Yellow Jackets are going old-school with new coach

Lincoln's Christopher George is back at running back this season.

New Lincoln coach James Graham calls himself "old school," and his offense will reflect that this season.

The Yellow Jackets, 1-9 last year, will attempt to put a bevy of talented runners to work in an option attack run by quarterback Eric Manigault.

"We're going back to some smash-mouth football," said Graham, who had a 30-2 record as the coach at Zucker Middle School and is a former Kingstree High School assistant.

"We've got some good size in our running backs. We're going to get back to basics, keep everything simple and see if we can turn this around."

As ever at the tiny McClellanville school, numbers are an issue.

"We've got a good senior class and a good junior class," Graham said.

"We've got 20 to 21 kids out for practice, so it's a numbers game for us. In a team our size, everybody counts."

Graham estimates he'll have eight players starting on both offense and defense.

"We're a little light in the linemen department," he said.

In the backfield, Antonio Pinckney, DaQuan Doiley and Christopher George can expect to carry the load.

Manigault, also a talented track athlete, will distribute the ball in the option.

"He's got a good skill set, a good arm, and we're trying to teach him how to read the option," Graham said.

"He's used to throwing it a lot and we're getting away from that, but he's picking up things real quick."

On defense, Graham said the Jackets need to shore up their tackling to compete with teams such as Baptist Hill, Cross and St. John's.

"It all depends," he said, "on how much we want to hit and tackle."