The Patriots capped their 2019 schedule Nov. 1 by serving up a dish of sweet revenge at Summerville’s Memorial Stadium.
Fort Dorchester rallied in the second half to claim a 35-17 victory over cross-town rival Summerville. The victory avenged a 2018 loss to Summerville that broke a four-game Patriots’ winning streak in the series.
“For the whole team, this game is the one that meant the most to us,” Fort Dorchester senior De’Andrae Sabb said. “We lost to them last year in Bagwell Stadium so we definitely didn’t want to lose here. This is one we just had to get back.”
Fort Dorchester improved to 9-0 on the season with a 4-0 mark in region play to clinch the Region 8-AAAAA Football Championship. Summerville fell to 6-3 and 3-1 and finishes as the region runner-up. Both teams will host in the opening round of the playoffs.
The Patriots moved the ball on their first two possessions, but both drives ended with linebacker Roan Shawver recovering a Fort fumble deep inside Summerville territory.
Summerville took advantage of the turnovers with a 54-yard touchdown pass from Colby Shirey to Perry Wilder and a 27-yard TD run by Wilder for a 14-0 lead with Brayden Gregory’s two PAT kicks.
In the second quarter, the Patriots got on the scoreboard with a 35-yard pass from Zolten Osborne to Keith Desaussure. Summerville answered with a 37-yard field goal from Gregory. Then Osborne hooked up with Desaussure again for a 44-yard gain to the Green Wave 1-yard line and Sabb rushed for a touchdown to cut the lead to 17-14 with Stephen Herron’s second of five successful extra-point kicks of the night.
Trailing by 3 points, Fort Dorchester came out for the third quarter and didn’t allow Summerville near its end zone in the second half.
“We had great energy and we didn’t want to let up,” Fort Dorchester defensive lineman Coswell Gipson said. “We knew if we kept the energy up the second half that the coaches would keep us right so we just balled.”
Fort Dorchester junior running back Dwayne Wright had a 28-yard TD run in the third quarter while Sabb scored on a 12-yard run for a 28-17 Patriots’ lead entering the fourth quarter.
Wright capped the scoring with a 62-yard TD run with just more than four minutes remaining.
“We played some good defense and took advantage of their turnovers and that allowed us to stay in it, but we couldn’t make enough big plays in the second half on offense,” Summerville coach Joe Call said. “Our defense was just on the field too much and they are a great team. They bumped their safeties up and widened their linebackers out a little. We tried to give them something they hadn’t seen, but they are just too good up front.”
Sabb finished with 132 rushing yards and completed 8 of 9 pass attempts for 63 yards.
“He can play running back, receiver, quarterback, man he is an athlete,” Fort Dorchester coach Steve LaPrad said of the senior. “I think he learned tonight what his real value is to this team.”
Wright finished with 151 rushing yards on 14 carries. Desaussure finished with 8 catches for 133 yards and Qway Simmons had 4 catches for 51 yards.
Summerville QB Colby Shirey completed 7 of 14 pass attempts for 155 yards and rushed for 33 yards. Wilder finished with just more than 100 total yards. Receiver Brody Hopkins had two receptions for 58 yards.
Fort Dorchester held Summerville to 78 rushing yards. The Patriots had 290 yards on the ground. The game marked the long awaited return of Fort Dorchester lineman Damari Joyner, who missed much of the season with an injury.
The Green Wave now leads its series with the Patriots 22-8. However, Fort Dorchester has won five of the last six games in the series.
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