FRIDAY NIGHT PREVIEW
Trojans Bottle South Columbus In
W occamow Conference Opener
BY DOUG RUTTER
is South Columbus for real?
That's what everyone in Wacca
maw Conference territory is won
dering after the Stallions opened the
high school football season with
three consecutive non-conference
Coaches and fans should get a
good read on South Columbus
Friday night when the Stailions open
Waccamaw Conference play with a
home game against the defending
state 3A champion West Brunswick
"I'm excited about starting the
conference schedule," West Bruns
wick head coach Yogi Hickman said
TUesday. "But I wish it was some
body who we were pretty sure we
could beat. This is an awfully tough
Heading into league play. West
Brunswick and South Columbus are
among the favorites to challenge for
the conference championship. Both
teams are 3-1.
West Brunswick is coming off a
32-14 win over Mullins, S.C. The
Trojans also have beaten
Wilmington Hoggard (28-6) and
South Brunswick (28-7). West's on
ly loss was to Dillon, S.C., (41-0)
three weeks ago.
South Columbus lost for the first
time in 1994 last week at St. Pauls
(27-12). The Stallions own non-con
ference wins over White Oak (32-0),
Bladenboro (20-18) and Loris, S.C.
"This is a team most people
thought in the preseason could win
the league," Hickman said. "They're
very big and strong. They're not in
credibly quick, but they are strong
Jack Holley, the winningest active
high school football coach in North
Carolina, is in his second year as
head coach at South Columbus.
The Stallions feature a power
rushing attack led by senior Chad
Turbeville (5-9, 202) and junior
Corey Lewis (5-9, 170). Seniors
Mac Longs (6-4, 275) and Michael
Wright (6-2, 260) anchor the offen
West Brunswick's offense is built
around senior quarterback Eric
Johnson, who has completed 28 of
53 pass attempts (53 percent) this
season for 372 yards and three
Johnson, who starts at safety on
defense, also is the second-leading
rusher on the team with 194 yards
and four touchdowns.
The Trojans feature a balanced
ground attack with senior tailback
Timothy Daniels and senior fullback
James Morgan. Morgan has rushed
for 204 yards through four games,
and Daniels has gained 190 yards.
Leading receivers are junior
Derek Frink with 14 receptions for
197 yards and two touchdowns. Ty
Brown, who sat out much of last
week's game with a neck injury, has
caught eight passes for 133 yards
and one TD.
West Brunswick's defense has
yielded 68 points this season, but
most of it was in one game against
nationally-ranked Dillon. In the
Trojans' three other games, West has
yielded an average of 9 points per
West has forced 12 turnovers so
far this season and committed 10.
The Trojans have only turned the
ball over twice in the last two games
while recovering four fumbles and
intercepting three passes.
"We will try to utilize what we
think are our strengths. We can't
hammer them inside. We'll use
quick-hitters, the option and throw
the ball," Hickman said of Friday's
"That's what we do best. We're
now physical enough to challenge
them. We have to do what we do
well and use our strength, which we
think is speed."
Conference games are more im
portant than non-conference games
because state playoff berths are
based on conference record.
The seven-member Waccamaw
Conference will receive three play
off berths this season ? two in the
2A bracket and one in the 3A class.
West Brunswick, South Brunswick
and Pender are the 3A teams. The
2A squads are Whitevillc, West
Columbus, South Columbus and
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"This is a team niost people
thought in the preseason could
win the league. They're very
big and strong. "
? Trojan Coach, Yogi Hickman
the Waccamaw Conference last sea
son, good enough for a first-place tie
with Whiteville and West
Columbus. South Columbus was 3-3
in the league last year and 6-4 over
"I think most people would gener
ally concede that ourselves, South
Columbus and Whiteville probably
have the best chance to win the con
ference championship," Hickman
While this week's game is impor
tant, Hickman said a win or loss
does not guarantee anything.
"It certainly helps if we can win,
but it's not the end of the season for
either team if they lose," he said. "I
don't know if any team can go
through this conference un
Friday night's football game will
be the third between West Bruns
wick and South Columbus, a school
that opened in 1992 following con
solidation in Columbus County.
The Trojans had their way with
the Stallions in the first two meet
ings, winning 45-0 last season and
47-0 two years ago in the first round
of the state 2A playoffs.
While the Trojans open confer
ence play, South Brunswick will
play its final non-conference game
of the season Friday night against
the visiting Clinton Dark Horses.
Clinton, the third-ranked 2A team
in the state, is 3-0 with wins over
Whiteville, West Columbus and East
Bladen. The Dark Horses defeated
the Cougars 47-27 last year at
In other Waccamaw Conference
games this week, Whiteville travels
to Pender and West Columbus plays
at East Columbus.
LAST WEEK'S RESULTS
? W. Brunswick 32, Mullins 14
? Laney 29, S. Brunswick 28 (OT)
? Whiteville 36, Fairmont 0
? St. Pauls 27, S. Columbus 1 2
H W. Columbus 47, E. Montgo
? Red Springs 24, E. Columbus 8
? Wallacc-RH 38, Pender 14
FRIDAY NIGHT'S GAMES
? W. Brunswick at S. Columbus
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W. Brans. 0-0
S. Coium. 0-0
W. Colum. 0-0
S. Brans. 0-0
E. Colum. 0-0
3-1 88 68
3-1 91 51
3-1 113 59
2-2 69 54
1-3 84 87
1-3 34 83
0-4 33 127
? Clinton at S. Brunswick
? Whiteville at Pender
? W. Columbus at E. Columbus
? All games start at 7:30 p.m.
The Shallottc Redskins youth
football team is looking for a cheer
leading coach and cheerleaders.
Girls from 5 to 13 years old are
eligible. Registration fee is SIS, and
the deadline is Friday, Sept. 30.
Spacc is limited to the first 12 girls
For more information or to regis
ter, call Kris Kime or Joe Rosselli at
Brunswick County Parks and
Recreation Department, 253-4357 or
Mack M. Upchurch Sr. shows two unusually large Keiffer pears
borne by six-year-old trees at his home on Evans Circle off H olden
Beach Road. One pear weighs 1.9 pounds and the other, 1.4
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