Thursday, September 26, 2013
A Summerville-area team will get its first win of the season Friday.
Ashley Ridge and Cane Bay high schools both enter a 7:30 p.m. game in The Swamp with an 0-4 record so someone will get to celebrate.
The schools both opened the same year and have played each other every year since. Add to that their proximity and you have yourself a rivalry.
The Cobras rallied last year to earn a 36-28 victory but Ashley Ridge holds a 4-3 advantage in the series. Ashley Ridge blew out Cane Bay in 2011, but all the other games were decided by one or two scores.
Cane Bay has been outscored 118-48 this season and has losses to Summerville, Fort Dorchester, Berkeley and Beaufort. Ashley Ridge has been outscored 163-91 while falling to Goose Creek, Wando, West Ashley and Stratford.
Ashley Ridge coach Kenny Walker says this year’s game with the Cobras will come down to basics.
“Whoever makes the least amount of mistakes, both penalties and turnovers, will win the game,” Walker said. “Their defense swarms to the football and their offense has three players that we will have to contain.”
Cobra running back Ramonte Frasier is under rated and can cut through any defense if given a slight opening. Quarterback Devin Kilgore is a dual threat and, like Frasier, became a starter early in his Cane Bay career.
The Cobra defense played well in its season opener against Summerville. However, the Ashley Ridge offense is showing signs of improvement.
Tyler Garland is developing as a running back and last week the Swamp Foxes had approximately 150 yards and a TD through the air. Donovan Thompson and Sean White lead a group of promising receivers and QB Chandler Avenel now has four games under his belt.
Special teams have been a plus for Ashley Ridge all season. Even against Goose Creek, the Swamp Foxes broke big plays with their special teams.
Last week, Thompson finished with 297 all-purpose yards after returning a punt 90 yards for a TD and a kickoff 98 yards for a TD.
The night marked the first time in Ashley Ridge history that a Swamp Fox player has returned a punt for a score. Including Thompson’s, there have only been two kickoff returns to go for a TD in school history.
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