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Cavaliers still going strong in SCISA AA playoffs

By Justin Driggers

Consulting Editor

Bishopville – Despite dropping three games in region play to finish off the regular season 7-3, Robert E. Lee Academy head coach David Rankin wasn’t too upset heading into the SCISA AA playoffs.

If nothing else, playing in those types of games prepared them for what was to come in the postseason, he said.

“We played in a very tough region – a very physical region with a lot of wishbone, power-running teams,” Rankin said. “We’re not very big and that hurt us a little, but that’s no excuse because we’ve got to play better.

“We just have to get after it a little bit and see what happens. I’ve been very pleased with the effort, though.”

He was very pleased with the team’s effort against No. 1 seed Hilton Head Prep. The Cavs pulled off a 39-26 upset victory and will travel to John Paul II on Nov. 9 with a berth in the state championship game on the line.

Quarterback Jett Smith had two passing touchdowns while Jacob Baker, Hunter McGee, Keaton Price and Matt Johnson also scored for the Cavs, who improved to 8-3. REL is outscoring opponents 339-238 this season.

“The least amount of points we’ve scored all season has been 19 (against Florence Christian), so we feel pretty good about the offense,” Rankin said. “We were young on the offensive line to begin the season, but I feel like we’ve gotten better and our two quarterbacks and running backs have played well.”

Josh Eubanks, Dylan Dubose and Shelton Baird were among the ones that have stepped up across the line, he added.

Smith and Price have been solid at both the quarterback and running back roles at times this year along with receivers Jordan Hodge, Drew Watson and Matthew Johnson.

On defense, Christian Olsen, Hunter McGee and Bryce Watts have been among the top playmakers this year, Rankin said.

“I feel good about where we’re at,” he said. “We’ve gotten better in a lot of areas and now we just have to continue to play well and tackle well in the playoffs.”

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