Carolina Forest’s Hummel resigns as football coach

Carolina ForestCarolina Forest High football coach Drew Hummel resigned his post Monday, just three days after the Panthers closed the season with a 47-12 loss to rival Conway and a 1-10 record.

Hummel, who went 30-57 in his eight-year tenure at Carolina Forest, steps down following back-to-back disappointing seasons and six straight years without a postseason berth.

The Panthers appeared to be on the upswing following back-to-back 7-4 campaigns in 2010 and 2011, but their Class 4A status and sub-par non-region schedules prevented them from making the playoffs.

But Carolina Forest went 2-9 last season and won half as many this year, which coincidentally came against non-region rival and Class 3A power Myrtle Beach, despite having one of the most prolific offenses in the area.

Junior quarterback Will Brunson and a trio of talented receivers rolled up yardage and, and many cases, piled up points. The Panthers averaged 23 points per game and passed for more than 3,000 yards, but the defense yielded more than 50 points per outing.

Carolina Forest athletics director Boe Rainbow said a search for Hummel’s replacement will begin immediately.

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