Chasin’ the big, shiny ring | Sports | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | November 17, 2016 5:00 pm
Last Updated: November 16, 2016 at 1:19 pm
Seniors Chris Reeves and Nick Padgett agree the Hawks are focused on winning back the championship rings.
By CINDY CROSBY
With 19 players on the roster who participated in last year’s state title game, Colleton Prep will know what to expect in Saturday’s state championship game against Dillon. The memories from last year’s loss will likely fuel the fire, providing them with more determination for a different outcome this season.
Senior Chris Reeves believes the War Hawks will get their mission accomplished this year. “I feel very confident about Saturday,” said Reeves. “A lot of people didn’t think we would make it back to state this year. We have worked very hard to make it happen and we deserve it. Just making it back to the title game is an accomplishment, but we are focused on those big, shiny rings.”
Reeves believes the game against Dillon will be their toughest match-up of the season. “Dillon is a very well-coached team,” he said. “They play hard, without a doubt. We are going to have to play our best football, because they are going to give us everything they’ve got. I am confident we will do the same.”
Last year’s 38-16 loss against Robert E. Lee still plays over in Reeves’ mind. “The feeling after that loss last year was awful,” he said. “I am sure those of us that experienced it last season will not want to experience it again. Watching Robert E. Lee hold that trophy up while their fans cheered, well, it ticked us off. We know we are a very good football team. We are going to be ready for Saturday — you can count on that.”
Nick Padgett, also a senior for the War Hawks, is a longtime weapon for Colleton Prep at running back. “I am feeling very good going into Saturday,” said Padgett. “I think we are all on the same page and know what we need to do to win this game. Dillon is a good team that doesn’t make many mistakes. But, I don’t have a doubt in my mind, that we can beat them.”
Padgett also has replayed last year’s loss time and again. “The loss in Columbia last November will help prepare us for Saturday’s battle,” said Padgett, “especially those of us who were on the team last season. It was not a good feeling watching the other team celebrate after all the hard work and effort we put in throughout the year. Our goal is to end Dillon’s perfect season and finish this year with a state title.”