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Sumter confident entering rivalry game against Crestwood

By Jackson Hoshour | Sumter Contributor

Sumter visits Crestwood on Friday for the annual matchup of two crosstown rivals at Donald L. Crolley Memorial Stadium. 

The Gamecocks have been victorious in their last five games against Crestwood dating back to 2014. Sumter enters the game 1-0 this season after defeating Rock Hill 28-21 last Friday, despite turning the ball over eight times. Crestwood enters with an 0-1 record after getting shutout on the road against a tough West Florence team.

“I feel good about this game,” said Sumter running back Anthony Dinkins McCall. We’ve never lost to Crestwood while I’ve been in high school. We have all the bragging rights going into this game.”

The Gamecocks defeated Crestwood 49-20 last season on their way to an 11-1 overall record. North Carolina commit Tylee Craft caught two passes for 53 yards in last season’s game, but looks to make a bigger impact this year.

“Last year we won, but we didn’t win big like we should have,” said Craft. “So, this year we are trying to make a statement to win big, especially since we didn’t play like we should have last week.” 

Donte Coleman, the reigning Sumter Item Defensive Player of the Week, recorded 16 tackles, a sack, and a forced fumble against Rock Hill last Friday, likes the Gamecocks chances against the Knights.

“I’m very confident in this team,” said Coleman. “After last Friday’s matchup we are more prepared than ever. We are correcting problems and mistakes, and I feel that when we get started as a team we can’t be stopped.” 

Coleman and the rest of the Gamecocks’ defense played well in their season opener, but Sumter coaches know they can’t have a repeat of last week’s performance if they’re going to get the kind of result they want against Crestwood.

“This week, we are changing the way we practice completely,” said Coleman. “Coach Barnes is trying new things out and putting people in many different positions to find our true winning formula. We made the adjustments for Crestwood and we are ready to dominate on all sides of the ball.”

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