Two Cane Bay High School defensive backs reeled in opportunities to play at the next level, including one Cobras coach Russell Zehr knows very well.
His son, Jackson Zehr, and Trevor Dangerfield are leaving the Lowcountry for the Upstate after graduation. Both helped the Cobras finish second in the Region 7-AAAAA standings and advance to the playoffs last fall.
Zehr is headed to Wofford College in Spartanburg and Dangerfield to Erskine College in Due West. They were recognized in a ceremony in the school’s auditorium this month.
“The biggest thing we’re going to miss from those two is their leadership,” Coach Zehr said. “That’s something very hard to replace. It’s the kind of thing people don’t see about kids when they’re out there. It’s not hard to replace good players. It is very hard to replace good kids. They’ve been in this program forever. They’ve come up watching some really good guys in front of them.”
In 2018, Zehr combined for 60 total tackles and recovered two fumbles from a safety spot. Dangerfield, a corner, made 34 stops and picked off a pair of passes. Zehr was also the team’s holder.
Erskine has restarted its football program and will begin competition in 2020. The Flying Fleet last had football in 1951.
“Trevor is in a unique situation with Erskine,” Zehr said. “They’re just starting up. They’re redshirting everybody. He’s kind of got a year to mature and grow and develop. He’s got some time to grow into the position.”
The younger Zehr will try to prove himself right out of the gate. It will be tough for a walk-on. The Terriers advanced to the FCS quarterfinals in 2016 and 2017 and made the second round last season.
“He’s a preferred walk-on,” Zehr said. “They said we know you can play football but you’ve got to come up here and prove it. Wofford plays good football. He’s got a lot of guys up there he’s got to compete with. It’s going to take a lot of hard work.”
Neither Zehr nor Dangerfield had any problems getting after it in high school. He expects both to get dialed in on the task at hand.
“Both of them are extremely hard workers,” Coach Zehr said. “They showed up every day all summer long. They came out and practiced hard. They have good attitudes.”