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Patriots continue to fire on all cylinders in ‘18

By David Shelton
Senior Writer

North Charleston – A lot of new faces are producing a lot of the same results for the 2018 Fort Dorchester football team.
The Patriots, with a host of new starters on both sides of the ball this fall, have yet to be beaten on the field after beating West Ashley, 45-13, on September 28th. The perfect record, however, does come with an asterisk.
Fort Dorchester opened the season on August 17th at Glynn Academy in Brunswick, Georgia. While posting an impressive 37-21 victory, the Patriots used an ineligible player late in the game. When head coach Steve LaPrad discovered the error a week later, he reported it to the South Carolina High School League. In the end, the win now becomes a forfeit, which officially puts Fort Dorchester’s record at 5-1 this season.
“It’s unfortunate, a mistake, so we take the punishment,” LaPrad said. “We know what happened on the field but this is a mistake that we made and the rules say you forfeit. It’s all good. We’re moving on.”
Fort Dorchester will visit Berkeley on October 5th in a battle of unbeaten and top 10 ranked teams in Class AAAAA. The Patriots have not lost to a Lowcountry high school since September of the 2014 season and are 46-3 on the field since the 2015 season.
“It should be a fun game, a great game for the Lowcountry,” LaPrad said after the win over West Ashley. “They are really good. We have our hands full for sure.”
Junior quarterback De’Andrae Sabb is one of the new faces offensively and has stepped up to the task of replacing last year’s Mr. Football, Dakereon Joyner. In the first six games, Sabb has completed 60 of 98 passes for 797 yards and eight touchdowns. He also has rushed for 601 yards and 12 scores.
“He gets better every week,” LaPrad said.
Junior Kalil Jenkins has added 594 yards rushing with seven touchdowns this season. Antoine Parker leads the receiving corps with 16 catches for 243 yards and four touchdowns. Qway’jon Simmons has 14 grabs for 229 yards and two scores while Chaz Jones and Keith Desaussure each have eight catches.
Defensively, the team’s leading tackler is senior linebacker Davon Gilmore with more than 70 total tackles. Fellow linebacker Darryle Ware, a junior, has been a consistent performer as well. Senior Deon Ladson at tackle and junior end Emmanuel Johnson are solid players while Khalid Gadson is a top player in the secondary.

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