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Dorchester Academy finishes second in region in 2017


By David Shelton

Senior Writer

St. George – Entering the 2017 football season, Dorchester Academy head coach Chris Myers felt he had a team capable of contending for a conference championship this fall.

Myers felt the 2017 Raiders were the best collection of players during his four years as head coach. Turns out, the coach was correct.

Dorchester Academy did indeed contend for a region title, coming up a little short in the end to finish second in the standings behind champion Thomas Heyward Academy.

“We had our shot but we couldn’t beat those guys,” Myers said. “We had a good regular season. Now it’s on to the playoffs and see what we can do. I like this team. We’re still thin in numbers but this group gets after it hard.”

Dorchester started the season with a 5-1 record but lost two of their last three games to finish at 6-3. The second-place finish earned the Raiders a home playoff game in the first round. Dorchester, 4-0 at home this season, plays Carolina Academy on November 3rd. The two teams met in the second game of the season with the Raiders posting a 35-20 win.

“They’re a good team,” Myers said. “It will be a physical game. We know each other well so it comes down to executing and playing well.”

Besides the loss to Thomas Heyward, the Raiders also lost to defending state champion Dillon Christian and to Colleton Prep. They closed out the regular season with a 54-24 win over Palmetto Christian.

Myers says ball security and health will be big factors in the playoffs.

“We’ve turned the ball over some, a bit too much, but if we take care of the football we can be good offensively,” the coach said. “We need to stay healthy if possible. We’re short on numbers but that’s been the case all season.”

Myers will lean heavily on the leadership of senior quarterback Lance Brownlee, who has put together a solid campaign under center. Entering the playoffs, Brownlee has completed 118-of-199 passes for 1,724 yards and 22 touchdowns. He also has 553 yards rushing and nine more scores.

Moving into the team lead in terms of rushing yards is Colby Weeks, who has 610 yards on 116 carries with five touchdowns. Weeks is also a factor in the passing game with 20 receptions for 234 yards.

Sophomore Rhett Mizzell has 25 receptions for 364 yards and six touchdowns while junior Chase Way has 21 grabs for 491 yards and six touchdowns.

Ben Murray has 24 catches for 454 yards and nine touchdowns while Brody Marchant has come on late to catch 13 passes for 241 yards and a touchdown.

 Defensively, David Cleland continues to be the team’s leader with 52 tackles while Jack Berry has 51 tackles and five sacks. Murray also contributes defensively with six sacks and 37 tackles.

Seven different players have recorded interceptions this season with Brownlee leading the way with two from his safety position.


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