The teams representing the four public high schools in Dorchester County took on each other during a jamboree Aug. 16.
Ashely Ridge, Fort Dorchester, Summerville and Woodland high schools participated in the annual Dorchester County Showdown at Summerville’s Memorial Stadium. Each team played in two quarter-long scrimmages against a pair of their Dorchester County counterparts. Only two managed to score.
“We played a lot of kids tonight so that is good,” Fort Dorchester coach Steve LaPrad said. “We’ve got a tough game next week and while we’ve practiced hard it’s good to play somebody besides ourselves. A lot of the kids have never been out in front of a crowd so it’s always good to put them in this kind of environment.”
After two junior varsity scrimmages, the varsity action began with a scrimmage between Ashley Ridge and Summerville.
The Green Wave prevailed 7-0. In his varsity debut in front of a home-town crowd, sophomore quarterback Colby Shirey darted through the Swamp Fox defense to score on a run from inside the 20-yard line. Brayden Gregory then added the extra-point kick for the Wave. Throughout the night Shirey continued to demonstrate his legs can be a valuable asset to Summerville.
Ashley Ridge turned right around and played Woodland. After Woodland moved the ball with some quick strikes early in the contest, Ashely Ridge made a defensive stand to take possession on downs. After three punts and a fumble recovery, the scrimmage ended in a 0-0 tie.
The Wolverines played Fort Dorchester next and fell 14-0 during the scrimmage that featured the most offense of the evening. The Patriots prevailed 14-0 with running back Dwayne Wright scoring on a 5-yard run and quarterback De’Andrae Sabb connecting with receiver Antoine Parker on a 23-yard touchdown pass.
The second Fort score was set up when linebacker Darryle Ware recovered a fumble on Woodland’s side of the field. Stephen Herron and Chase Kennedy each hit an extra-point kick for the Patriots.
The final scrimmage put Summerville up against rival Fort Dorchester. The Patriots came out on top 7-0.
Senior Fort defensive back Cameron Mitchell intercepted a Wave pass on Summerville’s opening possession and returned the ball inside the 10. A few plays later, running back Kalil Jenkins found the end zone on a short run. Herron added the ensuing extra-point kick.
After a pair of punts by each team, Michael Wooden intercepted a Summerville pass in the closing seconds.
“To be able to get out here in our uniforms and kind of get the pre-game jitters out of the way by playing a couple of rivals under the lights is good,” Summerville coach Joe Call said. “Because of the heat, we always practice in the morning so we don’t get to practice under the lights and that is what jamborees are for. Now we’re looking forward to starting our regular season next week.”
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