Trojans look to fill ‘Big 3’ missing pieces

  • Monday, June 30, 2014

Dan Brown/Independent Jamarial Pringle has emerged during summer practice as the team's senior leader.

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For Shaun Wright and his Cross Trojans, the big question remains: How do you replace a core trio of runningbacks the caliber of Devontae Shepherd, Dionte Evans and Diamonte Evans?

The obvious answer is, you can’t, but as the countdown to the Trojans’ season opener on Aug. 29 against Hunter-Tyler-Kinard begins, some new names are emerging.

Wright cited Jamarial Pringle’s so far this summer as the emerging senior leader.

“He has been steady all summer,” the coach said.

This fall, the key cogs in the Trojans’ first state championship in school history will begin their collegiate careers.

Shepherd will suit up as a Charleston Southern Buccanneer while the Evans brothers head off to Limestone College.

The Trojans play one of the toughest non-region schedules in Berkeley County, playing more to prepare for their Region 6A schedule than to pad a win/loss record.

“We start our season off at home against the defending 2013 state champions, Hunter-Tyler-Kinard, which could very well be the toughest team we face all season,” Wright said.

Cross tops HTK with its annual Timberland game before hitting the road for a month of away games against Murray, Lake Marion, and Scott’s Branch, plus the Trojans’ first Region 6A tilts against Burke and Baptist Hill before returning home in mid-October.

The Trojans will assume the role of road warriors this fall as only four of their 10 games are at home.

Two years removed from their 2012 Class A Division II state championship, the Trojans are battling to find the right combination that could take them back to Columbia this fall.

“The summer passing leagues are going as expected, hit and miss,” Wright said. “We are awfully young at the skill position so we are working hard but being patient at the same time.”

Wright’s offense is primarily a pitch-and-run attack so beyond the summer competition, he does not put a lot of stock in passing leagues.

“Our numbers are low as usual but we never make excuses; once we lace them up we want to win.”

Bad news for the Trojans is the lost of lineback/wide out Anthony Myers for the season.

“He had an outstanding spring and we will miss his play making ability,” Wright said.

As the countdown to the regular season begins in July, Wright is pleased with what he’s seen from his team so far.

“Practice has been good ... the guys are putting in the work hopefully it will translate to success.”

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