Patriots host Cougars for homecoming
The Patriots host a team Friday that hasn’t won a game in a while, but Fort Dorchester coach Steve LaPrad says that’s what makes his opponent so dangerous.
Fort Dorchester (3-4, 0-1) hosts Colleton County (0-7) at 7:30 p.m. Friday for its homecoming game. The Cougars, who haven’t won a game since the 2009 season, have lost 30 straight.
“That just means they have nothing to lose and everything to win,” LaPrad said. “We are preparing for them as if they are undefeated. Despite their record, their kids keep fighting and those are the ones who scare me the most.”
Colleton does have some talented athletes. During the last few weeks the Cougars have played two close games. Colleton fell 8-6 to West Ashley and blew a sizeable lead it had over Cane Bay.
And the Cougars have a little more insight into what the Patriots like to do than some teams. First-year Colleton coach Chris Collins played under LaPrad when he was an assistant coach for Summerville. Also, current Colleton assistant coach Fred Hamilton was the Fort D defensive coordinator up until this year when he made the move to Walterboro.
“Chris knows about how I approach things, but I also know a little about him,” LaPrad said. “Fred really knows our defense, but we know what he likes to do. What’s more important is us doing the things we have to do to win when we are in a good game. We have to cut out the penalties and the big mental busts we’ve made this season.”
LaPrad says that while his team has painted itself into a corner by losing three of its last four games, his players still have good attitudes. The Patriots have played everyone close this season with the exception of Goose Creek.
“Our skills guys are dangerous and we are getting an outstanding effort week in and week out on our offensive line from guys like Nick Tononi and Tyese McDonald,” LaPrad said. “On the defensive line our two sophomores have started every game and done a great job. Everyone notices Eurndraus Bryant because of his size, but Myles White is another good one.”
Tononi and McDonald are both juniors so the Patriots should be strong in the trenches on both sides of the ball through at least next season.
In the last few weeks junior receiver De’Monte Bailey has shown he can be another offensive weapon for the Patriots. He is up to eight receptions on the year for 172 yards.
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