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Fort Dorchester fall athletes post strong showings in 2018

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

North CharlestonFort Dorchester High athletes in swimming and cross country posted strong showings at state championship events this fall, while the football team begins its playoff quest on November 9th.

The football team closed the regular season with a double overtime loss to Summerville, 43-42, losing to a Lowcountry team for the first time since 2014, a streak of 33 games.

The Patriots enter the state playoffs at 8-2 (one loss is a forfeit) and were slated to host Wando in the first-round game of the AAAAA playoffs on November 9th. Fort Dorchester beat Wando, 17-0, earlier this season.

“It’s a new season now so we have to get focused and put this behind us,” head coach Steve LaPrad said after the loss to Summerville. “We have a lot to play for. We want to be ready and make a run.”

Junior quarterback De’Andrae Sabb finished the regular season with 1,416 yards and 10 touchdowns passing while rushing for 923 yards and 18 touchdowns. Junior running back Kalil Jenkins has rushed for 959 yards and 10 scores. The receiving trio of Qway Simmons, Antoine Parker and Chaz Jones have combined for more than 1,000 yards this season.

Senior offensive lineman Bruce Benjamin was selected to play in the North-South all-star game. Senior linebacker Davon Gilmore was selected to the SC Shrine Bowl roster. Gilmore had more than 100 tackles during the regular season.

The boys cross country team won the region 8-AAAAA championship and finished seventh in the Class AAAAA state championship meet.

Leading the effort this fall was junior Dawson Wright, who won the region championship and earned all-state honors with a fifth-place finish at the state meet on November 3rd.

Senior Wyatt Hall was region runner-up and finished 16th at the state meet. Junior Matt Osean was sixth in the region meet and 33rd at the state meet while junior Landon Koch was ninth at the region meet and 83rd at the state meet.

The girls team finished third as a team in the region meet. Eighth-grader Megan Studley was the team’s top finisher in sixth-place. Freshman Eden Apgar was seventh and eighth-grader Tess Studley finished ninth.

The girls swim team finished a strong fifth in the Class AAAAA state championship meet. Abbie Hassell and Madeline Routhier were the top performers for Fort Dorchester. Hassell took fourth-place in the 50-yard freestyle and 100-yard freestyle. Routhier placed third in the 100-yard butterfly and was fifth in the 50.

Mason Dupree was the top performer for the boys team, finishing third in the 50 and fifth in the 100.

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