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Belton signs to play at Newberry

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Bruin and former Trojan joins Wolves

By Robert Howey

Caleb Belton made the most of his lone season with the Lancaster High School football team.

Belton, who transferred to LHS from Region III-AAAA rival Northwestern High School in Rock Hill, made his play in the Bruins’ secondary and on LHS special teams last season count.

Belton, with his solid play, is bound for the next level to play for the Newberry College Wolves after signing with NC on Thursday, March 7 in the LHS media center.

“Anytime when a kid can go to the next level, it’s an honor,” said LHS head football coach Bennie McMurray. “Caleb is a fine young man who has a great attitude and hustles."

“I appreciate the time we had with him and I wish we had him here for next season,” McMurray said. “I think he will go to Newberry and continue with the same standards set by former Bruins players Taniel Massey and Daniel Foster. Caleb was here a short time, but he set a good, solid example for our younger players to follow.”

Belton, who earned playing time in the LHS secondary, racked up 118 tackling points which included five unassisted tackles, three first hits, three assists, two tipped passes and five good pass coverages.

Prior to moving to Lancaster High, Belton earned two letters for the Trojans.

“I feel I’m ready to make that next step,” said Belton, a 5-11, 166-pounder. “I’m looking forward to it. I feel pretty good about being with the Wolves.”

Belton was recruited by Stephen Flynn, a former Buford High School football standout who now is the Wolves’ defensive coordinator.

“Coach Flynn was real persistent and I admire that in a coach,” Belton said. “I’m praising God for it all. Newberry’s a real nice campus and it’s a good place for me. I feel their football program is on the move.”

Lancaster High School athletic director Mark Strickland praised Belton’s work and determination to play at the next level.

“Caleb came in and made the most of the situation,” Strickland said. “He was a good addition for us. He learned our system pretty quickly which was a tribute to him and his football knowledge.

“We’re glad to accept transfers like that because he came in and wanted to make an impact in the short time he had with us,” Strickland said. “I’d say what he did raised some eyebrows and drew
interest.”