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'We stand by our brothers': Swansea players, coaches remain focused on season despite Wright's dismissal

Eric Pack stands with players before they run sprints at practice at Doug Bennett Stadium. (Source: WIS) Eric Pack stands with players before they run sprints at practice at Doug Bennett Stadium. (Source: WIS)

Ahead of the upcoming school year, Swansea High is undergoing some major changes on campus.

With construction equipment on site, crews are renovating areas around the high school to make the campus better. Similarly, the Swansea football team has also seen major change occur within their program. In June, head coach Greg Wright was fired from his position after reports of improperly handling of a heat-related injury surfaced.

Since then, Eric Pack has stepped in as the interim head coach to replace the former Gamecock and lead the program. While the change was sudden, it hasn’t changed what the Tigers hope to accomplish this season.

“Our main goal is always building Swansea football tradition,” Pack said. “At any pace, that’s what we’re going to keep doing at all times.”

Pack, a former Swansea football assistant who also serves as the Tigers' wrestling coach, was announced as the team’s interim head coach by the district in July. Since then, the Tigers have gotten back to business. With goals of winning a region title and making the playoffs on their checklist, the seniors on the team have worked to ensure their teammates remain focused.

“We try to keep it even keel,” said senior cornerback and wide receiver Dante Williams. “I know we have a lot of lows at times. At the same times, we’ve got a lot of highs. We just try to tell them to keep buying in and just keep trusting the process so we can do special things here.”

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For some, the transition has been easy. For some, the transition hasn't been quite as seamless as expected. 

“It’s pretty tough,” said Tigers senior linebacker Gregory Williams. “When you’ve been with a coach for years, you build a bond and he’s kind of like a second father to you. So, it’s been kind of tough on us, but we’re here and we stand by our brothers. We’ll come together and we’re going to go through this-this year.”

With such an immediate change taking place, the players have received the support of the community to keep them going.  

“We have so much support from the community,” said Dante Williams. “We have the best community out here. We’ve had community meetings. They talked about what we wanted. The community is all in for us.”

With Pack at the helm for a month now, the Tigers now prepare to open the season in Week Zero at Doug Bennett Stadium against Lower Richland. Winning that game for them is the first step to accomplishing all the goals they’ve set for themselves.

“We just have to stay together,” Greg Williams said. “We’ve all played since we were young. We played county ball. We’ve always been there for each other and we know how we all play. When we feel like that person’s not doing what we know they can do, we’re going to get on them and make sure they’re doing right. We say we want to go deep and all that. We’re going to have to play together and make sure we’re all there for each other.”

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