Last year's injury woes lead to more experienced Southmoore team

BY RYAN ABER Staff Writer raber@opubco.com Modified: August 27, 2011 at 9:47 pm •  Published: August 27, 2011
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Southmoore had high hopes going into last season.

The SaberCats, with Kendal Thompson at quarterback and Andrew Long back at running back after a breakout sophomore season, seemed loaded for a deep run in the playoffs after their 11-2 season in 2009.

But Thompson and Long both wound up injured, and the SaberCats fell to 6-4 and missed out on the playoffs last year.

The offense wasn't the issue, though, as Southmoore scored 21 or more points in every game and topped 40 seven times.

Long still put up big numbers last year, rushing for 1,499 yards in just eight games.

The injury woes that Southmoore underwent last year figure to help the SaberCats this season, though.

At running back, Long's injury opened the door for another young running back, Karltrell Henderson, to rush for more than 1,000 yards as Southmoore put together the best rushing attack in 6A.

Thompson's injury helped give then-sophomore Tre Edwards valuable experience at quarterback.

And Jackson Stallings scored five receiving touchdowns at tight end as a sophomore last season.

“We're going to be better,” Long said. “With Tre playing so much last year, we'll be a better team for it.”

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