Midlands football team loses its head coach days before start of preseason practice

North Central High School football coach Tyronne Drakeford, left, talks with defensive back Justin Porter during a workout on Tuesday, June 16, 2020. Lou Bezjak [email protected]

With senior high school football practice beginning following week throughout South Carolina, among the Midlands programs is shedding its coach.

Tyronne Drakeford is leaving North Central Secondary school in Kershaw Area to come to be the Dorchester Area 2 athletic director. Dorchester 2 revealed the hire on its web site.

Aide instructor Ryan McDonnell has been called North Central’s acting train.

The initial high school football games of the 2022 season are less than a month away on Aug. 18-19. North Central opens its period Aug. 19 at Johnsonville.

Drakeford has been the trainer at North Central, his alma mater, since 2017. He led the Knights to an eight-win period in 2018 and also an area champion in 2020.

It was North Central’s first region title considering that 1992 as well as was available in the COVID-shortened season and also a couple of months after a twister torn via the Kershaw County college, severely harming the school and also its football field.

” It is truly, actually big. It has been over 20 years, 25 years whatever it may be. I do not assume we are simply a team,” Drakeford said after the group defeated Cheraw for area title in 2020. “We are starting to build a program and also the children as well as neighborhood are beginning to think that.”

Drakeford was a standout at North Central prior to going to play at Virginia Technology and after that on in the NFL for 8 periods with the San Francisco 49ers, Washington Redskins as well as New Orleans Saints. He was a member of the 49ers’ Super Dish XXIX title group in 1995.


Midlands-area schools in bold.

School — Former Coach — New Coach

AC Flora — Dustin Curtis — Ken Floyd

Airport — Kirk Burnett — Andre Cook

Bamberg-Ehrhardt — Robert Williams — Corey Crosby

Batesburg-Leesville — Gary Adams — Gene Cathcart — Greg Lawson

Ben Lippen — Stephen Cagle — Bennett Weigle

Bethune Bowman — Glen Darby — Cody McNeal

Blackville-Hilda — Brandon Isaac — Kevin Jones

Bluffton — John Houpt— Hayden Gregory

Boiling Springs — Rick Tate — Matt Reel

Burke — Anthony Sterling — Earl Brown Jr.

Cardinal Newman — Doug Dutton — Cory Helms

Dorman — Dave Guttshall — Dustin Curtis

Dreher — Treigh Sullivan — Corey Jenkins

Hemingway — Charlie Richards — Byron Abram

Hilton Head Prep — Dave Adams — Dustin Etheridge

Lamar — Chad Wilkes — Josh Pierce

Lewisville — Will Mitchell — Leon Boulware

Marlboro County — Bobby Collins — Quin McCollum

Newberry — Phil Strickland — Cedrick Jeter

North Augusta — Jim Bob Bryant — Matt Quinn

North Central — Tyronne Drakeford — Ryan McDonnell

North Myrtle Beach — Matt Reel — Greg Hill

Oceanside Collegiate — Joe Call — Chad Wilkes

South Pointe — DeVonte Holloman — Bobby Collins

Stall — Joe Bessinger — Benjamin Lailson

Strom Thurmond — Antwaun Hillary — Andrew Webb

Travelers Rest — Ray Gould — Michael Lancaster

Westwood — Matt Quinn — Robert O’Connell

Whitmire — Charlie Jenkins — Andrew Miller

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