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Wardlaw High School


By: Gerald Doolittle

Johnston, S.C. -The Wardlaw Academy Patriots of Coach Mark Rodgers are all set to defend their 2016 SCISA Division One 8-Man Championship as they have completed a 10-0 regular 2017 season.

The Patriots have used an explosive offense to subdue every opponent this season. They have won their games by an average score of 58-7. They have outscored the opposition 577-69.

Will Padgett (jr) has led the explosive ground attack with 1566 yards rushing on 137 carries for 25 touchdowns. From the quarterback position, Britt Gossett (sr) has rushed for 526 yards on 56 carries for 20 touchdowns. Seth Daniels (sr) has added 411 yards on 51 carries for 5 touchdowns.

Chandler Johnson (jr) has 255 yards on 15 carries for 7 touchdowns. He is followed by Bailey Goldman (jr) with 188 yards on 22 carries for 4 touchdowns and Mason Burgess (so) has added 65 yards on 7 carries for 1 touchdown.

Quarterback Gossett has completed 33 of 48 passes for 625 yards for 9 touchdowns. His top receiver has been brother Reid Gossett (so) for 213 yards on 9 receptions for 3 touchdowns. Johnson has 10 receptions for 140 yards and 1 touchdown. Padgett has 115 yards on 4 receptions for 1 touchdown.

Burgess, Zach Berry (jr) and Parker Lily (sr) all have receiving yards of 73, 67 and 53 yards. Burgess has 2 touchdown receptions and Lily has 3 touchdown receptions.

As a team the Patriots have rushed for 3001 yards on 289 carries for 62 touchdowns. The Passing game has completed 35 of 53 passes for 661 yards for 10 touchdowns. The Patriots have converted 55 of 73 two- point conversions and have kicked 3 of 4 PATs. The Patriot offense has only 7 turnovers for the season.

The Patriot defense has been a mighty weapon all season in setting up the offense after forcing turnovers. They have 12 pass intercepts with 2 returned for touchdowns. They have recovered 20 fumbles of which 3 were returned for touchdowns.

Reid Gossett has 7 interceptions and 1 fumble recovery along with 30 tackles. One of the intercepts went for a touchdown. Burgess has 4 interceptions and 2 fumble recoveries. He has scored an interception touchdown and a fumble return for a touchdown.

Caleb Kemp (sr) leads the defense with 109 tackles and 3 fumble recoveries. One of the fumbles went for a touchdown. Sanford Satcher (sr) has 101 tackles and 2 fumble recoveries. Parker Lily has 48 tackles and 3 recoveries. Goldman has 40 tackles with 2 recoveries. Berry has 44 tackles with 2 recoveries.

Peyton Lily (fr) has 31 tackles and 2 recoveries and Daniels has 31 tackles with 2 recoveries.

 The Patriots will open defense of their 2016 title against the Cathedral Academy Generals. Wardlaw will be going for their ninth football championship in history.




© 2017 High School Sports Report

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