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Colleton Prep to compete for Region 2-A title
on Friday against Thomas Heyward.

By CINDY CROSBY
cindyc4@yahoo.com
Photos by JEFFERY MUSGRAVE
Colleton Prep walloped John Paul II last Friday evening, 56-21, setting themselves up to compete for the Region 2-A title this week against Thomas Heyward (6-3, 4-1). The War Hawks (7-1, 4-0) are currently ranked No. 2 in SCISA Class A rankings behind No. 1 Dillon Christian (8-0, 5-0).
The War Hawks will travel to Ridgeland Friday, looking to return as region champions and begin their “No Surrender” playoff journey in hopes of a return trip to the state title game at Benedict College in Columbia.
Putting 28 points on the board in the first quarter this past Friday, the War Hawks tacked-on 14 more in the second to go into halftime leading 42-7. John Paul scored twice in the third quarter and CPA added another touchdown to maintain a 49-21 lead at the end of the third quarter. Adding a final touchdown in the fourth quarter, the Hawks easily earned the win, 56-21.
Accumulating 508 all-purpose yards against the Golden Warriors, including 342 yards rushing and 166 yards in passing, Colleton Prep allowed John Paul just eight first downs the entire night and held them to 239 total yards.
Quarterback Fisher Jackson completed 8-12 passes for 166 yards and two touchdowns. He also had 93 yards on the ground for a 259 total. Nick Padgett scored three touchdowns in the game, two rushing and one receiving, for 196 total yards. Wil Hughes, Jesse Murdaugh and Gabe Barnes also scored in the game.
“Defensively, our ones played well Friday night, except for one play, where we missed a couple of tackles and they got outside for a touchdown,” said Head Coach Rob Gorrell. “Other than that, they did not get a single first down. Offensively, our first group played well. Fisher had a good game throwing and running.”
Colleton Prep utilized its bench for much of the second half on Friday evening. “It was good to get the younger guys in the game,” said Gorrell.
“Everyone got to play a lot, which is great, because they are a big part of this team too. I had to chew their tails out when they sleep-walked through the first possession of the second half and let John Paul II march right down the field for a touchdown. But, after that, I thought they played very well on both sides of the ball. Riley Smoak played well in the second half and it was a great team win.”
With a region championship looming, Colleton Prep is on the brink of a storied season for a second year under Coach Gorrell. “This is a big week for us as we take on Thomas Heyward for the region championship,” he said.
“The guys are excited to play a big game and ready to get to work preparing.”

 

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