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Dorchester Academy High School
St. George

Dorchester comes off bye week with 5-1 record

 

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

St. George – Only a season-opening loss to defending state champion Dillon Christian has prevented the Dorchester Academy football team from a perfect record as the season hits the stretch drive.

Since the opening game loss, the Raiders have won five straight games and entered a much-needed bye week with a 5-1 record. The Raiders, playing with only 15 players, needed the break to heal and recharge.

“We’ve had a good run of success but we’re beat up a bit,” head coach Chris Myers said. “The off week came at a good time for us. Even though we were playing well, we need a break. We don’t have a lot of bodies. Everybody is playing both ways so a lot of guys are gutting it out.”

Dorchester Academy lost to Dillon Christian but had a chance to win that game in the fourth quarter. Since the loss, the Raiders have wins over Carolina Academy (35-20), Williamsburg Academy (12-6, in overtime), Northwood Academy (46-0), John Paul II (50-27) and Bethesda Academy (36-22).

The shutout of Northwood Academy was the school’s first since 2011.

“That was a big deal,” Myers said. “It’s kind of amazing to think it has been that long since we had a shutout. Our kids took a lot of pride in that.”

Myers says the key to his team’s success offensively has been balance. The Raiders have several options in the running and passing game and senior quarterback Lance Brownlee has been a good distributor.

Brownlee is having his most productive season as a third-year starter. He has completed 74 of 133 passes for 1,164 yards and 14 touchdowns while picking up 419 yards on the ground with 11 touchdowns.

Colby Weeks leads the rushing attack with 451 yards and averages nearly seven yards per carry.

Junior Chase Way is the top receiver with 21 receptions for 491 yards and six touchdowns. Senior Ben Murray adds 19 catches for 396 yards and seven touchdowns. Sophomore Rhett Mizzell has 11 grabs for 223 yards and a touchdown.

Defensively, David Cleland and Jack Berry have been the leading tacklers, each averaging about seven per game. Berry and Murray lead the team with four sacks while Brownlee has two interceptions in the back.

“We only have 15 but they are playing tough and with a lot of effort,” Myers said. “It’s a good bunch of kids. They get after it and they have fun playing. We’re excited about where we are but we know we have a lot of work to do.”

Dorchester plays rival Colleton Prep after the bye week (October 5) and follows that with a game against Thomas Heyward. Both are region games. A sweep of both games gives the Raiders the region title and at least two home games in the playoffs. A split would secure at least one home playoff game.

“It’s all in front of us and we know what we have to do,” Myers said. “Neither is an easy game. We will have to take care of the football. That will be a key.”

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