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Brighter days ahead for W.W. King Academy football

By Gerald Doolittle

Staff Writer

Batesburg-Leesville - The last two football seasons at W.W. King Academy were not up to expectations with all the injuries to impact players. Coach Zach Matthews started the 2018 season with fourteen players and had hopes of improving on the 2017 record of 4-8. 

However, those hopes were soon dashed as again injuries to key players started early.  By the time the season drew to a close only eight players were left standing.  With a banged- up roster, the Knights could only score 11 touchdowns all season. The banged- up defense surrendered 66 touchdowns during the 1-9 season.

Coach Matthews now turns his hopes to 2019 where he expects up to at least 16 or 17 on his roster. That help is coming from the players coming up from the successful middle school program that has put together three straight winning seasons.

Middle school coach Devin Bedenbaugh is sending the varsity a well season group of rising freshmen to give the varsity program much needed dept at key positions.

The Junior Knights just completed a 4-1 weather shorten season for Coach Bedenbaugh. Among the eighth graders he will send to varsity next year will be the Woodward triplets.  Carson, Collin and Colby Woodward have been playing for Coach Bedenbaugh since the fifth grade

Collin from his quarterback position in 2018 completed 21 of 34 passes for 351 yards and 8 touchdowns.   He also rushed for 275 yards on 45 carries for 2 touchdowns. Carson had 252 rushing yards on 27 carries for 2 touchdowns. Colby was a defensive leader with 44 tackles, 1 interception, 1 fumble recovery and 4 pass rejections.

Coach Matthews will also welcome Clayton Turner who can excel on both sides of the ball. Turner rushed for 148 yards on offense and on defense led the team with 48 tackles. He also had 4 quarterback sacks and had 1 fumble recovery.

Drake Amick will be another budding star for the Knights. He rushed for 64 yards on 9 carries and had 6 receptions for 176 yards for 4 touchdowns. On defense he had 20 tackles, 1 interception, 2 pass knock downs and 1 sack.

Brice Miller will also excel in the receiving game. He had 3 receptions for 49 yards.  On defense he had 7 tackles and 2 pass knock downs.

Cooper Buzhardt and Seth Gross also had good defensive seasons.  Buzhardt had 6 tackles, 1 interception and 2 pass knock downs. Gross had 5 tackles and 1 pass rejection.

Coach Matthews hopes 2019 will be better than the last two seasons. He and his staff will work on keeping the players free from serious injuries.

 

 

 

 

 

 

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