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St. John’s football ready to bounce back from loss

By C.R. Cumbee
Staff Writer

Johns Island—The St. John’s football team got off to a solid start to the regular season, winning four of its first five games, including knocking off a couple of bigger schools in North Charleston and Waccamaw.  
Unfortunately, the Islanders were brought back down to earth by Calvary Day (Ga.), getting shut out, 54-0.  However, head coach Josh Harpe thinks his team will use that as motivation for the rest of the year.
“I was disappointed because I thought we could have given them a stiffer test, but I’m still extremely proud of the kids.  They’ve continued to get better each week and have overcome some adversity,” Harpe said.  “If we make it to Columbia (for the state championship), that game will be the turning point of our season.  When I talked to them after the game, I saw a team that was mad.  They’re going to do everything they can to get to that point.”
St. John’s will have some extra time to iron out their mistakes as it has a week off before beginning conference play the following Friday.  They will face Military Magnet and Charleston Math & Science before taking on Baptist Hill Oct. 26.
“This is our bye week, so we’re going to get back to work on the fundamentals to try to get better.  Then we’ll focus on Military Magnet and try to get ready for the playoffs,” Harpe said.
If the Islanders expect to contend for the region title, they will lean on several key players down the stretch.  Tyrone Hicks has come on strong at running back, but the coaches are trying to limit him offensively because he is so valuable on defense at middle linebacker.
Tyrus Richardson has been another steady hand in the backfield while Travis Wynn is a consistent threat at wide receiver.  Patrick Washington has returned a couple of kickoffs for touchdowns on special teams, and is trying to work himself into the offense more often.
Defensively, the leaders have been Hicks, Sean Lowry and defensive end Twayne Frazier, who has a team-high six sacks.

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