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Fort Dorchester enters playoffs undefeated and top-ranked


By David Shelton

Senior Writer

North Charleston – Having completed the regular season with a perfect 10-0 record, the top-ranked team in Class AAAAA is ready to make their run for a state title.

Fort Dorchester captured the region 7-AAAAA title with a 34-13 win over Summerville on October 27th. The playoffs, however, are the bigger focus and the Patriots begin their chase with a home playoff game on November 3rd.

The Patriots are one of two teams in Class AAAAA to finish the regular season with an undefeated record, the other being T.L. Hanna of the upstate. Fort Dorchester head coach Steve LaPrad is glad the playoffs have arrived.

“The playoffs are what you play for, what you practice for and hope to be at your best,” the coach said earlier this month. “We’re focused on being at our best in November. We’ve been pretty good but we need to keep progressing and improving. The games will get tougher as we go.”

Senior quarterback Dekereon Joyner is hitting his stride this season. Joyner has passed for 1,812 yards and 24 touchdowns, completing 65 percent of his pass attempts. He also is the team’s leading rusher with 743 yards rushing and 16 touchdowns.

Kalil Jenkins and Drew Parker are adding quality production in the run game. Parker has rushed for 648 yards and scored 12 touchdowns while Jenkins has 617 yards rushing and nine scores.

Raquan Simmons is the top receiver with 43 receptions for 697 yards and 11 touchdowns. Justin Williams, who was selected to the South Carolina Shrine Bowl team with Joyner, has 45 grabs for 667 yards and 11 touchdowns.

Leaders defensive include linebackers Davon Gilmore and Kenneth Brown, defensive tackle James Middleton, and defensive backs Dazjon Casto and DeAngelo Knight. Knight and Middleton were selected to play in the North-South all-star game in December.

In other sports, the boys cross country team is participating in the Class AAAAA state meet on November 4th. The Patriots finished third in the recent AAAAA lower state meet on October 28.

Wyatt Hall was the team’s top performer, finishing second overall. Dawson Wright finished fourth and Zakk Megee was 21st in the lower state meet. Matthew Osean (27th) and Christian England (32nd) also scored for the Patriots in the meet.

The swim teams at Fort Dorchester competed in the state meet earlier in October. The boys team placed 10th in the standings while the girls finished 13th.

The top performer from the boys team was Timothy Dupree, who finished seventh in the 100-yard freestyle and eighth in the 50-yard freestyle. Dupree also swam on two relay teams.

Connor Westbrooke finished ninth in the 100-yard backstroke and also swam on a pair of relay teams.

 On the girls’ team, Abbie Hassell took a silver medal in the 50-yard freestyle and was sixth in the 100-yard freestyle. She also swam on two relay teams.



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