Some wish to keep playing. Others enjoy the benefits that accompany a break.
There’s a clear dichotomy when it comes to thoughts on bye weeks.
Taking the latter approach, Stratford High School football coach Dennie McDaniel said the Knights appreciate the chance to sit out on Sept. 20.
“We have thoroughly enjoyed the break,” McDaniel said. “We had some bumps and bruises coming out of Summerville week and we’ve had that stomach bug going around. We’ve had 14 kids out with it.”
The Knights rolled into Flowertown on Sept. 13 and nearly snapped a four-game skid but a 2-point try for the lead in the last minute was unsuccessful. The Green Wave returned the ensuing onside kick for a touchdown to go up 33-25 and make the margin wider than it would have been.
“We played really well at times and hopefully we proved to ourselves we can play with anybody if we play the style we want and take care of the ball,” McDaniel said.
Stratford quarterback Josh Davis threw it 53 times for more than 400 yards and four scores for the Knights and linebacker Mason Lord was in on 17 total tackles. Linebacker Sean Kohut added double-digit stops.
Receiver Damarius Anderson made 16 grabs for 161 yards and a touchdown while Jaylin Hayward caught four passes for 76 yards and two touchdowns. David Washington had six catches for 90 yards and a touchdown and Matthew Cudd hauled in six receptions for 74 yards.
Stratford is 1-2 heading into a home clash Sept. 27 with West Ashley, another Lowcountry squad with a win streak against the Knights.
They’ve lost four in a row to the Wildcats and surrendered 60-plus points in the last two encounters. The closest game for Stratford in the skid is a 21-point loss.
“It’s definitely something we’re aware of,” McDaniel said. “We’ve got to shore up some things.”
Stratford’s last win in the series was 20-19 in 2014, the final in a six-game win streak.
West Ashley dropped to 1-2 with a 28-10 loss at Goose Creek on Sept. 13.