Patriots travel to the snake den

  • Thursday, September 5, 2013

The Patriot defensive front will pose a big obstacle for the Cobras this week. ROPER-PHOTOGRAPHY.COM

Cane Bay will try to get its offense going this week when it hosts Fort Dorchester.
The Cobras are coming off a 28-0 loss to Summerville, but that game wasn’t as lopsided as the score makes it seem. The Green Wave held the Cobras to only 102 yards of offense and it would be hard to defend that but the Cane Bay defense showed promise last week.
The Cobras held Summerville to less than 35 yards on nine of the Wave’s 13 drives and one of Summerville’s other drives netted only 42 yards. Summerville had two scoring drives of 56 and 55 yards in the first half and one scoring drive of 89 yards late in the game.
The Cobras seem to have the weapons to move the ball. Quarterback Devin Kilgore showed he presents a dual threat last year and running back Ramonte Frasier has also had success at the Class AAAA level. If the duo gets off to a fast start it could open things up for the Cobra offense but they will need better support than they received last week.
Unfortunately for the Cobras, the Patriots carry much more momentum into the contest. Fort Dorchester is coming off a 62-14 win over Carolina Forest.
The Patriots ran amuck in their season opener, rolling off nearly 700 yards of offense. Sophomore Datron James tallied 278 yards rushing and scored a touchdown. Senior Matt Murray added 165 yards and two scores while senior Nahshon Cyrus rushed for 178 yards and three TDs.
The Patriots have a lot of experience, and size, on the defensive side of the ball. Linemen Myles White (6-5, 230), Eurndraus Bryant (6-2, 340) and Eugene March (6-3, 275) will make it hard for the Cobras to run inside. The Cobras are better equipped for perimeter running anyway, but the Fort’s answer to that will be its talented group of linebackers that is led by Kevyne Flores (6-0, 225) and David Govan (6-0, 215).
The good news for the Cobras is the Patriots’ skills players aren’t as tested as the rest of the Fort team.
If the Cane Bay linemen can keep the pressure off Kilgore, he may be able to take advantage of the Patriots’ youth in the secondary.
If the Cobras can stop the Patriots rushing attack, that would force the Fort to prove it can move the ball through the air with a largely untested quarterback and group of receivers.
Last year, Cane Bay got off to a slow start in the game, but rallied to take the Fort into overtime. Big plays were the key to the rally.
The Patriots eventually won 34-28 and now hold a 1–0 advantage in the series.
Kickoff is scheduled for 7:30 p.m. Friday.
 
Contact Roger Lee @ 873-9424 ext. 213 or rlee@journalscene.com

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