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OUTLOOK Tragedy struck the Trojans in July, when starting center Garrett Bennett died in a car accident. "The talk among the players has been to win [the state title] for Bennett," says coach Allan Trimble. "They've decided they're going to play for him, and I think that's noble." Ginther threw for 1,664 yards and 19 touchdowns last year, while Adkins ran for 724 yards and seven scores. Jenks is stacked on defense with Shuck (four-year starter), Gillespie (bench-presses 365 pounds) and senior defensive backs Dial (committed to Arkansas), Devin Reed and P.J. Adeji-Paul.
19 Hampton (Va.) 2005 RECORD: 13-1
TOP PLAYERS: QB Tyrod Taylor (6'1", 205, Sr.); LB-RB-WR Jacobi Fenner (5'9", 188, Sr.); LB Marquis Bassette (6 feet, 215, Sr.); DL Tyrel Wilson (6'2", 220, Soph.); DL Anthony Wardrett (6 feet, 205, Jr.)
KEY GAME: Oct. 20 vs. Phoebus ( Hampton, Va.)
OUTLOOK: The Crabbers won the state Group AAA Division 5 final last year and bring back 12 starters, including Taylor, who's one of the nation's top quarterbacks and has committed to Virginia Tech. He threw for 1,544 yards and nine touchdowns and ran for 1,044 yards and 21 scores in '05. Fenner proved he was a two-way standout in the title game, when he ran for a touchdown on offense and had six tackles, an interception and a forced fumble on defense. The defense, which gave up only eight points a game, will be solid again.
TOP PLAYERS: WR Deonte Thompson (6'1", 190, Sr.); WR Tarus McKinley (6 feet, 190, Sr.); QB Bryan Mann (6'1", 190, Sr.); RB-DB Damien Berry (5'11", 205, Sr.); OL Ernest McCoy (6'5", 330, Sr.); OL Jatavious Jackson (6'4", 295, Sr.)
KEY GAME: Aug. 26 at No. 17 Byrnes (Duncan, S.C.)
OUTLOOK: Thanks largely to the return of 19 starters, the Raiders are primed for a run at the state Class 3A title after losing to Booker ( Sarasota) in last year's semifinals. They have a high-powered passing game behind Mann (23 TD passes in '05) and wide receivers Thompson and McKinley. Glades uses a 3-3-5 defense to take advantage of its speed; senior defensive backs Berry (committed to Miami), Johnnie Lee Dixon (Auburn), Rashad Jackson, Gion Jackson and Curtis Cross are all fast and physical.
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