THERE WILL BE a new team this year.
Gray Collegiate Academy, a new charter school, will participate as an at-large team led by former Orangeburg Prep coach Adam Holmes. It will be assigned to a region in the realignment next year.
“Being a new program and just hitting the ground running,” Holmes said, “we are excited about the turnout we have for football. With a school of only 450 students, we have 85 football players out. They have had a great attitude up until this point and we keep seeing improvement every week.”
Howie Bayer will serve as the defensive coordinator and assistant head coach. Bret Bethune will coach quarterbacks, William Henry handles the offensive line, and Brendan Hoynes will coach the defensive front.
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Gray will count on senior L.J. Mealing at wide receiver and strong safety. Juniors expected to have an impact are running back/linebacker Eric Harris, H-Back/tight end Grant Robertson, and offensive lineman Justin Hopkins.
Sophomores who will contribute are two-way lineman Calvin Gillins and kicker Cameron Hanna. Freshman to look for include offensive lineman Corbin Jones and running back Duncan River.
Holmes is excited about the progress the team has made in a short time.
“I really think we’ve got a chance to have a successful year,” he said.