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In SCISA 8-Man Looks Like Andrew Jackson Academy's Dynasty Will Not Be Slowed Down In 2020


By: Gerald Doolittle

Goose Creek, S.C.-The big question for the SCISA 8-Man Football season is can anyone end the Andrew Jackson Academy five- year dynasty?  The Warriors have only suffered two defeats in their last 67 games.  The last loss came in the 2018 title game to Beaufort Academy and before that Richard Winn broke a then 37 game win streak in the 2014 Semi-finals.

The Warriors are off to a 4-0 start to the 2020 season where they have outscored their opponents 210-50.   That is an average of 53-12 per game.  The Warriors are blessed with five power runners who through the first three games tallied 15 touchdowns.

Jonathon Schaffer (jr) in the first three games rushed for 319 yards for 3 touchdowns.  Chase Carson (jr) has rushed for 183 yards for 1 touchdown.  Carson Cone (jr) has rushed for 182 yards for 5 touchdowns.

Quarterback Calin Brunson (jr) has rushed for 148 yards for 5 touchdowns and completed 16 of 20 passes for 323 yards and 4 touchdowns.  Reese Donehue (so) has rushed for 142 yards for 1 touchdown.

Cone has led the Warrior defense with 31 tackles followed by Schaffer with 22. The next tier of defensive leaders has been Kevin Barnes (sr) with 12 tackles followed by T. Cook (sr) with 12 and Carson with 9.

Following Andrew Jackson in Region Two is the Holly Hill Raiders with a 4-0 record.  The Raiders are fresh off a 68-20 win over previously unbeaten Patrick Henry.  In that game they rushed for 519 yards on 40 carries behind the offensive line of Dyson Dantzler, Ramsey Norris and Carter Judy.

The offensive leaders for Holly Hill in that game was Zach Pelloni with 288 yards on 17 carries for 4 touchdowns.  Marion Breland had 17 carries for 202 yards and 3 touchdowns.  Perrin Breland had a reception for a 38-yard touchdown.

The Patrick Henry Patriots currently are in third place in Region Two after their loss to Holly Hill with a 3-1 record.   The Patriots are sparked by a fast power running offense.

After four games the Patriot running game has been led by John Griner (jr) with 315 yards on 29 carries for 4 touchdowns.  Austin Cone (jr) is next with 274 yards on 50 carries for 3 touchdowns.. 

Quarterback Zack Mathis (jr) has rushed for 216 yards on 22 carries for 5 touchdowns.  He also has completed 9 of 22 passes for 244 yards for 3 touchdowns.    Peyton Ayer (sr) has rushed for 187 yards on 44 carries for 2 touchdowns.    Griner has also been the top receiver with 130 yards on 7 receptions.

The Patriot defense has five players with over 20 tackles.  Leading the way with 25 tackles is Carter Rivers (jr) followed by Cone with 24 and Josh Meyer (sr) with 21.  Griner and Ayer has 20 tackles each.

The Clarendon Hall Saints will be fighting for the fourth- place seed from Region Two with Cathedral, Conway Christian and Faith Christian.

The Saints attack will be built around seniors Avery Goff and Michael Josey.  The seniors will be supported by juniors Nathan Carlise, Colt Gibbons, Christian Higbe, Brantley Hodge, Kylic Horton, Jacob Ingram, Aiden Ragland and Jon McIntosh.

The Richard Winn Academy Eagles coach by Paul Brigman are off to 4-0 start in Region One with hopes of bringing home their first title since 2014.

The Eagles attack will be fired by the eleven seniors that have been playing as a group since ninth grade.  The Eagles have outscored their opponents 195-6 so far in 2020.

The Eagle power offense will be led by Quarterback Zack Taylor (sr), running backs B. Baker (jr) and Joey Banister (sr).  Wide Receivers are Dru Caldwell (sr) and Gavin Douglas (sr).  John Russell (sr) is the Tight End.

Left Guard is Marshall Gibbons(sr) and the Right Guard is Sammie Banister (sr).  Sam Clyburn (sr) is the center and Dru Caldwell (sr) is the place kicker.

The Laurens Academy Crusaders and Wardlaw Academy Patriots will battle for second and third place in the region.   W.W.King and Jefferson  Davis will battle for the fourth place seed.

The Crusaders (2-2) attack is being led by the nine seniors on the team.  That group is led by Thomas Lowry (Qb), Jonas Smith (WR/DB), Nicholas Rita (TE/LB), Judson Wadkins (QB/LB), Carson Venable (OL/DL), Zachary Mullinax (OL/DL), Hunter Mullinax (OL/DL), Caio Rita (WR/DB) and Reles Littleton (OL/DL).

The seniors are supported by juniors Will Jones (TE/DE), Cal Robertson (WR/DB), Dimitri Wells (OL/DL) and Diamonte Grant (WR/DE).

The Wardlaw Patriots (2-2) have been led on offense by Sam Mitchell (sr) who has rushed for 498 yards on 89 carries for 5 touchdowns.  Addison Faust (fr) has added 135 yards on 27 carries for 1 touchdown.   John Satcher (jr) has rushed for 93 yards on 26 carries  and Grayson Gore (sr) has rushed for 83 yards on 10 carries.   Satcher from the quarterback slot has completed 14 of 27 passes for 199 yards for 2 touchdowns.

The Patriot defense has been led by Peyton Lilly with 45 tackles.   Mitchell follows with 31 followed by Jon Donwen (jr) with 29.  Jesse Cleveland (fr) has 27 and William Pruett (jr) has 21.

The W.W.King Knights are a young team built around six sophomores, three juniors and two seniors.   Finishing out the roster are five freshmen and one eighth grader.

The offense was being led by John Roy (jr) until he had a season ending injury in the second game of the season at Patrick Henry.   He had rushed for 208 yards on 22 carries for 3 touchdowns when he suffered a broken collarbone in the third quarter.

After Roy went down the offense is being anchored by the sophomore triplet brothers Collin, Carson and Colby Woodward.  Collin from his quarterback slot has rushed for 142 yards on 53 carries for one touchdown.  Carson has rushed for 113 yards on 41 carries for one touchdown and Colby has rushed the ball 13 times for 23 yards.

So far, the Knight defense is ahead of the offense in maturing.  Clayton Turner (so) leads the defense with 70 tackles.  Colby Woodward follows with 44.  Trevor Fulmer (jr) and Carson Woodward has 32 each.  Drake Amick (so) has 29 followed by Phillip Gross (sr) and Tripp Richardson (jr) with 18 each.

Palmetto Christian (3-0), Northside Christian (2-1) and Charleston Collegiate (2-2) are playing 8-Man schedules and are not playing for the title.


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