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Stratford High School
Goose Creek

Knights hoping to bounce back from rough 2016

 

By Rob Gantt

Special to The HSSR

 

GOOSE CREEKStratford High School ended an otherwise tough season with its lone victory of the 2016 campaign.

“We didn’t have the type of year we wanted,” SHS coach Joe Marion said. “Injuries kept getting us and there were some other things too. It wasn’t just any one thing, but the kids stayed with it instead of giving up.”

They begin anew this summer and open the 2017 season at home against Berkeley on Aug. 25.

After Berkeley, the Knights travel to Cane Bay on Sept. 1 and host Georgetown on Sept. 8. They begin the Region 7-AAAAA slate at James Island on Sept. 15.

“We’ve got a fairly young team,” said Marion, who enters his fourth season. “We’re just trying to get better each day.”

The Knights don’t have a ton of experience returning on either side of the ball.

Junior center Kevin Mood and senior left tackle Katray Pringle are back along the offensive line. Receivers Jonathan Boags and Ryan Robinson, a senior and junior, have experience too. Boags led in catches last year with 24 for 255 yards. Robinson led in yards with 279 on 11 grabs.

Robinson, though, is in a battle for playing time at quarterback with junior Travis Lott. Marion said the one who doesn’t play quarterback can play receiver.

Two newcomers look like impact players on offense. Sophomore receiver Sincere Brown and junior running back Mario Anderson will be counted on. The Knights also have a 6-5 junior, Azyon McClendon, at wide receiver.

On defense, junior inside linebacker Blake Marrs is the top tackler returning. He made 62 total stops as a sophomore.

Senior Cameron Smith is a returning starter at defensive back and junior Jordan Judge has experience on the second level but moved to outside linebacker from inside. Smith made two interceptions last season.

The Knights are in Region 7-AAAAA with Wando, Fort Dorchester, Ashley Ridge, West Ashley, Summerville and city rival Goose Creek.

 

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