Spring football practice ends

COUNTY — Spring football practice has ended for all four Pickens County high schools, and each team is looking for improvement from last season.

That’s going to be most difficult for Daniel, which fell one play shy of a perfect season last year, losing on a last-second field goal to Myrtle Beach in the State championship game.

The Lions wrapped up spring practice with their annual spring game Friday, and Robinson admitted after the game that his team will face an uphill battle after losing more than a dozen college-bound seniors from last year’s team, including Mr. Football finalist Jae’lon Oglesby at running back.

“This is Daniel, so I expect our kids to rise up to the challenge,” Robinson said. “We don’t deny we lost some great players, but we expect our JV guys to step in those spots, compete and get better every day.

“We’ve got the tools — we’ve just got to put them together.”

Easley, meanwhile, also held its spring game Friday, battlign through injuries with an air of excitement under second-year coach Grayson Howell.

The Green Wave finished 5-7 in the first season under Howell last fall, but posted a 4-3 mark in the tough Region I-AAAA.

“Due to some injuries, some other kids got a chance to play,” Howell said of Friday’s spring game. “We are going to hang our hat on defense, just like we did last year, and hopefully we will be better on offense.

Howell was impressed with his defense during the scrimmage.

“I liked the way they played — the kids worked hard,” he said. “We are going to have to continue to develop depth. We are going to have to figure out who our two-way players are. It was a great atmosphere here tonight.”

Liberty and Pickens will also be looking to bounce back after disappointing seasons last fall.

The Red Devils finished 2-8 in 2013, while Pickens compiled a 6-5 record, but was bounced from the playoffs by county rival Daniel in the first round.