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Bailey’s Bruins weapon

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LHS glad for talented seniors return

By Robert Howey

 

Lancaster High School football coach Bobby Collins is pleased with Dre Bailey’s play.

He will be even happier when Bailey, an ace receiver-running back-kick return specialist, will return to the Bruins.

Bailey, who played middle and B-team football in Lancaster before transferring to nearby Lewisville High School in Chester County, returned to the Bruins for his senior campaign and has made a quick impact.

He was going strong for LHS until three weeks ago in a home game with Central High of Pageland when Bailey injured a hamstring and has been out of action.

Prior to the injury, Bailey was going strong with 177 yards in 12 carries, a 14.7-yard average, and two touchdowns.

In his last game, Bailey ran for 96 yards in four gives and tallied on runs of 20 and 59 yards.

In LHS’s 20-6 road win over Richland Northeast in week two, Bailey supplied a key kickoff return to open the second half to spark the Bruins to the 14-point road win.

“Dre is a tremendous athlete and an offensive weapon for us,” Collins said. “Before spring practice and the chance to see him on the field, I had heard a lot about him. Once we got out there and put on the pads for live action, it didn’t take long for me to see what I had heard was true. He’s a player and we hope to get him back soon.”

Bailey does, too.

“I’m not used to sitting on the sidelines,” Bailey said. “I want to help the team and it hurts.”

Bailey’s injury came in the Bruins’ 26-7 win over the CHS Eagles in week three.

“I was running the ball and tried to cut behind a block and that’s when I injured my hamstring,” Bailey said. “I love playing and I’m ready to get back.”

No matter the situation, Bailey is glad he came back to LHS.

“I wanted to finish playing where I started and be with the ones I played with,” he said. “Here, we have people who want to go to the next level and I like being around them.

“I also feel it’s more like family,” Bailey said. “I have more support from my family and I missed that at Lewisville.”

Bailey hopes he can take his game to the next level.

“I like Coastal,” he said. “I like their program, the coaches and the attitude, and it’s at the beach, but I’ll go any place I can play.”

Bailey added he’s grateful for the LHS coaching staff.

“I really like coach Collins,” Bailey said. “He’s honest, a man of his word. Coach Collins pushes us, but the way he does, he makes it fun.

“In the past, I really didn’t like lifting weights, but the way he and the coaches approach it, they make it fun,” Bailey said.

“Dre’s work in the weight room and on the track have made him a better player,” Collins said. “We say this often, but it’s true. Dre allows himself to be coached and become a better player.”

Bailey added he hopes the Bruins can produce in their Region III-AAA opener at CHS tonight.

“It’s our first region game and we need it to make the playoffs,” Bailey said. It’s a chance to make a statement.

“We’ve watched a lot of film on Chester this week and I think we have a good game plan,” he said. “I feel we can pull it out.

“We just have to go and execute our game plan and play the way we’re coached,” he said. “That’s the key and why we’ve been able to achieve success this season.”