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Lyman Ward wants to take strides in 2011

Published 6:44pm Wednesday, May 11, 2011

The Lyman Ward Military Academy Rangers have resumed spring  football practice and are looking to improve on last year’s 1-9 season in AISA-AAA play.

LWMA will look to rising senior DeWayne Pritchett to continue his success on both sides of the ball, as Pritchett will be expected to contribute offensively at running back and defensively at linebacker.

“DeWayne has been everywhere for us over the years and we will look for him to continue to be one of our main athletes this coming year,” LWMA head coach Sheldon Ward.

Pritchett has drawn interest from a number of universities including Southeast Louisiana and Wofford.

Sophomore Carter Johnstone will return under center for the Rangers, and he will look to wide receivers Colton McKinley and Dillon McMullen to lead LWMA in the passing game.

“We’ll be looking for Carter to continue to mature in the quarterback role for us,” Ward said.

“Down field it will be big to have both Colton and Dillon coming back this year to make some plays.”

The Rangers will be led up front by Justin Tart, who is the only returning starter on the offensive line.

“The main goal right now is to get the right guys up front and work on getting them tougher and stronger,” Ward said.

LWMA is also expecting to build up defensively as Alec McCormack and Chaz Williams will lead the linebackers corps for the Rangers.

“Pretty much all of our guys go both ways,” Ward said.

“It will be big for Alec and Chaz to get established in their linebacker positions and be able to fill holes.”

Ward also went on to say that the Rangers will look to have a few more incoming players from upcoming enrollment before the beginning of the 2011 season.

“We’re out there having fun and getting most of our fundamentals down right now,” Ward said.

“We just want to continue to build and get better.”

Lyman Ward will travel to Flint River Academy in Woodbury, Ga. their spring game on Friday May 20.