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West Ashley football team qualifies for postseason

By David Shelton

Senior Writer

Charleston – The West Ashley High football team capped its regular season with a 30-14 win over Ashley Ridge in the season finale and in the process earned a spot in the Class AAAAA Lower State playoff bracket.

The win evened West Ashley’s record at 5-5 overall and the Wildcats finished the season with a 2-2 record in region 8-AAAAA, good for third place in the standings.

“We really feel like we let a few games get away from us and could be 7-3,” head coach Bobby Marion said. “When we don’t turn the ball over we are really solid offensively. In a few of our losses we have turned it over too much. If we can protect the football we can make some noise in the playoffs.”

The postseason will begin on November 9th with the same opponent West Ashley opened the season with – the Cane Bay Cobras. West Ashley beat Cane Bay, 26-23, way back in August.

One of the leaders this fall has been senior quarterback Kenyatta Jenkins, who has accounted for more than 1,400 yards and 16 touchdowns as a dual-threat signal caller. Running back Yaphett Bienvenu has rushed for nearly 700 yards this season, scoring eight touchdowns. Senior Dominique Kershaw is the team’s leading receiver.

The leader defensively is senior linebacker Ja’Xavier Legare, who has 95 tackles and 26 tackles for loss in 10 games. Caleb Edwards has 63 tackles and three sacks while defensive back Shamar Thompkins has 65 tackles and two interceptions.

West Ashley’s swim teams participated in the 2018 Class AAAAA state championship meet in October. Heading up the girls team in the state meet were Madeline Ballard, Gigi Fusco and Claire Green.

On the boys side, the top performers were Chad Waldrop and Justin Sage. Waldrop was the state runner-up in the 50-yard freestyle and was third in the 100-yard butterfly finals. Sage finished third in the 100-yard freestyle and seventh in the 100-yard breaststroke.

Gray Gladwell and Quentin Earl each participated in the 200-yard individual medley while Gladwell also swam in the 500-yard freestyle finals.

The West Ashley cross country teams each finished fourth in the region 7-AAAAA meet, which served as a qualifying meet for the Lower State meet.

The boys top finisher in the region meet was Nashawn Hicks in 20th-place overall. Noah Myers finished 32nd and Levi Wagner was 59th. Britton Plott finished 60th and Zachary McDaniel was 65th.

For the girls team, the top runner was Emily O’Toole in 23rd place. Emorie Thrasher was 28th and Rachael Forester finished 29th overall. Noelle Whitener finished 36th and Benedetta Natali finished in 37th place.

 

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