The Hartsville Red Foxes are loaded with talent heading into the 2014 football season. After finishing with a 10-2 record last year, Hartsville appears ready to make another run at the Class AAA state championship.
The entire backfield returns, including leading rusher Brian Rivers. He ran for 1,445 yards and 14 scores last season. Rivers is a game-breaker, who averaged 9.5 yards a touch.
Shy McPhail piled up 1,001 yards on the ground last season with 14 scores. And A'Ryon Dudley chipped in with 650 yards and hit paydirt 12 times.
The offensive line is young but solid, according to head coach Jeff Calabrese. Hartsville does not pass much. But when they do, 6'2" wide receiver Daquan Benjamin will be their top target. Last year, he averaged 16.5 yards a reception.
Veteran quarterback Matt Lynch is a magician in the Red Foxes misdirection running attack.
The Hartsville defense was one of the best in the state in least points allowed last year. The Red Foxes recorded six shutouts and gave up just six points a contest. But they will have to replace their entire line.
Five defensive starters are back, including 225 pound middle linebacker Datavious Wilson, and Rayshawn Coe. Senior safety Tre Cooks will shore up the secondary.
Hartsville will open the season at home against Central of Pageland on August 22nd.