The ride is over for more than 30 seniors on this year’s Fort Dorchester Football Team, but the group leaves knowing it did its part to keep standards for the program high.
“I mean they only lost four games,” Fort Dorchester coach Steve LaPrad said. “What else do you need to say? They have done a great job.”
Over the past two seasons the Patriots’ varsity team has a 20-4 record and one of the losses came by forfeit after Fort Dorchester defeated Glynn Academy on the field in 2018. The seniors who were three-year varsity lettermen helped the team win 33 games against only five losses and capture two region championships.
Fort Dorchester finished the 2019 season with an 11-1 record after falling to three-time defending state champion Dutch Fork in the third round of the playoffs.
Quarterback/running back De’Andrae Sabb completed 50 of 85 pass attempts his senior year for 775 yards and three touchdowns while throwing only six interceptions. He also rushed for 639 yards and 15 TDs, averaging 5.4 yards per carry.
Running back Kalil Jenkins rushed for 333 yards and eight TDs, averaging 7.2 yards per carry.
Senior receiver Qway’Jon Simmons made 39 receptions for 503 yards and five TDs, averaging 12.9 yards per catch. Antoine Parker (11 yards per catch), Joel Seaman (20.6 yards per catch) and Daqueze Washington (30.5 yards per catch) also contributed heavily to the Patriots’ passing attack.
With the seniors leading the way, the Fort defense dominated many of its opponents. Defensive end Emmanuel Johnson (a North/South selection) made more than 90 tackles this season including 12 sacks and 30 total tackles for a loss. Linebacker Darryle Ware (a Shrine Bowl selection) had more than 80 tackles including eight sacks and a total of 21 tackles for a loss. Da’Quan Robinson, Maccio Montgomery and Brandon Johnson (a North/South selection) also finished their senior season with more than 50 tackles each.
Senior defensive back Kasan Edwards led the team in pass breakups with 14 while Jy’Heim Wilson and Cameron Mitchell had eight each and Michael Wooden had four. Wilson also blocked 12 kicks this season.
Kickers Stephen Herron, Chase Wilson and Jonathan Guzman are all seniors so the team will only have one kicker returning next season. In addition to his contributions to the receiving group, Seaman was also the Fort’s punter.
However, the Patriots will have a base of returners to build upon next season. Multiple linebackers and a pair of linemen who were among the team’s leading tacklers this season should return. The secondary should also return some experienced players including the one who led the team in interceptions this season.
Offensive players expected to return include a quarterback who threw for more than 1,000 yards and 12 TDs this season, the team’s leading rusher and its leading receiver.