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KNIGHTS FIGHTING INJURIES TO START 2017 SEASON

By: Gerald Doolittle

Special Writer

Batesburg-Leesville, S.C. -The W.W. King Academy Knights of Coach Zach Matthews have started the 2017 season with a rash of injuries. The Knights hope to improve on their 2016 numbers where they finished with a 10-1 record and runners-up to Andrew Jackson Academy in Division Two of SCISA 8-Man football.

The Knights in their season opener at Coastal Christian suffered a rash of injuries. This had the coaching staff asking if this would be 2015 all over again where the Knights had to forfeit half their season when the roster had only seven players left after they had lost four players to season ending injuries.

However, this year the Knights did start off with sixteen players on their roster. Despite having five players hurt in the opener the Knights will have 11 players to dress out for game two.

The Knights started the game at Coastal Christian with an opening drive of 62 yards in 9 plays to take a 6-0 lead on a Jackson Parrish 2 yard touchdown.

The injuries started on Coastal’s first offensive drive. Tyler List (fr) was first to go down with a knee injury. Later in the first quarter Wil Parrish (jr) went down with a knee injury. Before halftime Reagan Pugh (jr) went out with heat related issues and in the second half Grady Williamson (jr) went out with a major concussion.

Coastal Christian took advantage of the Knights depleted ranks to score five unanswered touchdowns to take a 36-6 lead. Cougar quarterback, Robert Crates, completed 7 of 14 passes for 4 touchdowns of 40, 31,47 and 57 yards. His total passing yards for the game was 204 yards. The Cougars scored one more touchdown to complete the 42-14 win.

The Knights offense was led by quarterback Jackson Parrish (sr). Parrish rushed for 102 yards on 17 rushes for touchdown runs of 2 and 58 yards. He completed 4 of 11 passes for 76 yards.

Other offensive stars for the Knights was Bryan Doolittle (jr) with 85 yards rushing on 20 carries and Truman Caughman (sr) with 70 yards on 4 receptions.

Caughman also led the Knight defense with 14 tackles. Garrett Doolittle (8th) followed with 13 tackles. Parrish, Bryan Doolittle, Sam Mitchell (fr) and Joe Sauls (so) followed with 10, 8,7 and 7 tackles.

Parrish had 3 pass knock downs and Caughman and Sauls had one pass knock down. Carter Welsh (sr) had a fumble recovery for the Knights.

Coach Matthews and staff will work hard to get the team ready for Patrick Henry in game two. List and Williamson will probably be lost for that game. Wil Parrish and Pugh could be ready for game two.

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