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Warriors look to get back in rhythm for region play

 

By Justin Driggers
Consulting Editor

Dillon – Hurricane Florence had a lasting impact on a number of areas in South Carolina, but perhaps none more so than the Dillon area.
It wasn’t until last week than most of the schools in the area reopened and that included Dillon Christian School.
The Warriors were 1-3 before the storm hit and lost two region games in the process. They finally picked back up on Sept 28.
“I don’t know what we’re going to do about that,” DCS head coach Christian Wolfe said. “We might not make them up, so I don’t know what we’re going to do about that in terms of playoffs.
“But we have a number of kids that come from Lumberton and Fairmont, so (last Tuesday) was the first day the students were back. We’ve had about two days of practice in two weeks, so I think it’s good that the kids finally have a little sense of normalcy.”
The Warriors lost to AA Williamsburg Academy 12-10 to fall to 1-4 with their first Region 1-A contest slated for Oct. 5.
It will also mark the first time DCS has played in its own classification all season. The Warriors have had a tough schedule with games against Robert E. Lee Academy, Trinity-Byrnes as well as Village Christian out of Fayetteville, N.C., to start the season. 
“We were kind of a work-in-progress the first month of the season – the first four games,” Wolfe said. “We played a pretty tough schedule against a lot of bigger schools than us. We had a lot of new guys in new spots that we were trying out and trying to see what was going to work best for the team.”
That’s been evident on the offensive side, which saw the most turnover from last year. The Warriors are averaging 14.2 points a game, albeit against strong competition.
“Offensively we’ve had some bright spots, but the biggest thing has just been a lack of consistency,” Wolfe said. “We’re still working things out a quarterback. We’ve got some young kids there that have had some growing pains and that comes with playing at the varsity level.” 
Gage Bazemore has provided a solid option at running back with 284 yards on 41 carries with 2 touchdowns. Trent Johnson leads the list of quarterbacks with 312 yards passing and four touchdowns. 
Bazemore is one of two receivers with more than 100 yards along with Austin Heasley. 
Things have been a little more consistent on defense. Storm Sanderson and Walt Bailey have provided a 1-2 punch on the line. Sanderson leads the team with 34 tackles followed by Bailey with 29. They also have combined for three sacks.
John Rourke has also been a spark at linebacker, Wolfe said, and has 21 tackles. Barnes Causey leads the secondary with two interceptions.
“Defensively we played pretty well I thought, even in the games we lost,” he said. “My front six, seven guys on defense are pretty good and they’ve shown out. That was where we had the bulk of the guys returning, so we figured that was going to be a strong point.
“We just look to keep getting better every game and hope we’ll be playing our best football in the next month.”

DCS cross country’s season cut short by weather

By Justin Driggers
Consulting Editor

Dillon – It’s been nearly 10 yards since Dillon Christian School fielded a cross country team.
After starting up the program again this year, head coach Sarah Mouser was looking forward to seeing the strides her squad made through its first handful of races.
She’s only been able to see a small glimpse, however, as Hurricane Florence threw the entire schedule off.
“We’ve been practicing since June and unfortunately we’ve only been able to have two meets,” Mouser said. “We’ve missed out on three different races. The kids just back in school this past Tuesday, so we only had one day to kind of get together before the meet yesterday.”
A lot of the DCS runners were able to practice on their own, Mouser said, although a few from the Lumberton area were hit particularly hard – including one that was forced to evacuate.
“It’s been a lot of upheaval for us,” Mouser said. “But this is a very dedicated team and I’m really proud of them.”
DCS was scheduled to host a meet at Camp Grace on Oct. 2 with just two more possible meets on the horizon. 
Both of the meets so far this season have been at Patriot Park Sportsplex in Sumter, so Mouser was able to compare times to see how much improvement had been made.
“The kids improved their times anywhere from one minute to four minutes better than their original times,” she said. “They’re definitely improving and we’re just trying to push through.”
It’s another stepping stone in a process Mouser has seen since practice began as the team has grown into the sport, she said.
“Seeing them come at the beginning of the summer and not even being able to run a mile, and now they can run four or five miles without even batting an eye – it’s pretty impressive to see the improvement,” she said. “That’s what’s so disheartening about this year. They haven’t been able to get that experience and that exposure that they’ve trained for.”
The Warriors squad is made up of nine runners – six boys and three girls. While the girls side doesn’t have enough runners to qualify in the team scores, the boys side does and Mouser has seen an encouraging sign even in just two races.
“I haven’t seen the exact times, but they all finish about one right after the other, which is exactly what you would want,” she said. “You want them to come in as fast and as close as they can.”
The boys side is made up of Kyle Floyd, Hunter McDuffie, Jason Chen, David Ervin, Andrew Brown and Walker Barkley. Floyd, McDuffie and Chen are seniors. 
The girls side has senior Sarah Grace Stone, Grace Dubose and Kodi Kulberth.

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