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A Look Inside The Chester Football Program With AAA Team Rankings

HSSR AAA Football Ranking

(As of October, 1)

1. Chapman

2. Dillon

3. Newberry

4. Gilbert

5. Chester

6. Broome

7. Walhalla

8. Pendleton

9. Powdersville

10. Brookland-Cayce

11. Manning

12. Bluffton

13. Bishop England

14. Fairfield Central

15. Seneca

16. Emerald

17. Palmetto

18. Strom Thurmond

19. Timberland

20. Hanahan


Could 5th Ranked Chester Be A “Cinderella” In AAA If Top Rated Chapman & Dillon Slip In Playoffs?

By Billy G. Baker


Chester—In the AAA classification, Chapman and Dillon remain ranked one-two with undefeated records, but a Cinderella could be looming with 5th ranked Chester (6-1) being the top scoring offense in the league (so far) with 311 points.

“We are just trying to get better each week and not get ahead of the schedule,” said 25 year coaching veteran Victor Floyd who came back to Chester for his second stint three years ago, following a seven year move to Brunswick, Ga, where his team’s won two region titles. Coach Floyd has won just one region title at Chester in 2007. When the Cyclones host Fairfield Central on October, 20th the region title will likely be on the line.

“We went 9-3 last year and we have 18 or so starters back, so we felt like this season could be very special,” said Coach Floyd. “We lost our quarterback (John Erby) at half-time in our season opener with Westwood and we were leading 23-16 at the half, when Erby had to go to the hospital for an I-V. We threw a freshman in the game at quarterback and he wasn’t ready for the situation. When we lost John we also lost our kicker and punter and we were hoping to get a late field goal and send it into overtime but that didn’t work out.”

Since the Westwood loss at the start of the season, the Cyclones are 6-0 having earned a second straight win over foe Lancaster earlier in the season. Just last week they won a thriller over Indian Land, 35-34 with highly rated junior running back  Pha’leak Brown (5-10, 190) out with a shoulder injury. Brown has a 3.6 GPA and his father is a Harvard graduate.

“We are going to hold him (Brown) out this week against Columbia too so we can make sure the shoulder heals properly,” said Coach Floyd. “Brown has never had over 20 touches in any one game and he is just now coming into his own. We close out the season with games against Camden and Fairfield Central so we are hoping he is ready for those games.”

Coach Floyd said Brown is very talented. “He is built low with a good center of gravity and he is getting a ton of interest from numerous colleges,” said Coach Floyd. “He is really strapped on solid. Schools like South Carolina, Maryland, Virginia Tech, Georgia Tech and Cincinnati are keeping in touch and Cincy is about to offer.”

Erby, offered by Presbyterian and Harvard with a 4.7 GPA, has completed 74 of 118 passes for 1,008 yards and 15 touchdowns. His top two targets have been receivers Quay Hardin with 19 catches for 302 yards and six touchdowns along with T.J. Hollis who has 19 catches for 351 yards and five scores. Erby has also ran well when needed gaining 470 yards on 81 carries and adding 7 rushing touchdowns.

Stan Mills has filled in well at running back with Brown out and he has 348 yards on 47 carries and 7 touchdowns to date. Against Lancaster Mills had 125 yards on 15 carries and two touchdowns.  

On defense freshman linebacker Javonti Jackson has been a pleasant surprise and he leads the team in tackles with 77, including five sacks. Freshman linebacker Octavia Mintor (6-1, 200) has 50 tackles and junior strong safety Doren Bagley (5-11, 170) is second in tackles with 69. Senior linebacker Ladarius Foster has 65 stops and Hardin flips from offense to claim 39 tackles in the secondary.

Chester employs a 3-5-3 defense and the front people all interchange up-front led by sophomore Teddy Murphy, sophomore Quay Evans (6-1, 240) and senior Daryl Lowery the team’s sack leader with six. The offensive line consists of tackles Wyatt Tunall (6-5, 250) and freshman Jordan Allen (6-1, 265) along with guards Keith Boyd (6-0, 230) and Daniel Elkins (6-1, 270). The center is Montez Hall (5-9, 235).

 “We know we have to stay focused and not give away any games like we did last year against Fairfield-Central,” said Coach Floyd. “We were up 21-7 at one point in that game and things fell apart after we snapped the ball over our punter’s head. We just hope to keep improving from week-to-week and see what happens.”




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