High School Sports

Football preview: Mid-Carolina

Mid-Carolina not only ended a 40-game region losing streak last season, the revitalized Rebels finished in second place in tough Region 3-2A behind champion Batesburg-Leesville and advanced to the state playoffs for the first time sine 1998.

This time around, M-C won’t take anybody by surprise. The Rebels, who switched successfully to a double-wing attack, bring back a solid group of veteran players that enter the season determined to prove that last season was not a fluke.

What’s the biggest change in one year? Coach Louie Alexander now has more players than uniforms. Competition for every starting job makes for a better product on the field, and should afford the Rebels unusual depth in most areas. And, with a year of experience within the new offensive system, expect the Rebels to add some new options to the basic offensive package.

The returning headliners are running backs Krishawn Holley and Justin Lindler, who were both all-region selections last year.

Mid-Carolina opens the season Aug. 29 against county rival Whitmire on the road. The upgraded non-region schedule includes games against Midland Valley, powerhouse Columbia, Pelion and neighboring Chapin.