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St. John’s ready to make noise in playoffs

By C.R. Cumbee

Staff Writer

Johns Island—The St. John’s football team knew it would have a chance at a region championship in 2018, but they would have to overcome defending Lower state champion Baptist Hill.

The Islanders had their chances to come out on top, but lost a heartbreaking 28-27 decision to finish the regular season at 6-4 overall.

“We played really hard and played together,” said head coach Josh Harpe.  “We played a really good football game defensively, but offensively we’ve got to execute better.  We made too many mistakes.  We didn’t play a good game offensively, but still had a chance to win the game.  It’s encouraging and discouraging at the same time.”

Now St. John’s moves its attention to the postseason, where the school has won just two playoff games in the last 12 years. 

They host Charleston Math & Science in the opening round.  The Islanders shut out the Riptide, 52-0, earlier this season and would then travel to traditional power Lake View the following Friday.

“I’d like to see us go out and play as well as we did the first time against them and get some momentum and confidence,” Harpe said.  “If we take care of business, (Lake View) should be a good game.  We want to play in those big games and have a chance to beat a really good team and gain even more confidence.”

Once the season ends, St. John’s will say goodbye to 13 seniors.  However, many of them weren’t returning starters from last season. 

The biggest losses will be running back/linebacker Tyrone Hicks, defensive end Twayne Frazier and defensive back Lavon Traeye.

The Islanders should be in contention for the conference crown again in 2019 as many key players return.  Offensive linemen LJ Nelson and Jacobe Taylor will be in their fourth year as starters up front while junior defensive back Chandler Jenkins will have two years of experience under his belt.

“We’ll really be counting on them next year,” Harpe said.

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