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Williamsburg Academy High School
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Young Stallions showing steady improvement

By David Shelton
Senior Writer

Kingstree – After a winless season in 2017, Williamsburg Academy football coach Ken Kellahan felt his 2018 team would be improved.
While still fairly young and inexperienced at several positions, the coach felt his team’s attitude and work ethic during the offseason would lead to more success.
The coach has been proven right, at least to a point. After five games, the Stallions sit with a 2-3 record after a late 12-10 win over Dillon Christian on September 28. 
“That was a good win for us,” Kellahan said. “We were trailing late and we got a touchdown in the final two minutes to win. It was great to see us come from behind and find a way to win a game. It does a lot for our confidence. We showed a lot of heart and a lot of fight. I thought our week of practice going into the game was the best we had all year. We were able to put it together. When you go through a season like we did last year, every win is a special win. We’re growing up as we go. We’re starting to learn what it takes to win. These young guys are starting to understand how important practice is and how to work.”
Williamsburg Academy’s other victory this season was a 33-6 win over Christian Academy of Myrtle Beach. The losses came to good teams – Carolina Academy, Greenwood Christian and Oakbrook Prep.
“The early schedule has been tough but the biggest thing is we just haven’t been as consistent as we need to be, on both sides of the ball,” Kellahan said. “I feel like we’ve made steady progress. We’re getting better but sometimes the schedule doesn’t show it.”
That schedule gets tougher down the stretch, starting with an October 5th game against AA state runner-up Trinity-Byrnes. The Stallions also have remaining games with Pee Dee Academy, The King’s Academy and Florence Christian.
“Nothing easy left but hopefully we can continue to improve each week,” Kellahan said. “It will take some work on our part and some help from others to make the playoffs but really we just want to see us improve each week. We can have a good season.”
Williamsburg Academy’s top player this season has been senior Hunter Morris. Morris leads the team in rushing and also is the team’s leading tackler as a linebacker.
“He shows up to play every week, on both sides of the ball,” Kellahan said.
Timothy Gamble, who scored the game-winning touchdown against Dillon Christian, has been solid as a receiver/running back. EJ Muldrow and Colby Newton also have produced at receiver while freshman Joe Kellahan is gaining valuable experience as the starting quarterback.
Leaders along the offensive front this fall have been Holt McFadden, Austin Hagwood and Billy Price.
Hagwood and twin brother Alec Hagwood have been consistent performers along the defensive line, along with McFadden. Muldrow is a leader in the secondary and Reed Tisdale has been strong in the back.

Cross Country Update

The Williamsburg Academy cross country teams are having a solid fall as they compete down the stretch. The team recently participated in the Wilson Hall/Thomas Sumter Invitational meet and hope to qualify for the Class AA SCISA state meet later this month.
The top runner on the girls team is senior Lauren Williamson, who posted a time of 25:37 at the meet. Sara Kellahan, a freshman, was the second runner to cross the finish line, followed by senior Morgan Morris. Seventh-graders Hannah Coker and Josie Tisdale round out the top five.
The lone runner participating on the boys team was seventh-grader Billy Godwin.

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