High School Sports

Football preview: Newberry

Newberry enters the 2008 football season in better shape in terms of experience and overall team speed that a year ago when the Bulldogs posted a 7-5 record after getting off to a slow start. Sam Baird’s team figures to be very much in the Region 3-2A title race this fall even though the conference is deeper in talent with the addition of Strom Thurmond (down from 3A) and Gilbert.

The top returning hands on offense are running back Montagus Caldwell and top-flight receiving recruit J.J. Suber. Caldwell led the Bulldogs in rushing last season with 896 yards and eight touchdowns. Suber’s individual numbers were not impressive if only because Newberry was once more a run-first attack. Still, the 6-foot-4 senior is considered to be a Top 20 prospect in the state.

The strength of the team is depth at the offensive skill positions. The big questions are up front. As usual, Newberry can be counted upon to play solid team defense.

As usual, the Bulldogs are facing a demanding non-region schedule, starting with the season opener on Aug. 29 at home against 3A Clinton.

Baird is entering his 20th season in command. He sports a 150-67-0 record at the Bulldogs helm.