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First Baptist inches closer to third straight title game

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

James Island – Having won the last two SCISA Class AA state titles, the First Baptist football program eagerly accepted the move to Class AAA this fall.

The Hurricanes were the dominant program in AA the last two seasons and needed a challenge. The move to AAA has gone easier than some expected as First Baptist lost just one game during the regular season – that to defending AAA state champion and perennial powerhouse Hammond School.

That 28-21 loss gave the Hurricanes confidence that they had enough to contend with Hammond. The Hurricanes committed five turnovers in the game and feel like a rematch could be different.

If First Baptist can get by Porter-Gaud for a second time this season, they would get that opportunity.

First Baptist hosts Porter-Gaud on November 9th with the winner advancing to the state championship game on November 17 at Benedict College. The Hurricanes had very little problem with Porter-Gaud a few weeks ago, winning the game, 38-16. First Baptist won its playoff opener against Ben Lippen, 38-7.

Senior running back Michel Dukes anchors the team offensively. Despite sitting out the second-half of several games, Dukes has still managed to rush for more than 1,800 yards and 29 touchdowns.

Junior Myron Wigfall has gained confidence at quarterback and has passed for more than 1,500 yards and 16 touchdowns. Receivers Tylan Major and Sincere Brown each have more than 500 receiving yards.

The defense is led by senior linebacker Jackson Watson with nearly 100 tackles. Senior end Xavion Washington and linebacker Ross Greenhill also are key leaders defensively.

In other fall sports, the swim teams competed in the SCISA AAA state meet in October. The girls team placed sixth in the team standings while the boys placed seventh.

Eliza Smith was a solid performer in the state meet, finishing third in the 100-yard butterfly and sixth in the 100-yard backstroke.

Maggie Madden was sixth in the 100-yard freestyle and seventh in the 50 free.

Burk Arrendondo led the boys effort with a second-place finish in the 100-yard breaststroke and a third-place in the 100-yard freestyle. Rhame Honeycutt finished seventh in the breaststroke finals.

Members of the cross country program competed in the SCISA state meet as well. First Baptist’s top runner was Trey Hunt, who finished 17th overall.

 

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