Andrews trying to shake off turnover bug

  • Friday, August 22, 2014

Andrews quarterback C.J. Bone hands off to William Lewis during a scrimmage against Carvers Bay on Aug. 15. Bone takes over this year after the graduation of Ethan Wright. Chris Sokoloski/South Strand News

Andrews High’s offense fumbled the first two times it touched the ball during a scrimmage on Aug. 15.

Carvers Bay ran both fumbles in for touchdowns and won 12-0.

The Yellow Jackets then had two more turnovers later in the half.

Andrews coach Scott Durham said no team can win that way.

“You can’t beat a Little League team turning the ball over four times in a half,” Durham said. “If you turn the ball over you’ve got no chance.”

Durham was pleased that his defense held the Bears’ offense out of the end zone.

“Defense was great,” he said. “We expect that every game. We’ve got a pretty good defense and early on, with a new quarterback and a new fullback, they’re probably going to have to keep us in games.”

“I think our defense has gotten a lot better since last year, we’ve progressed a lot, did a lot of things to be better,” said senior Stephone Langley.

“We’ve got two shutdown corners, nobody can throw on us, so I feel like we’re going to have a good season.”

Andrews finished the regular season 6-4 last year, and won a playoff game.

The Yellow Jackets only lost eight seniors from last year, and Durham said a few other players also left the team.

Going into his second season with the Yellow Jackets he’s pleased with what he’s seen since practice started.

“We’ve been getting better and better and better every day,” he said. “[The scrimmage] obviously was no indication. … We kind of took a step backwards on offense. We’ve got to get that corrected.”

“We’re progressing well,” said senior Carlos Smalls. “Little sophomores and freshmen are getting up there. They know that they’re time will come soon so they’re just helping us out our senior year. It’s our turn.”

Langley and Smalls know they’ll have to be leaders on the team this season.

“We’ve just got to stay focused, do what the coach says, follow assignments, make sure everybody is where they’re supposed to be and work as a team,” Langley said.

“You mean everything,” Smalls said. “You’re the heart and the soul. You’ve got to be everything. You’ve got to carry your team all the way.”

Andrews opens the season tonight, Aug. 22, hosting Waccamaw.

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