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State's Top Ranked AAAAA Team Fort Dorchester Defeats Goose Creek 61-7

Joyner Leads Patriots With 360 Yards Of Total Offense As Fort Dorchester Dominates Goose Creek 61-7

By Billy G. Baker

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Goose CreekFort Dorchester (7-0) and South Carolina commitment Dakereon Joyner passed for 309 yards and two touchdowns and he added 51 more rushing yards, an a score, to help lead the top AAAAA ranked Patriots to a one-sided 61-7 win over Goose Creek (1-5)  Friday night.

“I know the final score looks awful tonight but I have a lot of respect for Chris Candor and his staff at Goose Creek and we were able to take advantage of a lot of their mistakes and we got a few breaks that helped us also,” said Fort Dorchester head coach Steve LaPrad. “I challenged our team to play a good game tonight and to prove just how good they can be and for the most part I was pleased with their effort. Goose Creek played hard and this score is no indication of their effort. I didn’t see any quit in them I can promise you.

“Dakereon is having a super year and he can flat tuck it and go when he needs to and I know Gamecock fans are excited about having him in their program next year. We have several players looking to go on to colleges next and I know that South Carolina is very interested in Justin Williams but he might have to go to junior college first. Some college is missing the boat on Raquan Simmons, number 14. He can flat fly and he is a gamer. I feel sure be is going to get an offer before the season is over.

Coach LePrad talked about linebacker Kenny Brown (6-3, 240) leaning towards West Virginia and offensive lineman Avery Snipes (6-3, 275) just committing to South Carolina State. Coach LaPrad also called junior linebacker Davon Gilmore (6-3, 230) a big prospect at linebacker also.  

“I am blessed to have a group of hard working kids who love to come to practice and we work very hard,” said Coach Leprad. “These kids do not hate coming to practice. They come to practice everyday with a smile on their face. We have a lot of players on this team who are headed for the next level I can promise you.

“We probably played our number one’s for a full three quarters tonight because we have to get them ready for our next three games with Ashley Ridge, West Ashley and Summerville,” said Coach LaPrad. “I was proud of the way our kids played tonight and even the reserves came in and played hard in the fourth quarter. We are looking forward to competing and playing hard the rest of the season.”

After the game Coach Candor commented, “We tried to compete throughout the football game but they are just a superior football team in terms of being bigger, stronger and faster then we are,” he said. “We tried hard and gave it our all, and we came up very short unfortunately. We made some mistakes, and made some plays, and had a lot of inconsistent play tonight.

“Our quarterback made several good runs tonight and we gave good effort for the most part,” said Coach Candor. “Hopefully, we can regroup and play better against Wando next week.

The Fort scored on the 5th play of the game on a 23 yard run by Drew Parker and missed the PAT to a 6-0 lead. Then Goose Creek fumble don their first game and the Patriots recovered at the 37. Nine plays later Joyner scored on a one yard run with 6:27 left in the opening period and the two point conversion failed and the Fort was up 12-0 right out of the gate.

Following a three an out short punt by the Gators,  Fort Dorchester mounted a six play 42 yard scoring drive with Parker scoring from three yards out with 4:22 left in the first period. Kobe Shelton’s PAT made it 19-0.

With 1:13 left in the first Johnathan Parker recovered a fumble and raced 47 yards to put the Fort up 26-0 after Shelton’s PAT.

Goose Creek’s most promising non-scoring drive of the night came at the start of the second period when the Gators started at their own 14 and marched all the way to the five 11 plays later when a fourth and one pass at the six went for an incompletion and the Patriots  took over on downs. On the 7th play of that drive Joyner hit a 69 yard bomb to Justin Williams for a score and the PAT made it 33-0 with 5:13 left in the half. The Fort made it 40-0 a two yard touchdown run by Parker with 2:49 left in the half and that was the score at halftime.

Goose Creek avoided a shut-out when quarterback Dijon Singleton tossed a 16 yard strike for a score to Kavon Suber in the waning seconds of the first half. Blake Ellington added the PAT as the Fort led 40-7 at the half.     

In the second half Fort Dorchester scored three more times on a 98 yard bomb from Joyner to senior receiver Chaz Jones, a seven yard run by Kalil Jenkins and a one yard run by Deandra Sabb.

 Goose Creek was led in rushing by Singleton who gained 69 yards on five carries and Dante Smith who gained 47 yards on 16 attempts. Singleton was six of 14 for 32 yards and one score. Suber led Gator receivers with three catches for 32 yards.

The Fort’s top rushers were Parker with 72 yards on seven carries and Kalil Jenkins who tallied 69 yards on 13 carries. Williams and Jones led Patriot receivers with 119 and 115 reception yards respectively.  

The top rushers for the Fort were Parker and Jenkins with 72 and 69 yards each and Deandra Smith added 39 yards on seven runs. Williams and Jones had 119 and 115 reception yards each in the game for the Fort. Joyner completed 15 of 22 passes on his way to a 309 yard passing game.


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