High School Football

Maybank still key as Waccamaw Warriors face change

Head coach Tyronne Davis hasn't been with the Waccamaw football program long, but then again, he really didn't need much time to identify the strength of his new team.

Senior Jerome Maybank is hard to miss.

A skilled 6-foot-4, 320-pound offensive and defensive tackle, Maybank has committed to play for Clemson next year and is one of the more high-profile players in the area this season.

Davis made it clear that Maybank will be the focal point for a Warriors team looking to sustain the progress made over the past few years under former coach Burney Bourne, who retired after last season.

"When you scout us, it's going to be very easy to see that we're going to run behind Jerome 90 percent of the time. But the other percent, we're probably going to hand him the ball and line him up in the backfield," Davis said last week, eliciting a few chuckles at a media luncheon for the CNB Kickoff Classic.

There's no doubt, though, that Maybank will be a busy man for the Warriors this season.

"The only problem is that sometimes I think we expect too much of him because the kid barely comes off the field," Davis said.

As for Davis, he comes to Waccamaw after two seasons as Georgetown's head coach. He takes over a program that has been on the rise in recent years. The Warriors had won but one game from 2000-2003 before Bourne took over. Their 7-4 finish last year was their best record of the decade.

"I really have some big shoes to fill. Last year, coach Bourne started something very special at Waccamaw High School," said Davis, who was an assistant for Bourne when both were at Cheraw.

The head coach won't be the only difference for Waccamaw this season.

With him, Davis brings a new offensive system. The team will run the double wing.

Junior Nick Davis, a transfer from Palmetto Christian Academy in Charleston, tops the depth chart at quarterback, while senior Alex Burdette and freshman Jalen Simmons are also expected to touch the football plenty.

On the other side of the ball, senior Tyler Bailey returns at linebacker to lead the defense, while fellow returning starter junior Jaquon Rogers should be a key contributor at defensive end.

"Our biggest thing is just going out and competing and seeing if we can get better each week," Davis said. "With everyone healthy, we could end up being a pretty good team barring no injuries. At the same time, we've got to develop some depth."