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Beaufort Academy football in the semifinals

By Ken Buck

Staff Writer

Beaufort—The Beaufort Academy football team has advanced to the state’s second round of the playoffs after improving steadily along the way to an 8-2 record so far.

The two losses were to Clarendon Hall in the first game and Andrew Jackson later in the season. Beaufort Academy dropped Richard Winn in the first round of the playoffs last week and will face Jefferson Davis for the second round.

Head Coach Mark Clifford said that earlier in the year his team was dealing with him as a new coach.

“They didn’t know our system and I didn’t know the kids,” he remembers. “That might be one of the reasons why (we struggled in the first game against Clarendon Hall). But one of the big games for us was at Laurens and that was when we really started to learn our schemes.”

He added that at that point his team began to process his system.

“We also began to get to really know each other and get that chemistry,” he says. “Our execution got pretty good and offensively we began to run our counter and our trap well.”

At what at that point, said Clifford, that his Eagles began to become a pretty good football team.

He added that he has been preaching to his team not to be too cocky or over confident but says that right now his team is indeed pretty confident.

“We finally know that we are a pretty good football team,” he says.

Seniors Edward McCormick (LB/FB) and Daniel Richards (OL/DL) have both continued to play well on the field and also helping to provide leadership on the team. McCormick was the Region Defensive Player of the Year with 140 tackles.

Running Back De’Shaun Epps, the Region Offensive Player of the Year, has paced the offense so far with over 2300 yards rushing and 48 touchdowns.

Dawson Coleman, the team’s quarterback, has done a great job at running the football team and managing the offense for the Eagles.

 

 

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