Wednesday, August 28, 2013
Winning a state championship isn’t easy.
Defending a state championship is even harder as the Cross Trojans found out in their season opener, falling 28-20 to Kingstree.
Coach Shaun Wright will be the first one to admit that teams will come gunning for his Trojans this year. “A lot of people figure because we have all of our running backs back that we are supposed to go back to the state championship,” he said.
The Trojans’ comeback effort fell short against the Jaguars.
“If this first game is any indication we need to get those lineman we had last year back,” Wright said. “We are so inexperienced on the line this year it’s going to take a while to figure out the right combinations.”
First game jitters may have played a part against Kingstree as CHS committed five turnovers.
“Our turnovers really put the defense in bad situations most of the night,” Wright said.
A bright spot for Cross: Wright may have found his quarterback in sophomore Jamar Matthews who ran for one touchdown and threw for another, a 37-yard strike to Jawuan Washington.
“Jamar has stepped it up this summer and entrenched himself as our quarterback,” the coach said.
Dionte Evans accounted for the Trojans’ other touchdown on an 11-yard run.
Cross lines up against C.E. Murray on Friday, a team that, according to Wright, is much improved. But the Trojans need to take care of their own business first.
“We have to mature and grow up in a hurry because these games are coming and we are marked people,” Wright said.
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