Swamp Foxes use summer to hone skills and learn new defense
Ashley Ridge football coach Kenny Walker is pleased with what his team is showing him this summer.
The Swamp Fox skill players have remained busy with passing activities such as a weekly tri-team 7-on-7 league with Summerville and James Island and last weekend's Air it Out tournament at Fort Dorchester.
“We have been working two groups so we are getting a lot of players reps,” Walker said. “I'd say this summer our skill guys are a little ahead of where our guys were last summer. I like their work ethic and athleticism.”
Rising sophomore Stephen Duncan has lined up at quarterback with the Swamp Fox Cardinal Team most of the summer and shows promise.
“Stephen is making reads a lot quicker now than he was earlier and doing a good job,” Walker said.
Rising juniors David Turner and Chandler Avenel are also getting a lot of reps at QB for the Swamp Fox Gray Team.
“They both backed up Jacob Thompson last season,” Walker said. “It's good for us to get to see all three of those guys in a competitive environment early on.”
Several receivers returning to the team seem to be poised for a good year. Walker says rising senior Donavon Thompson is leading the way for the group so far but that rising junior DeShaun Santiago gives his team a quality deep threat. Rising junior Matt Linton stands to see more action than he did last year and rising senior Sean White will likely lineup both as a receiver and running back this year.
Brad Thomas, formerly of West Ashley High School, has joined the Ashley Ridge staff this summer and will serve as the team's defensive coordinator. That change has brought a change in the team's defensive base so players are making adjustments.
“It seems like our defense is a step behind on everything but I think that is a good change for us,” Walker said. “We are probably more athletic on that side of the ball than we have been at times so we just have to keep working on fundamentals and technique. We have some guys who lack experience but not talent.”
All-region safety Kendall Felder returns for his senior season and Walker says he is providing good leadership for the secondary. Other players getting a lot of reps as defensive backs include Trequan Jenkins, Jamal King-Smalls, Chris Jones and Morrise Martin.
Rising junior Tyquan Tucker has emerged as a leader for the team's linebackers. Stephan Gilliam, Daman Smalls, Tyler Moore and Dylan Mariucci also bring varsity experience to the linebacker position and newcomer Abraham Kemmerlin is also taking a lot of reps at that position.
“This is the time of year that we need to get our schemes and timing down and I think we are making progress with those things,” Walker said.
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