War Hawks fall in SCISA Class A Championship | Sports | The Press and Standard
by The Press and Standard | November 23, 2016 5:00 pm
Last Updated: November 22, 2016 at 10:55 am
Colleton Prep 0,
Dillon Christian 42
By CINDY CROSBY
It was not the finish they envisioned, but the journey to get there will certainly remain unforgettable for the 2016 War Hawks.
Colleton Prep ended its 2016 season with a SCISA Class A runnerup title on Saturday afternoon, following a 42-0 loss against undefeated Dillon Christian Academy at Benedict College in Columbia.
Although the loss was difficult for them to swallow on Saturday, the War Hawks have every reason to be proud of their 10-2 finish on the season and undefeated (5-0) region play.
In a game marked with six turnovers and more than a few penalties, the War Hawks failed to find an offensive rhythm on Saturday. Colleton Prep managed just 210 yards on offense, while Dillon compiled 428 yards.
The Warriors led 7-0 at the end of the first quarter following a 54-yard pass from Michael Minges to Tyreke Toomer. Dillon Christian scored twice more in the second quarter to lead 21-0 at the half. Colleton Prep’s defense held them to a single touchdown in the third quarter, but the Warriors dominated the final period, scoring two more touchdowns for a final score of 42-0.
The War Hawks struggled to find an answer for Dillon’s top offensive weapons: quarterback Michael Minges, running back Diaz Alexander (a transfer from Dillon High School who helped lead them to a state title in 2015) and Tyreke Toomer, receiver. Minges was 11-15 on Saturday with 355 total yards on offense. He had 164 yards passing and 191 yards rushing, scoring four touchdowns in the game. Toomer had five receptions for 121 yards and Alexander rushed for 85 yards in Saturday’s game.
Colleton Prep’s quarterback Fisher Jackson was 5-17 in the game, with three interceptions. He had 10 carries and accrued 46 yards on the ground. Josh Carter had two receptions for 40 yards, and Nick Padgett had two receptions for 36 yards.
Rob Gorrell, who has now led the War Hawks to back-to-back appearances in the SCISA Class A State title game, was disappointed in the loss. “Everything that could go wrong did,” said Gorrell. “Obviously, it is very disappointing. Dillon took advantage of our mistakes and made us pay each time. The first half came down to three plays — a long pass where we had a guy right there and just couldn’t make the play, a turnover on the 25-yard line where we gave up a long scramble TD on a broken play, then a defensive touchdown following a fumble on the first play of our next drive. It was then 21-0 in the blink-of-an-eye.”
At the half, Gorrell said he believed his team could come out and turn the game around. “I still thought we could win the game obviously coming out of halftime,” he said. “But after not scoring on the first couple of possessions, we got away from what we do best, because we had to score quickly. Hats off to Dillon — they are 13-0 for a reason. They are a well-coached and talented team. I thought their defense was far and away the best we faced all year.”
Colleton Prep will lose 10 seniors this year and will return four starters on both offense and defense, including quarterback Fisher Jackson.
“We begin preparing next week for the upcoming season,” said Gorrell.