It was just the first scrimmage of the summer so Stratford High School football coach Dennie McDaniel didn’t make too much of the final score.
“It doesn’t say a lot at all really,” McDaniel said after a 24-0 victory over Colleton County High School in a scrimmage Aug. 8 at SHS. “It was a good opportunity to get out there against somebody else. We had some good things we did and we have a lot of things to work on. We want to have an ace mentality, play with great effort and have a good attitude. We did that.”
Three quarterbacks – Josh Davis, Andrew Dunn and Jaden Maynor – tossed touchdown passes to three different skill guys.
Receivers David Washington, Tamir Simons and Darrion Jefferson hauled in scoring grabs for the Knights, who enter their second season with McDaniel at the helm this fall. Stratford’s quarterbacks distributed the ball well in the two-hour scrimmage.
Stratford’s other points came on a short field goal by kicker Jordan Ray.
“The first five plays of the ballgame we had five different skill guys touch the ball,” McDaniel said.
McDaniel would like to see more push up front in the run game as the season approaches, though. The Knights are breaking in a new group of linemen so he expects it to be a process.
“We threw the ball and pass protected well but we’ve got to get better in the run game,” McDaniel said. “When you’ve got four brand new guys on the offensive line, it’s going to take some time for those guys to mesh.”
On the other side, the Knights rallied to the ball all game long to record the shutout.
“I was pleased with how the kids flew around to the football,” McDaniel said. “Overall, it was a pretty good performance.”
The Knights are slated to host Hanahan at 8:45 a.m. on Monday, Aug. 12 (after press time) before playing two periods in Berkeley’s jamboree on Friday, Aug. 16.