In the postgame huddle, Dennie McDaniel’s message was clear to a squad dealing with a disappointing homecoming loss. The Stratford High School football team still controls its own destiny.
On Friday, the Knights (3-3, 1-1 Region 7-AAAAA) hit the road to see if they can bounce back from a 15-7 loss to Wando High School. They travel to Cane Bay to tangle with the Cobras, who own a win streak in the series between the Berkeley County rivals.
Cane Bay is 4-3 overall and 1-1 against region foes after clipping James Island on a last-second field goal on homecoming. The Cobras lost to Goose Creek, 49-7, in their region opener.
“Each game in region is important,” McDaniel said. “We all want to get to the playoffs and it’s all about how you do in the region. Cane Bay has run the ball really well in the past. You know they’re going to be coached really well on defense.”
The Cobras won 42-28 last season, their fourth straight victory against the Knights.
McDaniel’s team led 7-2 at the break but couldn’t finish off the Warriors. Wando scored a pair of touchdowns in the second half to beat the Knights for the fourth straight time.
“I saw a lot of fight in my kids,” McDaniel said. “There are no moral victories and we’re not happy with the outcome but what a great job by the defense. They played lights out. They kept us in the game. The offensive performance is on my shoulders. I’ve got to do a better job getting us prepared.”
The Knights were averaging 28.8 points before the Wando game but had three turnovers and just 259 yards versus the Warriors.
Freshman defensive back Jakai Robinson made a pair of interceptions in the first half to highlight the Knights’ defensive performance.
Stratford’s lone touchdown was a 35-yard touchdown pass from quarterback Josh Davis to running back Javion Taylor in the second quarter.
An 18-yard pass from quarterback Braden Pritchard to Maken Glover gave Wando an 8-7 lead in the third quarter and the Warriors made it 15-7 late in the fourth quarter on a 1-yard touchdown plunge.
Davis was 14 of 30 for 209 yards for Stratford and Jaedon Alston rushed for 62 yards. Receivers Matthew Cudd (46 yds), David Washington (43 yds) and Jaylin Hayward (35 yds) made three grabs each. Damarius Anderson led in yards with 50 on two catches.
On the season, Davis has passed for 1,287 yards and seven touchdowns. Alston is the leading rusher with 393 and five scores. Cudd has 22 grabs for 303 yards.
After Cane Bay, the Knights host Berkeley High School on Oct. 25.