The Wilson Hall football team is adjusting to life under a new football coach for the second straight year after former Spring Valley coach Jimmy Noonan left after a one-year stay in his hometown of Sumter.
But at least the new coach is not unfamiliar to the players or the school. Eddie Talley is back in the football game after guiding the Barons to a 47-5 record during a four-year tenure (2000-03) that saw Wilson Hall play for the Class 3A SCISA championship four times, claiming the school’s last top prize in 2003.
Five starters return on offense and three on defense off last season’s 11-1 club that suffered its first setback in the playoff semifinals.
Players to watch include Thomas White, Ricky Crum, Andrew Harvin, Cotton Carruth and Hugh McMillan.
White was third on the team in receiving with 14 catches for 250 yards and four touchdowns and had 49 tackles and four interceptions on defense at free safety. Crum was second on the team with 915 rushing yards and had 36 tackles and six sacks at linebacker. Carruth saw double duty on the line, ringing up 35 tackles and three sacks on defense. Harvin had 105 tackles, three tackles for loss and two sacks at linebacker. McMillan had 47 tackles and one interception in the secondary.
The Barons get off to an early start this season, traveling to Hilton Head Christian for a Week Zero opener.