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Stratford fall teams earn postseason opportunities

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Goose Creek – Rome was not built in a day and the rebuilding of the Stratford High football program not happen overnight.

However, first-year head coach Dennie McDaniel promised improvement in 2018 and the Knights have answered the challenge. Stratford went 4-6 during the regular season, including a win over city rival Goose Creek. The Knights also managed a fourth-place finish in region 7-AAAAA, thus earning a spot in the Class AAAAA Lower State playoffs. Step one is complete.

The Knights open the state playoffs on November 9 against Summerville, a team that beat them handily during the regular season. While winning the game is the obvious goal, the Knights will gain valuable postseason experience that should benefit them in the future.

Two of the biggest reasons for the success of this season were senior quarterback Travis Lott and senior running back Mario Anderson.

Lott, a second-year starter that is headed to The Citadel to play baseball next year, gave Stratford a passing threat this season, finishing the regular season with 1,327 yards while completing 52 percent of his passes.

Anderson, who was selected to play in the North-South all-star game and is a verbal commitment to Charleston Southern, led the Knights in rushing with 1,066 yards and 11 touchdowns. He also added over 200 receiving yardage.

The football team was not the only fall sports team at Stratford to earn postseason play. The volleyball team finished third in region seven behind Wando and James Island. The Knights played in the Lower State playoff bracket, notching a win over Summerville in the first round. The season ended with a second-round loss to Carolina Forest.

Seniors Justice Bryant and Jadon Nelson were team leaders this fall. Sophomore Kailynn Driggers and freshman Salena Jones are two key returners for next season.

The girls tennis team posted a third-place finish in the region but lost their first-round playoff match to Ashley Ridge.

Swimmer Abby DeGarady earned a spot in the Class AAAAA state meet. She qualified in the 200-yard individual medley and finished 13th in the overall standings.

The cross country teams had successful seasons in 2018. Stratford’s boys team finished third in the region 7-AAAAA meet and qualified for the state meet. The Knights ran in the AAAAA state meet on November 3rd, finishing 17th in the team standings.

Senior Jack Taylor was the top runner this fall, finishing eighth in the region meet and placing 32nd at the state meet. Sophomore Hunter Calvert was 10th in the region meet and sophomore Owen Smith was 11th. Junior Amarion Martin and freshman Kyle Strickland placed among the top 20 in the region meet.

On the girls team, junior Alyssa Davis finished fourth in the region meet. She also was the team’s top finisher at the state meet, placing 44th.

Junior Sydney Palmer was 16th in the region meet and freshman Kaelan Pierce was 20th.


© 2017 High School Sports Report

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