Weather hinders Patriots’ preseason activities

  • Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Photos by Roger Lee/Journal Scene Junior Tabarius Hartzog returns a kick for the Patriots.


The Patriots weren’t able to get all their preseason scrimmages in, but looked pretty good against the team that refused to play them in the regular season.

“Scrimmages went ok for us,” Fort Dorchester coach Steve LaPrad said. “We got rained out for our second one and didn’t get but a quarter in which will hurt us some. We didn’t get enough snaps in.”

The Patriots did get a full scrimmage in against Camden earlier this month and handled James Island well Friday in their final scrimmage of the post season. Fort Dorchester moved the ball some both with its rushing game and passing game and scored both on the ground and through the air against the Trojans.

Before James Island had a coaching change, the Trojans’ coaching staff refused to play both Fort Dorchester and Summerville this season. James Island is moving up from Class AAA to Class AAAA this season and the former head coach didn’t want to play those teams as part of his non-region schedule.

Fort Dorchester went up 27-0 in the scrimmage and took a 40-13 advantage into the final quarter. Several skills players had the opportunity to showcase their talents during the event.

However, LaPrad feels there is still room for improvement.

“We still have a lot of work to do on both sides of the ball,” he said. “Our defense is a little ahead of our offense right now but that has a lot to do with our maturity level. We have a lot of starters back on defense.”

Fort Dorchester opens its regular season Friday with a game at South Florence. The Patriots have their home opener at 7:30 p.m. Aug. 29 when they host Carolina Forest.


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