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Hancock football coach resigns

June 09, 1999|By BILL STERNER / Staff Correspondent

HANCOCK - Steve Campbell will soon know the long and short of the high school football business.

Campbell, the head coach at Hancock High School for the last six seasons, has resigned as coach and athletic director and accepted the head coaching job at Southern Garrett, Hancock principal Robert Myers confirmed Wednesday.

"Coach Campbell has done a good job at our school as both the head football coach and athletic director," Myers said. "He is leaving our football program on solid ground and the kids he has coached have gone on to do good things."

Campbell said the most striking difference between the two schools is in the number of players available to fill the roster. Hancock, the smallest public school in the state to field a football team, struggles most years to keep 20 players on its roster. The Panthers have been unable to field a junior varsity program that could play a full season the last few years.

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He does not foresee such a problem at Southern Garrett, one of the state's largest Class A schools. The Rams consistently boast a healthy junior varsity and freshman program and field a full varsity roster.

However, being short of personnel has not deterred the Panthers from making its presence felt on the state football scene.

Last season, fullback Sam Hess, bound for Shepherd College in the fall, rushed for a state record 446 yards on 28 carries against St. James. Campbell's 1997 backfield tandem of Hess and Jeremy Dobrzanski each topped the 1,000-yard milestone. And the defensive unit of the 1995 Panthers shut out four opponents.

Campbell's six-year record at Hancock was 12-48. The Panthers were 4-6 in 1995 and 1997.

"He took our program in a positive direction," Myers said. "It gives us something to build on."

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