Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Savannah Teams Struggle in 3-AAAA

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Savannah Teams Struggle in 3-AAAA

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In terms of top teams, nothing much should change in 3-AAAA this year. Subregion B is still a battle between Brunswick and Camden County for the top spot, while A likely will be a three-team race of Glynn Academy, Benedictine and Effingham County. One thing that does need improving in the region -- only Brunswick made it out of the first round of the playoffs, losing in the quarterfinals.

SUBREGION A

SAVANNAH BENEDICTINE: On both sides of the ball, the Cadets have voids to fill. Danny McNamara (6-0, 155 pounds) enters his senior year and returns as starting quarterback for head coach Tom Brackett. With both starting receivers graduated, Brackett will have to rely on 6-4 senior Greg Sewell to make big plays at wideout.

BRADWELL INSTITUTE: Coming off a 7-3 season, Tigers coach Jim Walsh Jr. has only five starters returning. However, Walsh believes they are up for the challenge. "Physically we're OK, and able for good competition. We've got some hardworking players." On the offensive line, seniors Jeremy Brown and Ernie Guyett are returning remnants from the area's best last season.

EFFINGHAM COUNTY: New coach George Spencer has totally revamped the Rebels' offense and defense. "The kids seem receptive to the new stuff. They've had good work ethic in weight room in the offseason. The defense is really looking to be aggressive. Their team effort is outstanding," Spencer said. The Rebels have 14 starters back from a 6-4 team, seven on each side of the ball.

SAVANNAH GROVES: Groves finished fifth in the subregion last year, and coach Kevin Brown has his work cut out for him to improve on that standing. Groves (4-6) will be hard-pressed to make a dent in the top of the region against Glynn Academy, Benedictine or Effingham County.

SAVANNAH: This year, the Blue Jackets are just hoping not to sink in this competitive subregion. New head coach Al Pellegrino, who comes over from Johnson, will have the remainders of last year's 2-8 squad to impress upon new strategies. …

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