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Lead West Wrestlers
BY DOUG RUTTER
A good mix of strong veterans
and solid ncwcomers would be one
way to describe West Brunswick
High School's wrestling team.
Dangerous would be another.
With four returning starters and a
couple ncwcomers with years expe
rience in local youth programs. West
Brunswick figures to be well
stocked at six weight classes.
Throw in a handful of athletic un
derclassmen and the Trojans could
be plenty tough if their inexperi
enced wrestlers learn the basics
quickly and stay off their backs.
"We've got some young kids out,
several ninth-graders and some
sophomores," Coach Joe Noble said.
"They've got athletic ability. We
should be OK by the end of Dec."
Noble has welcomed back four
starters from a squad that captured
the regular-season county champi
onship last winter. The Trojans fin
ished 10-9 and advanced to the sec
ond round of the state dual team
West Brunswick lost several top
notch wrestlers to graduation, includ
ing Dexter Coke Icy, Steve Brooks
Eric And re is and 1993-94 county
WEST BRUNSWICK QLARTERBA CK EMC JOHNSON (cen
ter) amassed nearly I .HUM yards rushing and passing this season
and accounted for 25 touchdon-ns.
Player Of Year
West Brunswick senior Eric John
son has hccn named Brunswick
County high vchool football player
of the year after leading the Trojans
to the Waccamaw Conference cham
pionship and a record of 10-2.
Johnson, who played quarterback
and free safety, was one of the re
gion's most dangerous players on
offense. He compiled nearly 1,800
yards rushing and passing and ac
counted for 25 touchdowns.
"He had the finest year of any
body I've ever coached," said West
Brunswick head coach Yogi Hick
Johnson heads up the 1W4 All
Brunswick County High School
Football Team that includes 11 of
his teammates. South Brunswick (3
8) placed nine players on the hon
orary squad, while two were select
ed from North Brunswick (3-7).
Hickman was named county
coach of the year after leading the
Trojans to their first outright league
championship in six years and first
undefeated conference season since
Under Hickman, the Trojaas also
set schools records with nine straight
victories and 10 regular-season wins.
Hickman's record is 74-12-1 in sev
en seasons as a head coach.
West's Johnson ran away with
player of the year honors after com
pitting 70 of 135 pass attempts (52
percent) for 923 yards and nine
touchdowns. He also rushed 1 77
times for 872 yards and 16 touch
"He had a great year. If we would
have played another week he would
have had 1,000 yards rushing and
1 ,000 yards passing." Hickman said.
Johnson (6-1, 180) had five 100
yard passing games and rushed for a
career-high 172 yards and three
touchdowns in the Waccamaw Con
ference opener at South Columbus.
Johnson's best game of the year
may have been Oct. 21 against West
Columbus when he passed for 148
yards and rushed for 75 yards. He
threw a touchdown pass to Derek
Frink in the final minute of regula
tion before running 10 yards for the
game-winning IT) in overtime.
As good as Johnson is on offense,
many area coaches say he's even
better on defense. A Shrine Bowl se
lection at defensive back, Johnson
was one of West's leading tacklers
and tied for the team lead with four
Joining Johnson in the all-county
team's offensive backfield are South
Brunswick senior running back OJ.
Morris and North Brunswick senior
back I-amont Southerland.
Selected as wide receivers were
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wrestler of the year William Stanley.
But the Trojans are not depleted
by any means. Returning from last
year's squad are seniors Chris
Jackson and A1 Johnson, junior
Kwabena Green and sophomore
Jackson owns a two-year record
of 50-9 and is a two-time selection
to the all-county team. Green is the
defending county champ at heavy
weight and will be counted on heav
ily this season now that Brooks has
Top newcomers at West Bruns
wick include ninth-graders James
Wemyss and Billy Noble, the
West Brunswick had 18 kids on
the roster as of last week. Tin hap
py with that. I'm still looking to fiii
a few spots," Noble said.
Other team members include
Shawn Hill, Cory Hill, Wesley
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STAFF PHOTO BY DOUG KUTTEK
RETURNING TO THE MAT for West Brunswick this season are (from left) senior Chris Jackson Ju
nior Kwabena Green , senior Al Johnson and sophomore Cliff Gore .
Bryant, Terrell Marlowe, Derrick
Bland, Jamerson Gore, Woody
Brown, Willie Pickett, Kenyatta
Marlowe, Joe Stanley, Derrick
Johnson and Nicole Stumblingbear.
"We've got a lot of athletic abili
ty. It's all going to depend on hjw
fast they learn and a lot of that will
depend on me," Noble said. "Right
now I'm concentrating on what not
to do, like go on your back."
Noble has put together a rugged
schedule that he hopes will prepare
his top wrestlers for the individual
regional and state tournaments
scheduled for late February.
"We've got a real good schedule
this year. We're traveling a little bit
more and going around the state a
little bit more," Noble said.
West Brunswick will face
Wilmington Laney, which has one
of the strongest programs in south
eastern North Carolina, three times
in the first two weeks of the season.
The Trojans also have home and
away matches with Dixon, the de
fending state 1A/2A champion, and
will travel to East Gaston, Southern
Wayne, Kamiico and white Oak.
"I'm doing that mainly for the re
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