Originally created 08/25/06

Season Preview: South Aiken



Head coach: Robert Wrightenberry (First year at South Aiken; 15th overall)

Classification: SCHSL Region 4-AAAA

2005 record: 7-5

Four-year record (since 2002): 26-21

Last playoff appearance: 2005

Returning starters: 7 offense, 4 defense

Key Thoroughbreds: Senior OT Wes Baldwin (6-4, 270); Senior C/DT Christian Stutts (5-11, 220); Junior QB/DB Calvin Fuller (6-2, 190); Senior SS/RB Q'Bryan Roper (5-9, 165); Senior LB/TE C.J. Hewitt (6-0, 210); Junior OL/DL Taylor Glass (6-0, 225).

Offensive attack: Look for returning all-region choice Fuller to lead out of a Pro-I formation. He was the area's top running quarterback last year, finishing with 1,194 yards and 15 TDs. Sophomore RB Denzell Washington (5-8,155) could be more famous for his feet than his Hollywood name by November. Sophomore OT Jerquari Schofield (6-3, 240) could be a major college recruit in two years.

Defensive keys: Wrightenberry won't change much. Graduation did enough. All-area defensive linemen Ben Anderson and Dekoda Watson now play in the ACC. Junior DB Bucky Washington (6-2, 170) has the athleticism and size necessary to excel.

Thin at: Defensive line and linebacker

Big game: At North Augusta, Oct. 20

Different this year: South Aiken will not have a better defensive line than everybody it plays this year.

Could go bad if: Fuller goes down. Football is a team game, but he means so much to the big picture. Another concern is if this team struggles out of the gate. Will it begin to think it can't win without former coach Dan Pippin?

Great year if: Fuller can throw for 1,000 yards. That would give the offense the balance it needs to contend in the region. If a 15-carry-per-night horse emerges in the backfield, that would make Fuller even deadlier.