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Bobcats take strong season into the state playoffs

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Lake City – After a solid 7-3 regular season, the Carolina Academy football team extended their 2018 season into the SCISA Class A state playoffs.

The Bobcats opened the playoffs with a 42-22 win over Colleton Prep, advancing to the semi-final game of the Class A bracket against Thomas Heyward Academy on November 9. Thomas Heyward is the top-ranked team in Class A with an 11-0 record and averages over 47 points per game this season. The Rebels average nearly 400 rushing yards per game.

Carolina Academy head coach TJ Joye realizes his team faces a daunting challenge but feels they are up to the task.

“They’re very good, no doubt about it,” Joye said. “They are a very experienced team with a lot of seniors and they sort of felt this would be their year. We have our work cut out for us but I think we match up pretty well. I think if we can play our best, we will have a shot to win it. But it will take our best game of the season. We can’t turn the ball over and we have to tackle.”

Turnovers have been an issue in the games Carolina lost during the regular season.

“When we don’t turn it over, we’re pretty dang good,” Joye said. “We have to take care of the football. It’s that simple really. We have a chance if we can keep the ball and score touchdowns. We have some good talent on this team. When they are clicking, they are good.”

Senior running back Tyson Brand is putting together a solid season after missing several games early on. Brand has rushed for more than 900 yards in about seven full games.

Senior quarterback Shay Hall has added more than 600 yards on the ground.

Defensively, linebacker Mac Timmons is the leading tackler with more than 90 total hits. Tyrese McCray and Jeremiah Brunson have more than 70 tackles with Brunson leading the team in sacks with eight.

Matthew Joye has four interceptions from his cornerback spot. Austin Brown has three interceptions.

Girls tennis advances to semi-finals

The Carolina Academy girls tennis team had another strong season, winning a conference title and advancing to the SCISA Class AA semi-finals. The season ended with a 6-0 loss to eventual state champion Hilton Head Prep.

For the season, freshman Grace Weaver played the number one singles position and junior Elizabeth Askins seeded in the second singles spot. Eighth-grader Meg McDaniel played three single and freshman Emma Hunt was in the fourth singles slot. Eighth-grader Mary Cameron played five singles and freshman Lake Killman played number six.

Sophie Askins was the lone senior on the team this fall. Junior Ava Palmer also played some singles and doubles. The final record was 8-4 with six matches cancelled during the bad weather issues.

The junior varsity team finished with a 5-1 record this season. The roster had three freshmen – Madison Franks, Payton Brown and Maggie Long. Ashlee Matthews and Emily Palmer were eighth-graders and Esther Campbell was a seventh-grader.

Sixth-graders on the team included Caroline Cockfield, Casey Graham, Maggie Hunt, Allie Keith Coker, Hannah Palmer and Kennedy Fulton. Rounding out the roster were fifth-graders Savannah McCutcheon, Blythe Smith and Carlie Anne Smith.

Volleyball posts winning record

The Carolina Academy volleyball team posted a 10-6 record overall and a 5-4 mark in region play during the regular season. The team advanced to the SCISA state tournament as well.

Senior leaders this fall were Madison Lee, Morgan Martin and Laura Kelly Cook. The juniors on the team were Jamie Epps, Tatum Cox, Vandi Timmons and Lara Abuata.

Rounding out the team were freshmen Gracen Bradly, Anna Grace Bradly, and Cassie McLean.

The junior varsity team finished with a 4-8 record overall this season. The team had two sophomores – Logan Hanna and India McClam. Eighth-graders were Maggie Johnson and Clare Floyd. Seventh-graders included Jailyn Edwards, Katelyn Barr, Zyniah McClam, Gabby Hewitt and Marylynn Morris.

Rounding out the roster this season were sixth-grader Jacqueline Chen, and fifth-graders Alaina Altman and Katelyn Harrell.

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