Thursday, October 31, 2013
Stratford’s defense turned in one of its better performance just in time for the offensive juggernaut that appears to be the South Florence Bruins.
The Knights recorded their second shutout of the season, 21-0 over West Ashley on Friday, setting the stage for a battle of unbeatens this Friday against the high-octane Bruins in Florence.
Like Stratford (9-0), South Florence has a perfect record. The Bruins have outscored opponents 421-95. They’re coming off a 48-19 win over Conway.
“They’re ranked sixth or seventh in the state and are very athletic on both sides of the ball,” Stratford coach Ray Stackley said. “We beat them last year (31-14) but they have nearly their entire team returning.
“It’s a huge challenge … we will have to play much better than we have played in the past few weeks.”
The lone opponent Stratford has in common with South Florence is Sumter. South Florence defeated the Gamecocks 28-21 on Oct. 11 and Stratford beat Sumter 42-28 on Sept. 6.
Against West Ashley, Knights running back Jordan Johnson carried 10 times for 107 yards and put the finishing touches on the victory with a 52-yard scamper for a score in the fourth quarter.
Stratford’s first two scores came in the first and third quarters. First, B.J. Wright pounced on a blocked punt in the end zone. Then, Tyree Scroggins hauled in a 2-yard touchdown pass from Jacob Park.
Defensively, linebacker T.J. Deveaux made 11 tackles and a sack, while linebacker Michael Simmons made seven tackles, including two for lost yardage. He also picked off a pass. Lineman Joe Cook had eight stops and caused two fumbles, recovering one of them. The Knights defense also blanked Colleton County this season, 43-0 on Sept. 27.
After South Florence, the Knights host city rival Goose Creek, which also enters this week with a 9-0 mark.
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