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Fall sports season hits final stride at Northwood Academy

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Summerville – The fall sports athletic program at Northwood Academy continues its development stages in 2017 as a young crop of athletes adjust to the varsity level of competition.

There has not been a lot of success in terms of wins during the fall season but the athletes and teams continue to work hard and compete better each time out.

The Northwood Academy football team is going through some growing pains this season, winning just one of their first six games. The Chargers have a win over Bethesda Academy but have losses to Pinewood Prep, Oceanside Collegiate, Dorchester Academy, St. Andrews and Hilton Head Christian.

Rounding out the regular season will be games with Orangeburg Prep, Hilton Head Prep and First Baptist. It is unclear whether the Chargers will make the state playoffs but ending with some victories would mean wonders as they build for next season.

In terms of personnel, some Chargers are contributing to the cause. Junior quarterback Matt Lewis has thrown for 263 yards and rushed for 329 yards, combining for four touchdowns. Lewis had a huge game in Northwood’s win over Bethesda. The 6-2 junior had three interceptions defensively to go with 163 yards rushing and 98 yards passing in the win.

The top two receivers this fall have been junior Rick Newman and sophomore Tyler Gadsden. Newman has 13 catches for 190 yards and two touchdowns while Gadsden has 12 catches for 108 yards.

Defensively, sophomore end Emmanuel Johnson leads the team with 38 tackles and also has seven tackles for loss. Senior John Totuszynski has 27 tackles and three tackles for loss while sophomore linebacker Bryce Ellison has 29 total tackles.

Sophomore Clayton Stancil has 28 tackles and senior Andrew Rickus has 22 tackles.

The Northwood cross country teams also have very young rosters but the hope is for growth and maturity will lead to better results in the future.

The top two runners on the boys’ team are sophomore Alec Schreier and eighth-grader Ciaran Murphy. Sophomores Luke Moore and Chase Adcock, along with seventh-grader Paul Schwartz round out the top five but there is plenty of competition for the final scoring spots.

Junior Tyler Durst and eighth-grader Austin Valipour have cracked the top five this fall. Eighth-graders Aaron Steele and Tony Harrawood also have shown improvement, along with seventh-graders Christian Herman and Tyler Infinger, and sixth-grader Kaleb Newman.

On the girls’ team, the top runners of late have been sixth-graders Layla Valipour and Vivian Foster, along with sophomores Candace Herman, Emily Palmer and Grace Stanton, and eighth-grader Chloe Mott.

 

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