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Saints football rolling despite lack of snaps

By Justin Driggers
Consulting Editor

Summerton – It’s a problem most coaches would like to have, but a problem nonetheless.
Clarendon Hall has played just one game in the last three weeks thanks to a forfeit on Sept. 28 by Laurens Academy that was due to concerns over the number of healthy players, Saints head coach Anthony Reitenour said.
On top of that, the two games prior to that featured running clocks by halftime.
“It’s really hurting us in a lot of ways because my starters just haven’t gotten the reps,” Reitenour said. “Don’t get me wrong because it’s a good problem to have, but it scares me because we’re getting ready to face some tough competition and I want my guys to be ready.”
That likely won’t be a problem based on what CH has down until now. The Saints are the No. 2 team in SCISA 8-man in the latest HSSR rankings with a 5-0 overall mark and a 2-0 region in the region. They’ve outscored opponents 202-50 this season, not counting the forfeit.
While the offense has clicked, it’s the defense that’s caught Reitenour’s eye.
“Our defense has played lights out,” he said. “They’ve just been really strong for us and maybe even a little under the radar. We gave up 33 points against Beaufort Academy and since then have two shutouts and held a very explosive Richard Winn team to 17 points.”
Wells Robinson, Zyan Gilmore and Even Boyd have been among the leaders for the Saints. Robinson has 49 tackles while Gilmore has 18 and three sacks. Bobby Ashba has 24 tackles and five sacks and Carson Cumbee is second on the team with 26 tackles. 
CH has also had an unexpected rising defensive star in DaQuavion Miller. He’s already gotten seven sacks to go along with 25 tackles. 
The offense has been stellar behind the running of Tyrese Mitchum. The junior has rushed 46 times for 775 yards and 14 scores. He had 322 yards rushing and four TDs vs. Richard Winn.
Kylic Horton has been strong on the outside with five catches for 158 yards and four scores. Quarterback Josh Black has thrown for 278 yards and four TDs.
The offensive line of Justin James, Robbie James and Michael Bolyston has also been strong all season, Reitenour added. 


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