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Wing-T offense emphasizes Southside athleticism

Published 1:22pm Monday, August 4, 2014

CHOCOWINITY — Having muscle-bound defensive linemen or a bulky, run-muffling linebacking corps is a luxury Southside does not have, being a Class 1-A high school with a limited selection of players.

On offense, the Seahawks are without a bruiser tailback or a chart-topping quarterback, but head coach Jeff Carrow has adopted a style of offense that accentuates his team’s strength — sheer athleticism.

“We’ve never been blessed with huge guys around here, but we do have speed from time to time,” Carrow said. “I’m continuing something I learned with coach (DeWayne) Kellum. Running a Wing-T, you can be successful, whether you have four-star athletes or average high school football players. It’s about a system.”

In his second season at the helm, Carrow hopes his attention to fundamentals and adherence to the Wing-T system will drive Southside its first winning season since 2010-2011.

The Wing-T offense takes discipline. It’s dependent on each player’s familiarity with the playbook and ability to execute. One slip up can break down any play.

“Blocking, good ball fakes, ball security, footwork and timing — the staples of what we want to be doing,” Carrow said.

With a collection of athletes, the Wing-T can be extremely effective. Carrow expects junior Lawrence Brown, a two-sport athlete who was one of the faster players on Kevin McRoy’s baseball team, to be the go-to tailback and subsequently the catalyst behind the offense’s operation.

“He’s kind of a versatile player,” Carrow said. He can also run our wingback position if be. He’s an extremely hard worker, a dedicated guy who have a passion for football.”

Also on Carrow’s list of playmakers is junior Dylan Lewis, a bigger back who will likely fit into the fullback slot on offense. Lewis led the Seahawks in rushing last season.

Southside should be one of the more dynamic and flashy offenses in the county in 2014. If the team can come together and function like a well-oiled machine, the Seahawks could make some noise in a wide open Coastal Plains Conference.

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