Saturday, August 23, 2014
Bishop England wanted a challenge similar to what lies ahead. Wando wanted a final tune-up for its defense. Both found what they were looking for in Day Two of the 44th annual Sertoma Football Classic.
Wando ran away with a 35-0 win over Bishop England in the finale of the annual jamboree at Johnson Hagood Stadium.
In the renewal of a classic Lowcountry rivalry, both coaches of the neighboring schools expected a passionate start. Now, for Bishop England, it’s about maintaining that energy for four quarters against deeper competition. Three schools from higher classes await the Bishops in the first five weeks of the season.
“We kind of got tired,” Bishop England head coach John Cantey said. “First quarter, good back-and-forth, and we kind of wore out.
“When we go against West Ashley, a AAAA team, it’ll be a lot like this. They’re going to go two-platoon and our guys will be on the field. This helps us get in condition and get that feel for substitutions, sudden changes and what that’s going to be like. So it was a good experience for us.”
The Bishops forced a turnover on downs and a punt on Wando’s first two possessions only to stall out themselves at the Warrior 12- and 31-yard line.
Wando quarterback Bailey Hart and receiver Zola Davis sparked the Warrior offense late in the first quarter, leading a 70-yard scoring drive that took just over a minute. Hart and Davis hooked up for big gains twice on the drive before connecting on a 35-yard touchdown to break the scoreless tie.
“It was kind of shaky there at the beginning,” Wando head coach Jimmy Noonan said. “But I’m proud of the way our guys just settled down and said ‘Hey, let’s run our stuff.’”
The touchdown opened the floodgates for the Wando rushing attack that controlled the second quarter. Kenny Waring punched in a 2-yard touchdown on fourth-and-goal. Kevin Brown scored on runs of 12 and 15 yards, and Ryan Williams broke loose up the middle for a 25-yard score.
Bishop England fumbled inside its own 40-yard line twice in the final five minutes.
“I expect our guys to come out and play like this,” Noonan said. “(Bishop England) always has a great program. And they’re going to be fine in their league. We’ve got to keep the accelerator on the floor because AAAA football is unforgiving.”
Wando opens the regular season next week at White Knoll, while Bishop England hosts West Ashley.
Garrett 7, PCA 0
Palmetto Christian fell, 7-0, to Garrett in one quarter Friday.
Garrett marched 70 yards in nearly six minutes on its opening drive. Senior Jamie Cooper took a sweep 12 yards to the end zone for the game’s only score.
The Eagles forced fourth-and-5 at their own 25-yard line on Garrett’s opening possession and third-and-7 at their own 35-yard line on the Falcons’ second. Palmetto Christian couldn’t hold on either, but first-year head coach Chris Shimakonis liked what he saw out of his defense.
“We’re very close to getting those stops,” Shimakonis said. “It has to do with getting our personnel right, our substitutions right, and we’ll really work on that as a staff this week.”
David Diel broke a 15-yard run on the Eagles’ first play from scrimmage, but Palmetto Christian struggled to move the ball the rest of the day.
“A lot of great energy,” Shimakonis said. “It’s up to us to get a little more organized. We scrambled around a little bit, but I’m very proud of how the kids played.”
Palmetto Christian opens the season Aug. 29 at Porter-Gaud.