The Socastee Braves are in the midst of spring football practice, preparing to replace the area's top player, and getting ready to move up in classification from AAA to AAAA.
Two-Time WPDE Zoneman Trophy winner Hunter Renfrow is bound for Clemson this fall as a walk-on receiver. Filling Renfrow's big shoes at quarterback this fall will be Jordan Hodge.
Hodge is a 5'8" 140 pound rising senior. He's quick, and has a strong arm. Socastee is expected to continue running the option, but the Braves say they will spread the field and pass the ball more in the upcoming season.
Socastee head coach Doug Illing said he is confident that Hodge will get the job done for the Braves, "He's a tough nut. He's a wrestler, so he understands physical play. He's composed as a quarterback. He was there and played behind Hunter and made some really good fill in situations when Hunter went down. He's got a little experience under his belt."
Last year in a back-up role, Hodge rushed 25 times for 116 yards and three touchdowns. He also completed 8-of-13 passes for 113 yards with three touchdowns and no interceptions.
Socastee made it to the third round of the Class AAA State playoffs, and finished with a 12-1 record.
The Braves will move up to Class AAAA Region VI next season. Along with Socastee, other teams in the region are Carolina Forest, Conway, South Florence, Sumter and West Florence.