Northwestern too much for Knights

  • Saturday, December 7, 2013

Rob Gantt/Gazette Northwestern quarterback Mason Rudolph runs for a touchdown in the first quarter against Stratford.

Columbia - The best season for Stratford’s football program in nearly a decade came to a heartbreaking end on Saturday afternoon.

The Knights lost to Northwestern 62-35 in the Class AAAA Div. II championship inside Williams-Brice Stadium in front of over 7,000 fans on a cloudy, overcast day.

“Two things happened,” SHS coach Ray Stackley said. “We didn’t play very well and they’re pretty dadgum good.”

It was the first appearance in the championship for the Knights since they lost to Rock Hill 21-7 to end the 2004 season.

It was the last game for 20 Stratford seniors, including quarterback Jacob Park and most of a defensive unit that powered the Knights into the final.

The Trojans, playing in their fifth title game in six seasons, finish with a perfect 15-0 season, the second time they’ve done that since 2010.

Stratford committed eight turnovers on the afternoon.

The Trojans built up a 35-14 advantage in the opening half, getting four touchdown passes and one touchdown run from Oklahoma State commitment Mason Rudolph.

Rudolph finished 38 of 54 for 483 yards and eight touchdowns. Trojans receiver Dupree Hart hauled in 21 passes for 255 yards and four touchdowns.

Park finished his Stratford career by going 21 of 39 for 325 yards and four touchdowns but was picked off four times and fumbled twice.

For more photos and information on the game, please see this week’s Gazette.

Comments

Notice about comments:

Summerville Journal Scene is pleased to offer readers the enhanced ability to comment on stories. We expect our readers to engage in lively, yet civil discourse. We do not edit user submitted statements and we cannot promise that readers will not occasionally find offensive or inaccurate comments posted in the comments area. Responsibility for the statements posted lies with the person submitting the comment, not Summerville Journal Scene.

If you find a comment that is objectionable, please click "report abuse" and we will review it for possible removal. Please be reminded, however, that in accordance with our Terms of Use and federal law, we are under no obligation to remove any third party comments posted on our website. Read our full terms and conditions.



Summerville Journal Scene

© 2014 Summerville Journal Scene an Evening Post Industries company. All Rights Reserved.

Registration on or use of this site constitutes acceptance of our Terms of Service, Privacy Policy and Parental Consent Form.