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Dillon Christian High School

DILLON CHRISTIAN LOOKING TOWARD REPEAT

By: Gerald Doolittle

Special Writer

Dillon, S.C.- Last week the Dillon Christian School Warriors of Coach Christian Wolfe opened defense of the 2016 SCISA Class A Championship with a hard fought 28-16 win over Dorchester Academy.

“Our offense looked good despite a few bad snaps,” said Coach Wolfe. “We will work on this issue to keep us from stalling on offense. Also, we must keep the penalties at a minimum. The big key to our success will be to keep the players healthy. Right now, the defense is not where we need to be. The defensive players must mature quickly with more playing time.”

The Warriors will take a 14- game winning streak into their next game against an improved Trinity-Byrnes. After that game, they will face the very good team from Robert E. Lee Academy before hosting the Greenwood Christian Hawks.

Coach Wolfe has the luxury of having 36 players on his roster in 2017. He has 11 seniors, 8 juniors, 8 sophomores and 9 freshmen. With those numbers, the Warriors should be a power the next few seasons.

Diaz Alexander (sr) moves into the quarterback slot in 2017. In game one he rushed for 140 yards on 11 carries for 2 touchdowns. He completed 4 of 5 passes for 48 yards. Last season Alexander rushed for 1166 yards on 136 carries scoring 18 touchdowns and had 15 receptions for another 147 yards for 2 touchdowns.

Demontez Alford (sr) in game one rushed for 118 yards on 8 carries for 1 touchdown. Last season Alford rushed for 107 yards and 2 touchdowns. Garret Collins (sr) in game one rushed for 5 yards and a touchdown. Last season Collins rushed for 268 yards and 3 touchdowns.

In game one the Warriors only passed the ball five times. Jackson Wolfe (sr) had 3 receptions for 42 yards. Last season Wolfe had 29 receptions for 566 yards for 9 touchdowns. Barnes Causey (so) had the other reception for 6 yards. Causey did not play in 2016.

Despite some first game miscues the defense recorded 95 tackles that included sacks by Alford and Walt Bailey (so). Leading the way on defense was Azeon Brown (jr) with 19 tackles. John Rourke (jr) and Collins followed with 14 each. Last year Collins had 91 and Rourke had 20. Bailey recorded 10 tackles. Last season Bailey tallied 57. Alford tallied 9 tackles in game one. Last season Alford recorded 39 stops.

Ian Patterson (sr), Bryan Davis (sr), Jared Ivey (jr), Storm Sanderson (jr), Samuel Coleman (sr), Evan Paul (sr) and Ereck Eck (sr) all had more than one stop.

Gage Bazemore (jr) will handle the PATs and Field Goals for the Warriors. In game one he kicked 4 of 4 PATs. Last season he kicked 61 of 73.

Coach Wolfe and staff will work on a few details the next two weeks to get the Warriors ready for six straight Region 1-A games against Greenwood Christian, Williamsburg Academy, Pee Dee Academy, The Kings, Christian Academy and Carolina Academy before closing the regular season with a non-region game against Florence Christian.

 

Dillon Christian still perfect

By Ken Buck

Staff Writer

Dillon— Last season, the Dillon Christian football team finished with a perfect 13-0 record, and with a 28-16 win over Dorchester Academy in week one, the Warriors are still, well, perfect.

The Warriors return a big group of seniors this year, said head coach Christian Wolfe.

“All of them have playing experience,” he explains. “We must build up our depth and get our younger guys ready to play.

Dillon Christian will also be looking to replace two of the better players to pass through the program in quarterback Michael Minges and linebacker Luke Price.

“It won’t be easy (replacing them),” says Wolfe.

But in the first game of the season, Dillon Christian continued to show signs of a force to be reckoned with. Senior Diaz Alexander was solid at quarterback, completing four out of five passes. Last season Alexander also say time at running back and defensive back, where he led the state with 11 interceptions. Against Dorchester Academy, he had 11 carries for 140 yards rushing with two touchdowns.

Also turning in a solid performance in the win was Senior Montez Alford, who had 118 yards rushing on just eight carries with one touchdown.

Senior wide receiver Jackson Wolfe, who last season had 29 receptions for 566 yards and nine touchdowns, led the Warriors in the Week One win with three receptions for 42 yards.

Senior Garret Collins, a linebacker and a running back for Dillon Christian, had 14 total tackles in the win, including 2.5 for a loss. Last season Collins was among the team’s leaders with 91 tackles.

Offensively Collins also had a five-yard touchdown run against Dorchester Academy.

Another senior that will be a big part of the Dillon Christian’s season will be Evan Paul. Paul is a four-year starter on the offensive line and will also see time on the defensive line. In fact, Paul had four tackles in the opening season win.

 Next up for Dillon Christian is a match up at Trinity-Byrnes, who also opened up the season last week with a huge 55-19 win over King’s Academy.

 

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