Thomasville Times Enterprise

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November 14, 2012

Up to the challenge

Yellow Jackets ā€˜Dā€™ ready for athletic Seminoles offense

THOMASVILLE — Coach Bill Shaver described Creekside as “maybe, the most talented team,” his Thomas County Central Yellow Jackets will have faced all year.

With a pair of Berry twins on the Seminoles squad, it’s hard to argue.

They Yellow Jackets defense are bracing for a Creekside team loaded with athleticism, headlined by quarterback Evan Berry and running back Elliott Berry, brothers of Kansas City Chiefs defensive back Eric Berry. The Seminoles also feature a pair of stout wide receivers, including Trevbonous Britt and Michael Leverrett, a pair of 5-foot-9 speedsters.

“They’re very athletic,” Central defensive coordinator Cliff Heard said. “They’ve got big, tall wide receivers that really can run. They’ve got a big quarterback that can throw it. They’re just really highly-skilled football players.”

With so much firepower to prepare for, Heard’s biggest concern isn’t with the plethora of athletes at Creekside’s disposal.

“Same thing as it always is, us,” Heard said. “We always worry about us more than we do anybody else. If they do what they’re taught to do and play like they’re capable of playing, then we don’t worry about much.”

Central’s defense has allowed an average of 15 points this year, highlighted by a pair of shutouts. The Yellow Jackets also held Harris County’s talented offense to 258 total yards in last week’s Region 1-AAAAA championship game. Central’s defense features playmakers from the defensive line to the secondary.

“We’re pretty good. We’re not where we want to be yet but we hope we’ve still got five games to continue to improve. Our kids buy in and they do what we ask them to do and they work their tails off,” Heard said. “Willie (Ivey) played really well last week (at defensive back). Jalen (Snead) and Jamal (McNeil) (at tackles) have played really well all year. (Linebacker) Jarell Jones has been kind of the glue that’s kept everything together.

“Those four have really been special for us the last few weeks.”

Jones and Ivey each had a pair of interceptions in Central’s 52-0 win over Hardaway on Oct. 27.

For full details, see Thursday's edition of the Times-Enterprise.

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