Thomas County Central doesn’t have to replace its entire offense, just 94 percent of it.
After dropping their final two games and getting eliminated last week in the first round of the Class AAAAA playoffs, the Yellow Jackets will look completely different the next time they run on the field. Gone will be 10 offensive starters, including all three of the backs that made the split-back veer option attack so dangerous.
“It will be a major, major, major rebuilding on offense,” Central coach Bill Shaver said. “That’s awfully scary because the past five years we’ve had a high quality quarterback between Eric Dodson and Adam Choice, that knew your offense and you knew you could trust them and what they could do.
“Now you have to plug somebody in that’s completely new and then what’s even scarier is you’re throwing him in behind an offensive line that’s completely new.
“It’s going to be a tall task.”
Leading that mass exodus — which accounted for 4,067 of the team’s 4,327 yards of total offense — is Choice, the three-year starting quarterback and Central’s career rushing leader with 5,095 yards. The 5-foot-9, 190-pounder that is verbally committed to Clemson as a running back, dislocated his shoulder on the final drive of the third quarter against Harris County in the regular season finale. Without him, Central’s offense mustered six points in five quarters as it dropped those final two games.
Choice completed 31 of 62 passes for 522 yards with seven touchdowns and just one interception as a senior. That added to his 1,521 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns on 191 carries as he broke Joe Burns’ 16-year-old record of 5,006 career rushing yards.
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