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Dorchester Academy seeks strong finish in football

By David Shelton
Senior Writer

St. George – As the 2018 football season hits the home stretch, the Dorchester Academy Raiders have their sights set on contending for a region championship and a spot in the SCISA state Class A playoffs.
After a bye week, the Raiders enter their October 5th showdown with rival Colleton Prep at 3-3 overall and 2-0 in region play. A win over Colleton Prep would secure a playoff berth but the Raiders have bigger goals.
“Certainly getting into the playoffs is a goal but winning these games down the stretch can mean a home game in the playoffs and that’s something we are shooting for,” coach Chris Myers said. “We have four games left and its important that we continue to improve and play well. Our toughest part of the schedule is in front of us so we need to be really focused and do what we are supposed to do.”
Beating Colleton Prep has been a difficult task for Dorchester Academy in recent years. Dorchester’s last win over Colleton came in 2010 so history is not on their side. Colleton Prep has struggled somewhat this season, which makes them dangerous, according to Myers.
 “We don’t take them lightly, not at all. I mean we haven’t beaten them in forever so we know what we’re in for,” Myers said.
After the game with Colleton, the Raiders finish with games against Hilton Head Prep, Thomas Heyward and Bethesda. Thomas Heyward and Bethesda are region games and both are off to 2-0 starts in league play. Thomas Heyward is 7-0 and ranked number one in Class A.
“We have a lot of work to do,” Myers said. “Those last two games will determine where we finish and if we can be at home.”
The coach feels his team is playing “pretty well” overall. Junior quarterback Colby Weeks has been a fantastic player early on. Weeks has passed for more than 1,000 yards and 10 touchdowns this season, adding 350 yards in the run game.
Sophomore Wyatt Judy has gained over 300 yards on the ground as well. Senior Chase Way is the team’s leading receiver with more than 500 yards. Junior Rhett Mizzell also has been a threat in the passing game.
Way has been the top tackler on the defense, along with linebacker Ben Stokes. Stokes, however, is out with an injured hand for a few weeks.
Dorchester’s victories this fall have come against The King’s Academy, Spartanburg Christian and Northside Christian. Losses came to Carolina Academy, Pee Dee Academy and Hilton Head Christian – all non-region opponents.

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