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Batesburg-Leesville

KNIGHTS PLAY THROUGH ADVERSITY INTO PLAYOFFS

By: Gerald Doolittle

Batesburg-Leesville, S.C. -The W.W. King Academy Knights of Coach Zach Matthews have played themselves into the SCISA 8-Man Division Two Playoffs despite having to play through injuries to key players all season.

The season started with a sixteen- man roster that made Coach Matthews and staff gleam with high expectations of another winning season and a possible trip to the finals. However, those hopes took a major blow in the season opener when two impact players went down with season ending knee injuries within a couple minutes of each other in the first quarter. Wilson Parrish (jr) and Tyler List (fr) would have been key players on offense and defense. They are working hard to be ready for baseball in the spring where they are also key players in the baseball program.

A couple weeks later Grady Williamson (jr) went down with a broken collarbone. Dylan Matthews (so) was lost for the season during pre-season workouts. Truman Caughman (sr) missed three games because of injury.

After getting off to a 1-6 start the Knights closed the regular season winning 3 of 4 to finish the regular season at 4-7. With a third- place finish in region play the Knights will play at Patrick Henry to start the playoffs.

Jackson Parrish (sr) has been the offensive spark for the Knights in 2017. On offense he has rushed for 1202 yards on 189 carries for 18 touchdowns. From his quarterback position he has completed 58 of 118 passes for 768 yards and 8 touchdowns. He also has 23 returns for 606 yards and a touchdown.

Sam Mitchell (fr) has rushed for 321 yards on 92 carries for 2 touchdowns. He also has 9 receptions for 100 yards and a touchdown. He also has two returns for 36 yards.

Bryan Doolittle (jr) has rushed for 308 yards on 95 carries for 2 touchdowns. He also has 13 receptions for 106 yards and 97 yards in returns. Isaiah Brock (jr) has rushed for 260 yards on 49 carries for 2 touchdowns.

Caughman has 21 pass receptions for 328 yards and 5 touchdowns. Joe Sauls (so) follows with 13 receptions for 224 yards and 2 touchdowns. Carter Welsh (sr) has 2 receptions for 50 yards and 2 touchdowns.

Jackson Parrish, Garrett Doolittle (8th) and Reagan Pugh (jr) have led the defense. Parrish has 135 tackles, 1 interception, 6 sacks and 3 fumble recoveries. Doolittle has 101 tackles, 1 interception, 2 sacks and 2 fumble recoveries. Pugh has 91 tackles, 4 sacks and 3 fumble recoveries.

Welsh has recorded 69 tackles, 1 interception, 2 sacks and 2 fumble recoveries. Joe Sauls leads in fumble recoveries with 4 followed by Isaiah Brock and Mitchell with 3 each.

Rounding out the Knights roster with quality playing time is Quinten Miller (fr), Travis Long (fr) and River Guy (jr).

Coach Matthews and staff hope to have all the underclassmen back in 2018 with good health and a strong desire to bring the Knights back into contention for winning season.

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