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Hurricanes on mission to meet Hammond again

By David Shelton
Senior Writer

James Island – Having proved they belong on the biggest stage of SCISA Class AAA football, the First Baptist Hurricanes are aiming to take their 2018 season to the highest level.
First Baptist has made the jump from AA to AAA this fall after winning back-to-back Class AA state championships. Some may have wondered if the program was ready for such a leap but the Hurricanes have laid all doubts to rest.
Entering an October 5th game against winless Pinewood Prep, the Hurricanes have won five of their first six games this season. The lone defeat came to two-time defending state AAA champion Hammond by a 28-21 final score. It was First Baptist’s first real test in AAA after winning their first two league games easily.
The Hurricanes, and head coach Johnny Waters, may have learned a lot about themselves in the loss to Hammond and now know what they must do to compete for a state championship. It’s almost a certainty that Hammond will be in the state finals. First Baptist wants to be the team on the other sideline in that contest.
To do that, the Hurricanes can’t slip up along the way. They should be favored in their remaining games of this season, at least heading into the regular season finale with rival Porter-Gaud. The winner of that game might well secure the number two seed in the playoff bracket, opposite of Hammond.
First Baptist opened the season with a 35-7 win over Bishop England, followed by a 41-0 thrashing of Burke. In their first AAA league game, the Hurricanes easily beat Wilson Hall, 70-3, and handled Ben Lippen, 45-7, before their loss to Hammond.
The Hurricanes picked up a crucial win at Laurence Manning, beat last year’s AAA runner-up, 26-7. The schedule will close out with games against Heathwood Hall, Augusta Christian and Porter-Gaud.
Senior running back Michel Dukes continues to put up big numbers this fall. Dukes, who gained more than 4,000 yards in the last two seasons, has rushed for 933 yards and 16 touchdowns through six games, all on just 79 attempts.
Junior Myron Wigfall has been solid at quarterback, completing 49 of 89 attempts for 731 yards and seven touchdowns. Tylan Major’s 19 receptions for 268 yards leads the team, but Sincere Brown has nine catches for 252 yards and three touchdowns.
Leaders up front have been seniors Chip Becude and Matt Harrelson.
Linebacker Jackson Watson leads the defense with 58 tackles while Ross Greenhill has 53 total hits. Don McNeil has 40 tackles and Xavion Washington has 39 hits in six games.

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