2013-05-17 / Sports

Shaq, Foster lead White past Black

By LARRY HILLIARD
Ledger Sports Editor

Gaffney quarterback Shaq Davidson tries to avoid a tackler during Thursday’s spring game. Davidson threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another to lead the White to a 31-7 win over the Black.Gaffney quarterback Shaq Davidson tries to avoid a tackler during Thursday’s spring game. Davidson threw for two touchdowns and rushed for another to lead the White to a 31-7 win over the Black.

Spring practice is over for Gaffney, and coach Dan Jones knows there’s a lot of room for improvement.

“We just have a lot of work to do,” said Jones after Thursday’s spring game.

On offense, the coaching staff is still searching for a reliable wideout to team with Greg Ellis but D.J. Fowler made a couple of tough catches.

On the other side of the ball, a leader needs to emerge on defense, Jones said.

Shaq Davidson and Hyleck Foster wasted little time in showing off their outstanding skills. Davidson threw for a pair of touchdowns and rushed for another while Foster caught and ran for a TD to lead the White to a 31-7 win over the Black, led by the firstteam defense.

Ikeem Posey was a bright spot for the Black offense, rushing for its lone touchdown.

On special teams, Juan Navarro showed he could fill the shoes of placekicker Victor Ramirez. Navarro had a field goal and was perfect on extra points.

Davidson looked more polish in the pocket but flashed his scrambling ability when pressured.

“We still have a lot of work to do,” said Davidson, echoing his head coach’s analysis. “We need to work on running routes and I need to work on getting my arm better.”

Offensive coordinator Donnie Littlejohn was happy with the progress this spring.

“I thought we had a fundamentally sound spring,” Littlejohn said. “Even though we return more starters on offense we still had some new guys that we had to slow down and teach.”

Littlejohn said Davidson is learning to read his progressions better.

Littlejohn also praised the offensive line’s development.

He added that Ellis, Posey and Fowler had good springs.

The defense played with 11 new starters with the injury to starting free safety Jalen Sims. But defensive coordinator Josh Caggiano said he’s excited about his unit’s progress this spring.

“We’ve come a long way with the fundamentals and learning the scheme but we aren’t where we want to be,” Caggiano said. “But we have a good idea of what we have to work with. We have kids who want to do it.”

He said some players have solidified a starting spot with their play this spring, while other positions are still unsettled.

D’Angelo Jefferies, Jordan Shippy, Avery Shippy and Jacob Lemaster played well this spring, according to Caggiano.

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