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Knights move to 7-0

  • Wednesday, October 16, 2013

Rob Gantt/journal Scene Stratford’s defense rallies to the ball to make a tackle on Cane Bay’s R.J. Griffin during the opening half of the Knights’ 42-7 victory.

Some wins are simply ho-hum in nature. Nothing spectacular necessarily happens. One team is just loads better than the other and the scoreboard reflects what most people expected to happen.

In Stratford coach Ray Stackley’s mind, Friday night’s Region 7-AAAA victory at Cane Bay was a situation just like that for the Knights.

Stratford went up 21-0 less than 17 minutes into the game and coasted to a 42-7 victory over the outmanned Cobras at CBHS.

“It was a little bit of a lackluster performance by us,” Stackley said. “They’re struggling. We came in and scored quick, went through a lull, and then put 21 points on the board in the first two quarters.”

Stratford stayed unbeaten on the season, moving to 7-0 and 1-0 in the region.

The Cobras are still winless at 0-7 and it doesn’t get any easier on Friday with Goose Creek coming to visit. The Gators are also 7-0.

Named to the Shrine Bowl team a day earlier, Stratford quarterback Jacob Park was 17 of 31 passing for 159 yards and ran for 46 yards.

In all, he had a hand in four touchdowns, including three on the ground. His scoring runs covered 34, 2 and 5 yards, and the touchdown reception went to Tyree Scroggins from 28 yards out. His passes were distributed to seven different receivers.

Scroggins and Chris Allen had 50 yards receiving each.

The Knights also got 112 yards on the ground from Jordan Johnson.

“We need to run it more,” Stackley said. “We came in thinking we’d work on our run game. Jordan ran it well and Jacob carried it several times in our option game.”

Cane Bay’s lone sustained drive came in the closing minutes. Bridges Howard scored on a 1-yard run with 54 seconds left to prevent the shutout.

Initially Stratford’s defense held inside the 5 but was flagged for pass interference on a fourth-down play, allowing the Cobras a second chance.

Linebackers Cecil Smith and Michael Simmons led the defense with seven total tackles each. Fellow linebackers T.J. Deveaux and Menre Rice added five stops apiece.

Deveaux also pounced on a fumble in the end zone for a touchdown to give the Knights’ their final score of the game. Safety Taylor Morrison made four tackles and broke up two passes.

The Knights host Wando on Friday when they look to end a two-game losing streak to the Warriors. Wando won 42-7 in Mount Pleasant last fall and won 22-7 in 2011 on Crowfield Boulevard.

“They’ve had our number the last two years,” Stackley said. “We know they’ll be a tough opponent.”

The Warriors are coming off a 38-32 win over West Ashley.

Stackley thinks it will take a lot more to knock off Wando than it has most teams this season.

“We’re inconsistent right now,” he said. “We’re at the point where we need to start tightening things up.”

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