A new season begins for a senior core of Red Foxes

The 2023 Hartsville High School football team. PHOTO BY WILL JOHNSON

Running Back #23 Kylif Miller runs an outside zone play looking for blockers in the Red Foxes scrimmage game against Scotland County in the Pee Dee Jamboree of Champions. PHOTO BY WILL JOHNSON

After a gain of 10+ yards, Running Back #23 Kylif Miller is tackled by a Scotland County linebacker. PHOTO BY WILL JOHNSON

By Will Johnson

Hartsville High School competed in the Pee Dee Jamboree of champions at Dillion Memorial Stadium last Friday against Scotland County. Led by Coach Jeff Calabrese the Redfoxes came out swinging early with a 30yd running touchdown by #0 Hakeem Watters, Junior with 9:05 left in the first quarter. Hartsville would find the endzone again soon after with a 10yd run by #1 Carmello Mcdaniel on 3rd down with 5:19 left in the first quarter. Hartsville has a large variety of weapons on offense with Watters and McDaniels splitting time in the backfield. Their strong running back core is the backbone of their offense. They also have air-to-ground threats with senior #6 Mckendrie Douglas at QB. #5 Josh Byrd, QB, will miss the entirety of the season with an ACL-related injury that he sustained last season. The red foxes would beat Scotland County 27-14.

Hartsville going 7-5 last year is looking this year to make a deep playoff run. South Florence rebuilding after losing key starters will give Hartsville an opportunity there. Hartsville has over 35 seniors on this year’s team. A group that has a lot of experience winning together on the field. Hartsville will look to fine-tune the offensive game plan and look reduce opponent scoring on defense has the opportunity to do something big this year.

Hartsville will face off against Conway in their season opener on Friday, August 18th, at 7:30 pm in Hartsville. Last year Hartsville won against Conway 41-17.

Author: Stephan Drew

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