The Patriots spotted the Wildcats 21 points Friday, but once Fort Dorchester got going it took care of business.
After falling behind 21-0 early in the game, Fort Dorchester rallied to earn a 28-21 victory over West Ashley. The Patriots improved to 4-2 with the win while the Wildcats fell to 4-2.
“I’m proud of the way our team came out and played in the second half,” Fort Dorchester coach Steve LaPrad said. “We didn’t play great, but it was better than the first half. Our defense played very well and offensively we ended up with about the same stats as we usually do. We got the win so that’s good.”
West Ashley jumped out to a 7-0 lead in the first quarter with a touchdown run by tailback Marquize Jenkins. In the second quarter, the Wildcats added a TD run by quarterback Pedro Manigault and a TD pass to Antony Vincelli to take a 21-0 lead.
Fort Dorchester didn’t get on the board until the final minute of the half when tailback Matt Murray carried for a 1-yard TD. The Patriots ran into trouble on the conversion play and entered the half trailing 21-6.
“Every team has a game like that from time to time,” LaPrad said. “West Ashley played well, but also we had two touchdowns called back on holding penalties and we did hold on those plays. West Ashley didn’t turn the ball over any in the first half and when they don’t turn the ball over they are hard to stop.”
But the Patriots caught some breaks in the second half and shutout the Wildcats in the final two quarters.
Fort QB Kobe Garrett scored on a 7-yard run to help his team keep momentum.
After a fumble recovery gave the Patriots a short field, Murray scored his second TD of the night on an 18-yard run in the fourth quarter to tie the game. Another fumble led to a 30-yard TD run by senior Nahshon Cyrus that gave the Fort the lead.
West Ashley mishandled the ensuing kickoff and the Fort recovered. The Patriots were unable to put the ball into the end zone again, but chewed up a lot of clock on a drive deep into Wildcat territory. The Fort then held off the West Ashley offense for the final 2:35 of the game.
“Eurndraus Bryant led a great defensive effort and on offense we did some good things in the second half,” LaPrad said. “Nahshon Cyrus has been very sturdy for us the last couple of games and he was a work horse Friday. D’Monte Bailey had a nice catch on a third-and-long that sustained a scoring drive for us.”
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