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Knights in Class 5A football playoffs

 

By Rob Gantt

Special to the HSSR

GOOSE CREEK – What a week it was for the Stratford High School football team.

The Knights ended a long skid against their crosstown rivals, the Goose Creek Gators, with a 27-7 victory at John Stackley Field on Friday. The victory in the regular-season finale sends Stratford into the postseason for the first time since 2014.

“I’m sure this is amazing to the (seniors),” Stratford coach Joe Marion said. “We did an all-in theme this week, used poker chips and everything. They practiced hard all week and the offensive and defensive staffs did a tremendous job. Nobody quit.”

The Knights (2-8) finished sixth in Region 7-AAAAA and travel to defending champion Dutch Fork High School in the opening round of the Class 5A playoffs on Friday. The Silver Foxes are 8-1 and ranked third by the HSSR.

Stratford is unranked.

“No doubt they’re at least the second best team I’ve seen this year right behind Fort Dorchester,” Marion said. “They’re very strong in the run game and pass game. They’ve got over 400 points on offense and have only given up 105 on defense. You can tell they’re very well coached.”

Fort Dorchester is the lone opponent Dutch Fork has in common with Stratford. The Patriots overwhelmed Stratford 63-8 on Sept. 29 and defeated Dutch Fork 41-25 earlier in that month.

Running back Mario Anderson continues to power the Stratford offense. Against Goose Creek, he rushed for 103 yards and three touchdowns. On the season, he has run for over 1,100 yards and 14 touchdowns. Quarterback Travis Lott has passed for 773 yards and three touchdowns. Receiver Jonathan Boags has 22 receptions for 256 yards and two scores.

On the other side of the ball, linebacker Zach Lehmer has 76 total stops and three sacks.

Linebacker Blake Marrs is second with 70 tackles, followed by linebacker Jordan Judge (60), defensive back EJ Jackson (41) and defensive lineman Katray Pringle (36).

The biggest play turned in against the Gators was by defensive end Austin Hall. Hall scooped up a fumble and ran it in 10 yards for a touchdown in the fourth quarter.

 

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