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Sam Lovell will continue his football career at Maryville College in Tennessee.

WHS sports: Lineman Sam Lovell will play at the next level

By Roger Greene
Coastal Observer

With an eye on a future in teaching and coaching, Waccamaw senior Sam Lovell has committed to Maryville College in Tennessee. Lovell has been an anchor on the Warriors offensive line for the last two years, and is also getting time on the defensive front this season.

Waccamaw coach Tyronne Davis lauded Lovell for his work ethic and team-oriented approach and says the 6-foot-1, 245-pound senior will bring those same attributes to the next level.

“Sam is a quiet leader,” Davis said. “He sets an example through his hard work and how dedicated he is to the team. He wanted to have the opportunity to play college football. And he worked to make that happen.”

Division III Maryville is a member of the USA South Atlantic Conference. The Scots are 6-1 overall and 4-0 in the conference.

“I liked the atmosphere with the school and the team,” Lovell said. “The coaches and players made me feel like they wanted me to be a part of the program.”

As is the case at Waccamaw, Lovell will be in the trenches at Maryville. He believes the offensive front is a more natural position, but he has also enjoyed learning the defensive side.

“I’m more used to playing offense because that is what I’ve done the most,” Lovell said. “But I wouldn’t have a problem [moving to defense]. Whatever they want me to do, I will.”

“Sam is the type of kid that will do what the coaches ask,” Davis said. “He plays a lot for us on the offensive line, but when we needed him to get some reps on defense, he was ready to go. He puts the team first and that’s one of the things you want to see as a coach.”

Lovell considers himself to be a student of the game. He is hopeful of one day being able to help others pursue their love of the game.

“I like the strategy and all that goes with the game,” Lovell said. “I want to stay involved even after I’m done playing.”

Lovell plans to major in history at Maryville.

“I like learning about the people and all that has happened,” Lovell said. “My favorite subject used to be math, but I’ve [found] that real people and real events are more interesting than numbers.”

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