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Fall sports faring well at Stratford in 2018

By David Shelton
Senior Writer

Goose Creek – As the state playoffs near, the fall sports teams at Stratford High are competing well with region 7-AAAAA competition heating up.
The football team, coached by Dennie McDaniel, opened the season with two wins before suffering back-to-back defeats. The Knights got back on the winning track on September 28 with a win over James Island in the region opener. Stratford looks to make a late push down the stretch in hopes of earning a state playoff opportunity.
Senior quarterback Travis Lott and senior running back Mario Anderson have been catalysts offensively for the Knights. Lott put up 147 yards passing and three touchdowns, along with 83 yards on the ground with a score, in the win over James Island.
Anderson, one of the better backs in the Lowcountry, added 173 yards rushing and two touchdowns in the win. He has rushed for more than 600 yards in the first five games of the season.
Anchoring the offensive line has been center Kevin Mood, a senior.
The volleyball team also has high expectations of making the state playoffs this season. Stratford made the postseason a year ago but the new region is quite competitive. Stratford won 10 of their first 16 matches this season, already topping last year’s win total.
Seniors Justice Bryant, MaKenzie McGowan and Jadon Nelson are providing strong leadership and putting up the numbers on the floor. Bryant leads the team early with 67 kills and has 14 blocks. McGowan has 58 kills and 65 defensive digs while Nelson has 60 kills and 25 blocks. Nelson led the team last season with 91 kills and 32 blocks.
Junior Mitchum Maddie has 54 kills and 18 blocks and junior Payton Lee has recorded 22 service aces and 62 digs. Freshman setter Salena Jones has 275 assists and 75 digs. As an eighth-grade starter last season, Jones had 269 assists.
Sophomore Kailynn Driggers is a leader defensively with 140 digs. Junior Jessica Scannell also is a key defender on the floor.
The Stratford cross country teams should be a contender for region championships this fall. Both teams had solid showings in the Lowcountry Invitational event on September 28th. The boys team placed 17th in a field of 47 teams from around the state, while the girls team finished 23rd in a field of 45 schools.
Leading the boys effort was senior Jack Taylor, who placed 60th overall with a time of 18:12. Sophomore Owen Smith and sophomore Hunter Calvert also placed among the top 100, posting times of 18:28 and 18:33, respectively.
Junior Alyssa Davis was the top finisher on the girls team, finishing 52nd overall with a time of 22:09. Freshmen Gracie Michaud and Kaelan Pierce were the next two finishers, with junior Sydney Palmer and sophomore Skyla Schlag rounding out the top five.

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