Knights blank Colleton County; Wave up next
Stratford continued to dominate Colleton County on Friday night, keeping the Cougars out of the end zone for the fourth straight season.
Stratford improved to 5-0 with a 43-0 victory over Colleton County in Walterboro. The Knights have won the last four meetings by a combined score of 183-0.
Knights quarterback Jacob Park played just a half and passed for 231 yards and three touchdowns. Two of those went to Tyree Scroggins (70, 39) and another to Jordan Johnson (36).
Park also scored on a 1-yard plunge.
On defense, inside linebacker T.J. Deveaux had 14 total tackles, including three for lost yardage. Stackley said it was Deveaux’s best game since moving from outside linebacker. Michael Simmons and Cecil Smith added eight tackles each. Smith also had an interception.
Kicker Tyler Tekac made field goals from 27 and 31 yards and knocked home all five extra points.
The Knights broke the game open with 24 points in the second quarter and led 31-0 at the half.
The Knights now take on longtime Lowcountry rival Summerville, which is 4-1. Last season, Stratford ended a 10-game losing skid against the Green Wave, winning 41-17.
“Summerville is a much improved team compared to last year,” Stackley said. “We beat them handily last year but this is a different team a year later, as are we. They are the best team we will have played to date at 4-1. They are a much-improved team defensively, and (Sawyer Bridges) has a year in the system and is distributing the ball very effectively in the passing game.”
Summerville is coming off a 35-14 win over previously unbeaten West Ashley. The Green Wave’s only loss was a competitive battle with Goose Creek (34-17).
Summerville’s Bridges completed 15 of 27 pass attempts for 200 yards against West Ashley and the Green Wave defense made six sacks, including three by defensive lineman Kawuan Cox.
Summerville coach John McKissick said getting pressure on Park is a big key this week.
“We will have to get off our blocks and put pressure on (Park),” McKissick said. “He is good and they do a good job getting passes off quickly when they need to. They also have a strong running back and their defense is basically the same as it was last year when they beat us. We have our work cut out for us.”