about his returning roster.
“We’ve had a tough go the past two years,” Alexander said, “but we return good talent and should be much improved from a year ago.”
The Rebels return five offensive starters, including two linemen. Senior Jarvis Wadsworth returns to the lineup with Damarcus Robinson at guard.
Three skills players return, including running back/slot receiver Tray Green, a junior, senior wide receiver Mackenzie Flemon, and senior fullback/tight end Dante Boyd.
There will be five returners to defense.
The lone trenchman is senior defensive end Trimone Hall-Gantt.
The linebacker group returns three starters, including junior Landon Dowd, junior Rashon Graham, and Flemon.
The lone returner in the secondary is senior cornerback Zy Hiller.
New faces in the lineup that Alexander expects big things from will be sophomore quarterback Corey Stone, junior running back Dee Lindler, and junior offensive lineman Marshall Horne.
Defensively, look for contributions from sophomore defensive back Terrell Long and junior nose guard Dante Meade.
The Rebels will waste no time in facing stiff competition.
Their out-of-region schedule includes Chapin, Batesburg-Leesville, Saluda, and Indian Land.
Realignment for 2014-2016 will lighten the load slightly in region play as they will face Columbia, Eau Claire, Fairfield Central, Keenan, Newberry, and Pelion.
An early prediction would be fourth, and more than likely fifth or sixth, in the new region.