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Despite loss in finals, 2017 season a magical ride for Baptist Hill


By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Hollywood – While it may not have ended as well as the fans, coaches and players might have liked, the 2017 football season was nonetheless a magical ride for the Baptist Hill football program.

The Bobcats advanced to their first-ever state championship game this fall, losing to Lamar, 74-46, in the highest scoring state championship game in state history. The loss capped off an 11-2 season that captured the hearts and souls of the small community. This year’s team did things that will likely never be done at the school.

Baptist Hill head coach Marion Brown takes a lot of pride in his program being the first in Charleston County to reach the state finals since Stall advanced to the AAA championship game in 1991.

“For sure, we are disappointed that we came up short of our ultimate goal but losing in the finals cannot take away from what these kids accomplished this season,” Brown said. “This football team was amazing. It all started in May and these kids never lost focus of their goals. I’m very honored to be their coach. They set a great example for the future kids coming up on how to act on and off the field.”

Leading the way for the Bobcats this season was the record-setting senior quarterback Corey Fields. Fields may have set the standard so high that no future player will be able to match his accomplishments.

Fields passed for 4,165 yards and 56 touchdowns in 2017, while adding another 883 yards and nine touchdowns on the ground. His 5,048 total yards and 65 touchdowns were the most in the state, in any classification, this season.

In the last three seasons as a full-time starter, Fields totaled 8,919 passing yards and threw 107 touchdown passes. Add in his 1,624 rushing yards and 13 scores and Fields tallied 10,543 total yards and 120 touchdowns over that span.

“Not only is he a great football player but he’s an even better person,” Brown said. “He was our leader on and off the field and he’s a great example to our younger kids.”

Three receivers topped 1,000 yards this fall, led by Richard Bailey, who caught 62 passes for 1,483 yards and 23 touchdowns. Rashad Maxwell finished with 48 receptions for 1,035 yards and 19 scores while Jay Burnell added 58 catches for 1,047 yards and 10 touchdowns. Burnell also added 440 yards rushing and five touchdowns.

On defense, senior linebacker Dee’ke Lang led the Bobcats in tackles with 140 total hits. Jamar Barron added 109 tackles and Burnell tallied 89 total tackles. Tiquan Bright had 86 tackles and Semahj Forrest finished with 85 tackles. Both players recorded 11 tackles in the state championship game.

 Tyler Scott had 10 interceptions in the secondary and finished with 62 tackles. William Rowe had 80 tackles and Jamal Barron finished the season with 65.


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