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Cane Bay opens playoffs against Wilson

By Rob Gantt

Special to the HSSR

SUMMERVILLECane Bay High School’s football team heads into the Class 4A playoffs as the second-place team from Region 8-A.

The Cobras were almost the region champs but came up short on Friday, 30-27, to Berkeley High School. The Stags blocked a field goal in overtime to preserve the victory. The loss ended an eight-game win streak by the Cobras.

Cane Bay (8-2) hosts Wilson (6-4) on Friday in the opening round. It marks the final playoff push for 25 Cane Bay seniors.

“We’re happy to be at home,” Cane Bay coach Russell Zehr said. “We wished we had finished first but second is better than third or fourth or not being in the playoffs at all.”

Cane Bay is ranked 13th in Class 4A by the HSSR, while Wilson is 17th.

The Tigers, who finished third in their region behind North Myrtle Beach and Myrtle Beach, are skilled in the passing game and distribute it to a number of different receivers. Tigers quarterback Jacob Quillen has passed for nearly 2,600 and 21 touchdowns.

“They’re very athletic,” Zehr said. “Their group of receivers reminds of Berkeley a little bit. They’ve got one that is really good and some others can really play too. You can’t just focus on one because the others will hurt you.”

The Tigers average 28 points per game.

Cane Bay’s offense is averaging 33 points, led by senior Kris Copeland. Copeland has played running back and quarterback and has rushed for 1,341 yards and 17 touchdowns. He’s also scored four times on special teams.

Quarterback/safety R.J. Roderick, a South Carolina commitment just back from missing five games with a back injury, has 344 yards rushing and a touchdown. Fullback Mack Dudley (575 yards), Deantre Walker (280), Deandre Dingle (257) and Micah Staggers (249) also contribute on the ground.

Receiver T.J. Johnson has the most receptions with a dozen for 365 yards and two scores.

In the loss to Berkeley, Copeland rushed for 140 yards and scored twice, once on a 63-yard run. He also uncorked a 67-yard touchdown pass to Johnson. Roderick also scored a touchdown for the Cobras.

Dudley had 56 ground yards against the Stags.

 

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