It’s not a routine week for the Swamp Fox football program, but it’s not business as usual for Ashley Ridge’s opponent either.

Ashley Ridge (4-1) has one less day to prepare this week as it will host Wando (3-2) Thursday evening for a televised game. Making things worse for the Swamp Foxes is that they aren’t sure if first-string quarterback Jacob Thompson, who left last week’s game in the first half with a leg injury, will be able to play. Ashley Ridge coach Kenny Walker says Thompson is recovering, but it will be a game-day decision whether or not he will play.

Wando is at a bigger disadvantage as far as preparation time this week as the Warriors’ game with Colleton County was pushed back to Monday. However, not playing Friday gave the Wando staff an opportunity to scout the Foxes themselves.

They were at our game Friday and we exchanged film,” Walker said. “They were able to see in person some of our packages and the personnel we use. I’m not sure if we have too much of an advantage going into this because you also need to factor in that Wando has some lineman with NFL heights and weights. That can even things up for them quickly.”

The Warriors returned all their starters on the defensive line this year. Anchoring the group is defensive end Gimel President, an Auburn commit.

Wando only returned two starters on offense, but hasn’t had any problem scoring touchdowns this season. On Monday, the Warriors handed Colleton County a 17-0 loss.

The have some guys who are in the 6-5 to 6-9 range and weight over 300 pounds so they have that advantage, but hopefully our technique and speed will equalize that,” Walker said. “We will not be able to stand in front of them and expect to do well. We will have to move our guys around and make it difficult for them to keep up.”

Thompson has been one of the key players for the Foxes this season. However, he is not the team’s only offensive weapon.

If Jacob is unable to go we do have some alternatives,” Walker said. “You may see Romelo Doctor at quarterback a little bit, but there are also some other things we could do that Wando might not be ready for. Our offensive staff spent a lot of time this past weekend putting together a good plan if we need it.”

With Thompson sidelined last week, Doctor stepped up as the hero for Ashley Ridge. The Foxes put him in at QB and he ran the wildcat offense with great results.

Doctor rushed for 196 yards and three TDs on 23 carries and completed a 21-yard TD pass to Seamus McKinney to lead his team to a 31-14 victory at James Island. His longest scoring run came from 59 yards out.

Running back Vernon Moree had 86 rushing yards on 16 carries. Dalton Robinson was 4 for 4 on extra-point kicks and made a 19-yard field goal for the Foxes.

The Ashley Ridge defense also had a good night. The Foxes held explosive James Island QB Justin Bolus to under 100 rushing yards and forced three Trojan turnovers.

Contact Roger Lee @ 873-9424 ext. 213 or rlee@journalscene.com