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Football

Big 8 Conference is stacked with talent

Published: 2013-08-01 19:15:00
Updated: 2013-08-02 16:55:39

Aug 2, 2013

If there is a conference that appears to be loaded from top to bottom at the 3-A level, you have to look at the Big 8 Conference.

Southern Durham comes into this conference after playing in the PAC 6 4-A Conference and going to battle with one of the toughest teams in the area each year in Hillside. The Spartans return a lot of talent this season as well, and will be a force in the 3-A ranks.

Southern Durham junior quarterback Kendall Hinton is back this season after passing for nearly 2,500 yards and 27 touchdowns last season. He also ran for 500 yards.

Hinton’s favorite target will likely be wide receiver Maurice Trowell, an North Carolina State University recruit. Trowell caught 48 passes for 931 yards and 11 touchdowns last year.

Junior athlete William Cameron will see time in the backfield at running back again this season. As a sophomore last year, Cameron ran 64 times for 582 yards and six touchdowns. He also returned four kicks for 348 yards and three touchdowns – an average of 87 yards per return.

Cardinal Gibbons is also in the new Big 8 Conference and they are also used to winning. The Crusaders are coming off an 11-1 season last year, and they return a lot of fire power.

Quarterback Shawn Stankavage returns for his senior season after passing for nearly 2,000 yards, 25 touchdowns and with a completion rate of sixty-eight percent last season.

Dante DiMaggio will see playing time at many different positions. DiMaggio, who stands at 6-foot-2 and 190 pounds, is a playmaker for the Crusaders.

Gibbons will have to replace some receivers from last season, but their defense should be able to keep teams off the board. Gibbons front seven on defense could be the best in the conference.

Orange completed an impressive 11-3 season last year, making a big run down the stretch.

This season, the Panthers return running back Patrick Pettiford, an all-conference performer who ran for over 1,000 yards last season. Orange should also be strong on defense this year.

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