EPC's Clay Malone has big shoes to fill with two-time all-state quarterback Aaron Scales graduating last year. Malone served as a backup quarterback, but mostly played wide receiver the last few years. Malone caught 54 passes for 905 yards and eight touchdowns in 2014. Malone also previously played quarterback in junior high.
Head Coach Brian Weathers says the team will need several guys to step up and fill the stats that Scales provided. But he's confident in Malone and says the team has rallied around him. "Soft spoken guy, but leads by work ethic. The kids love him and they follow him. And that quarterback position is just a natural leadership role and he's handled it fantastically. He is definitely the leader of this football team," Weathers said.
Malone says it will be tough to replace Scales, but that he learned a lot from him and is ready for the position change. "Bigger leadership role. Have to work harder. I always work hard but just try to get the guys fired up and bring a little extra," Malone said.
Malone will also have some help in the backfield with all-league tailback Kyler Gordon back in the backfield. Gordon rushed for 834 yards and nine touchdowns in 2014. Junior fullback Chanc Gray will also add more experience to the running game.
EPC finished in a three-way tie for first with Cross County and Earle in the 3-2A conference in 2014. "It should be tight actually, but I think that with a lot of hard work and effort that we could take that top spot," senior lineman Blade Truelove said.
The Warriors start their season at home on September 4th against McCrory.
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