Darius Lewis

Darius Lewis plays for the Socastee Braves.

Darius Lewis prides himself on his calm demeanor.

“No matter how the game is going — it could be up, it could be down — I think I keep a level head through it all,” Socastee’s senior quarterback said. “My leadership is also a really big part of my game. I’ve always been taught if you show that you are down and you’re a leader on the team, then your team is going to be down right behind you.”

The Braves certainly need some encouragement.

After a 1-7 campaign last fall, they are looking to right the ship. Lewis was the backup quarterback a year ago, and interim coach Marty Jacobs is looking to him to lead the charge this season.

“Darius is throwing the ball well in our 7-on-7s,” Jacobs said over the summer. “He’s continuing to learn the offense. He basically waited his turn. He’s a mix between a runner and a passer.”

Despite Socastee’s struggles in recent years, Lewis remains optimistic about the Braves’ season and his role in it. The team has a new offensive look — triple-option — and a different approach to the season.

“Our team is a lot younger this year, so we’re trying to build a new culture as the new team is rising up,” Lewis said. “It’s just been trying to rebuild a whole different team.”

—Reporter Ian Guerin contributed to this story.

Contact Charles D. Perry at 843-488-7236

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