The Fort Dorchester offense spread the ball around and the Patriots’ defense was stellar during a 31-6 victory over visiting Glynn Academy.
“They are a good ball club so I’m happy,” Fort Dorchester coach Steve LaPrad said. “Anytime you don’t give a touchdown up you should win. We made some first-game mistakes that hurt us. We probably should have scored a couple more times, but really the kids’ effort I’m pleased with.”
Quarterback De’Andrae Sabb threw for 150 yards and rushed for 50 yards and a touchdown to lead Fort Dorchester past Glynn Academy during the season opener for both teams. The senior completed multiple passes to receivers Keith Desaussure and Qway Simmons and running back Kalil Jenkins.
Sabb was one of three FD offensive backs to rush for a touchdown. The quarterback capped the Fort’s first possession with a 1-yard TD run. Jenkins scored on runs of 14 yards and 3 yards while Dwayne Wright had a 70-yard TD run for the Patriots. The Fort also had a 22-yard field goal and four successful point-after kicks from senior Stephen Herron.
The Fort defense limited the visiting Terrors to less than 50 yards of offense in the first half and didn’t allowed Glynn Academy into the end zone the entire game. Chase Gabriel hit a 29-yard field goal for a 7-3 score early in the second quarter and hit a 32-yard field goal for a 24-6 score early in the fourth to account for all of the Terrors’ points.
On Aug. 30, Fort Dorchester travels to Cane Bay, which defeated West Ashley 20-12 in its season opener.
“Cane Bay’s option is a little different but they are still an option team that likes to control the football,” LaPrad said. “We are going to have to do the same thing we did tonight, but now I don’t know if we will be able to keep them out of the end zone. They have a good program and a good coaching staff so we will have to be ready to play ball.”
Cane Bay quarterback Xavier Mitchell-Brown scored on touchdown runs of 12 and 11 yards and finished with nearly 100 rushing yards against West Ashley. The Cobras also scored with a 54-yard halfback pass from Alex Mart to Robbie Pruitt.
Cobra coach Russell Zehr knows his team will need a solid effort against Fort Dorchester.
“They look as good as they ever have,” Zehr said. “It seems like they just reload every year. If we play like we did Friday, it will be similar to last year. If we clean up some things and they make some mistakes maybe we’ll have a chance.”
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