Kickoff Countdown: Young Panthers hold real promise

There’s a youth movement under way in the Carolina Forest football program, and coach Marc Morris hopes it continues to be a step in the right direction.

Despite losing several senior standouts to graduation last season, the Panthers have high hopes about the next group in line to follow in their footsteps.

“Our JV program went 9-1 the last two seasons,” said Morris, who is entering his third season at the helm of the Panthers. “We’ve got a lot of young guys but it’s a good group.”

Carolina Forest will have senior quarterback Matt Beale back to bring his dual-threat talents to the young offense. Look for running backs David Legette and Marquavious Collier to fill the roles left by the departed tailback tandem of Dyverse Simmons and Anthony McAfee, and a new stable of receivers will put even more of an onus on the ground game.

The Carolina Forest defense also receives a bit of an overhaul, and their role will be critical on a team that lost its last four games by a combined six points last season to finish 6-5. The young Panthers will have to gel quickly with tough early games against North Carolina foes Providence Day (Aug. 25) and Hoggard (Sept. 8), as well as local rival Myrtle Beach (Sept. 15).

Carolina Forest plays five of its first six games at home to help ease the transition for the younger Panthers.

CAROLINA FOREST SCHEDULE
8/25 Providence Day
9/1 St. James
9/8 Hoggard
9/15 Myrtle Beach
9/22 at Loris
9/29 Socastee
10/5 at South Florence
10/13 at Sumter
10/20 West Florence
10/27 at Conway

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