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Ayden-Grifton players run drills during practice on Aug. 1, 2019.


By Jake Keator
The Daily Reflector

Saturday, August 3, 2019

Ayden-Grifton is fighting to fill important areas of need for this football season, including at the quarterback position.

Longtime coach Paul Cornwell already had a name in mind when asked who will earn the job.

“Josh Wright has been our No. 1 guy all summer,” Cornwell said. “He was the backup a year ago as a sophomore. He has been working hard and has had a really good summer, so we’re excited for what he brings.”

Former starter Blake McLawhorn is now gone following graduation. He is set to play baseball at Louisburg College.

With the Chargers’ run game comes a strong offensive line, and Wright and the Chargers will have a stable of running backs once again. McLawhorn had just 100 pass attempts a year ago, but he also was sacked just five times all season.

Cornwell added that depth might be an issue with this team.

A lack of depth led to Wright playing multiple positions in 2018.

“We’ll just have to get creative,” Cornwell said. “He (Wright) played a few different positions last year, but now he’ll have the ability to focus more on being our quarterback and less on the other spots.”

Other quarterbacks on the A-G roster include sophomores Quinton Mitchell and Nakeem Whitfield.

As a junior, Wright will have time to develop in the system, which could prove valuable if he and the rest of the offense can maintain ball control and finish games. Finishing is a point of emphasis for the Chargers this year, which falls under the team motto of “the three Fs.”

“Our motto this year is faith, family and finish,” Cornwell explained. “It is based on our faith in each other, the fact that we are all a big family and we need to finish. Last year we lost five games, three of those we led in the fourth quarter, so we want to focus on trying to finish games.”

The Chargers open their season Aug. 23 when they host 1-A opponent Southside.

A-G got off to a strong start a year ago when the two sides also met to open the season. A-G walked away victorious in a blowout, 61-0, and went on to finish 7-5 overall, going 4-2 and finishing third in the 2-A Eastern Carolina Conference. The Chargers’ season ended in the first round of the 2-A playoffs, falling to Kinston, 13-7, in overtime.

Contact Jake Keator at jkeator@reflector.com, 252-329-9594 and follow @JakeKeatorDR on Twitter.


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