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Saints using lone loss to help correct mistakes in time for playoff run

By Justin Driggers

Consulting Editor

Summerton – It was both a discouraging and encouraging way to finish the regular season, Clarendon Hall head coach Anthony Reitenour said.

The Saints were undefeated heading into a key SCISA 8-man Region II matchup against Jefferson Davis Academy. They ending up losing 32-20, but bounced back with a 58-0 win over W.W. King Academy to close out the year and propel them into the playoffs with some momentum.

“We had six turnovers (in the JDA game) and had a 90-yard touchdown called back on just a bonehead penalty,” Reitenour said. “That was uncharacteristic of us, and even with all that, it was a 12-point game that came down to the wire.

“So, I think that let the kids hold their heads up a little higher knowing that played that poorly and were still in the game against a very good team.”

CH will look to use those lessons in their next playoff game. After defeating St. John’s Christian Academy 62-10 in the opening round of the state playoffs, the Saints now face an even greater challenge in undefeated Andrew Jackson Academy – winners of 46 straight games and the last three state titles.

“I think the biggest thing is we just have to do what we’ve done in practice (lately),” Reitenour said. “We sometimes got a little complacent in games and you can’t do that against good teams. We have to be focused and ready to play on every play and every snap.”

Clarendon Hall has rolled over most of its opponents this season – outscoring them 442-104. The running game has been key with Tyrese Mitchum leading the way.

Bobby Ashba has also been a key piece at running back with quarterback Josh Black making plays with his legs as well as his arm.

Defensively, Wells Robinson is among the team leaders in tackles. Carson Cumbee, Da’Qavion Miller and Ashba are also key defenders.

 

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