Patriots should be healthier for homecoming game

  • Thursday, September 26, 2013

The return of linebacker Kevyne Flores (left) should make the Patriot defense stronger this week. ROGER LEE/JOURNAL SCENE

The Patriots host Wando Friday for Fort Dorchester’s homecoming game.
Both the Warriors (2-3) and the Patriots (2-2) have experienced success this year, but are coming off back-to-back losses so everyone involved will be hungry for a win.
Fort Dorchester is coming off losses to Stratford and Goose Creek and has victories over Carolina Forest and Cane Bay. Wando is coming off losses to Colleton County and Summerville and has wins over James Island and Ashley Ridge.
“Wando is feisty and they sure gave Summerville some trouble,” Fort Dorchester coach Steve LaPrad said. “That was a tight game until Wando had some break downs on special teams.”
One of the major keys to handling Wando is stopping junior tailback Kenning Waring, the defending Class AAAA state 100-meter dash champion. Waring has left guard Nolan Kelleher, a University of Florida commit, to help open holes for him and the combo has proven pretty effective this season.
The Warriors have used two quarterbacks this season so when they aren’t utilizing Waring the Patriots can expect just about anything.
The Warrior defense only returned two starters this year. Early in the season the unit seemed to be tough, surrendering an average of only 13 points per game. But over the past three weeks, the Wando D has surrendered an average of 34 points per game.
Fort Dorchester has faced a tougher schedule this season and has battled injuries. However, this week the Patriots should be fairly healthy.
“Last week three of our starting linebackers were out and we only had one senior playing in the defensive backfield,” LaPrad said. “We’ve had a lot of injuries, but we should have all of those starters back except one.”
Free safety D.J. Commodore has taken up some of the slack for the Fort defense and served as the leader on that side of the ball amidst all the injuries.
“D.J. has really been solid for us this season,” LaPrad said.
After missing a lot of action the past couple of weeks, senior linebackers Ryan Chaya and Kevyne Flores are expected to return to the staring lineup this week.
The banged up Fort D has surrendered an average of 26 points per game this season, but that number is inflated by the 49 points Goose Creek scored last week. The Patriots held both Carolina Forest and Cane Bay to 14 points.
The Fort offense is averaging 34.5 points per game.
In his first season a the Patriot starter, junior QB Kobe Garrett has proven he can run the ball well and throw it well. The Fort also has several running backs who are dangerous.
Last week, senior Matt Murray rushed for 164 yards against the Gators while Garrett rushed for 100 yards and completed six passes for 92 yards. They both had a pair of TD runs.
Senior Corey Rawlings made three of the receptions for approximately 55 yards but isn’t the team’s only receiving threat. D’Monte Bailey had three catches for 27 yards last week and Rashad Palmer had a 19-yard reception.
Contact Roger Lee @ 873-9424 ext. 213 or rlee@journalscene.com

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