Tommy Norwood in his second season at the helm of the St. James Sharks returns six offensive starters and five on defense on a squad that went 1-7 last season. Norwood has been pleased with the great turnout during summer workouts even though they have been limited due to league mandates on weather restrictions.
“Practices have been ok,” said Norwood. “I think we have worked hard and have fought through the heat and done everything we have needed to do.”
The Sharks will have a new leader under center after last season’s starter Berkeley Young graduated. Senior Ethan White, a receiver on last year’s team, won the job at the beginning of the summer.
“I think Ethan White is a difference maker,” said Norwood. “He can run and pass. Anytime you have a dual threat, that’s always a plus.”
White believes the team has rallied behind his leadership and is ready to get the season started.
“Mentally and physically we are right there,” said White. “We still have to come together as a team. I think we will be just fine for the season.
Senior running back Malachi Butler has seen what White can bring to the table.
“He is improving,” said Butler. “He is getting better and that arm is strong.”
Butler said the team doesn’t pay attention to last year and are ready to excel in 2019.
“It starts with us just grinding,” said Butler. “We just need to get better as we are doing and stay focused.”
Coach Norwood said only time will tell how successful the Sharks will be this year and they never glance at the upcoming schedule.
“I hope we improve every week,” said Norwood. “We just have to wait and see. The jury’s still out. We only look to the next game. We are not good enough to look ahead.”
8/23 HOME Loris
8/30 HOME Hilton Head
9/13 AWAY North Myrtle Beach
9/20 AWAY Georgetown
9/27 HOME Aynor
10/3 AWAY South Florence
10/10 AWAY West Florence
10/18 HOME Carolina Forest
10/25 HOME Conway
11/1 AWAY Socastee