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Jefferson Davis Travels To Rival Andrew Jackson Academy, Raiders Defeat Palmetto Athletic Club

 

By Billy G. Baker

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Blackville—It has been since 2012 that Jefferson Davis Academy last defeated Andrew Jackson Academy in the sport of football but their 42-8 win over the Providence Athletic Club in their season opener has created an air of confidence over the Raiders moving on into the season.

“This weeks game is certainly a rivalry and it would mean a lot to win the game but it is not going to make or break our season either way,” said JDA head coach Michael Tindall. “It is not a measuring stick as to what can happen the rest of the season is my point. It’s a huge game for us don’t get me wrong but we have a long season ahead of us and our goal is top play our best and improve each week.

“They still like to pound the ball at you and stopping Bailey Ackerman on the dive play is key to us stopping them,” said Coach Tindall. “They have won 27 straight games because they are well coached and have good talent. We know we will be challenged this week.

“We have come 360 degrees full circle since this time last year. We as coaches and players have better attitudes, and we as coaches have more discipline this year and things just seem to matter more. We are like a team on a mission.

“We have more team speed this season and we are able to get to the outside and make long runs,” said Coach Tindall. “We are a vastly improved football team.”

Last week junior running back Jimmy Bozard led the team in rushing with 186 net yards and three touchdowns on runs of 86, 53, and 55 yards. Senior quarterback Wyatt Brant completed 7 of 18 passes for 190 yards and three touchdowns. He had a 49 yard scoring reception to Nick Darnell, a 10 yard scoring pass to Bozard, and then a 45 yard scoring toss to Chance Morris.

“We came out flat in the first half last week and the score was 12-8 at the half and they had run 50 plays to our 11 and our defense was gassed,” said Coach Tindall. “We stressed better execution and change up some of the blocking assignments at half-time that worked out better for us in the second half.”

The leading tacklers on defense against PAC were Bozard who had 9 tackles from his linebacker slot and Trent Jamison contributed 8 tackles as an outside linebacker.

Other defensive starters last week included Hunter Beach at nose guard with Samuel Fredrick and Tyler Renew holding down the end spots. Lance Ray joined Bozard and Jamison at the linebacking slots and the safeties were Darnell and Morris.

The other offensive starters in the line were center Dalton Beasley, guards Hunter Beach and Renew with Bozard at running back and Brant at quarterback. The three receivers were Morris, Frederick and Darnell.

Additional players contributing include OL/DL Paul Bazzle, 8th grade nose Garrison Owens (6-6,300), Jeremy Davis a WR-FS, Carson Wilds a OL-DL, Al Kinard a WR/FS and sophomore OL/NG Dustin Sandifer.

 

Jefferson Davis Volleyball Working Towards Making The Playoffs

By Billy G. Baker

Publisher

Blackville—Having graduated six key players from a volleyball team at Jefferson Davis that went 10-2 in the region last year, head coach Bart Owens begins his 12th season with the goal of building steady improvement from match to match.

“Certainly we hope to improve and be playing our best volleyball towards the end of October when the playoffs take place in Myrtle Beach, and making the playoffs is certainly a goal of ours.” said Coach Owens. “Sometimes your goals are debatable with an inexperienced team but your expectations can always be focused on making the playoffs.”

The team has tri-senior captains in third year starter Anna Beth Morgan, six year player Bethany Stokes, and 6-1 middle blocker Karrie Atkins who is strong at the net.

“Anna Beth plays the right side and she is our setter and does a good job serving and she has great hands,” said Coach Owens. “Bethany is our outside hitter and blocker and she is a very good passer, good floor leader and all-around good player. Karrie can serve the ball anywhere and she is a great blocker.”

Other starters include junior middle blocker Becca Fogle who is in her third year on the team. Sophomore Kierston Phillips is very athletic and a good outside hitter in his first year as a starter. Emma Tinsley is a first year starter at setter and freshman middle blocker Caroline Robinson starts a lot also.

Other key contributors include freshman defensive specialist Abbie Grace Weeks, senior outside hitter Hanna Wise, senior defensive specialist Erin Weeks, junior middle blocker Megan Garvin and sophomore right side player Abbey Siegler.

The team’s first official match took place on August, 22 against Mead Hall, the SCISA state runner-up last year.

“We had a lot of unforced errors in the matches with Mead Hall and we made a bunch of mistakes that we need to work on correcting.” Said Coach Owens. “We still have a lot of work to do,”

During the week of August, 28 the Raiders have matches with Faith Christian, Colleton Prep and Holly Hill Academy.

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