Fort Dorchester defensive tackle Eurndraus Bryant has never heard of former Clemson and Chicago Bears defensive tackle William “The Refrigerator” Perry.
But the 6-2, 335-pound Bryant did a pretty good imitation of “The Fridge” on Friday night against Wando.
Perry became famous for scoring touchdowns for the Super Bowl champion Chicago Bears during their 1985 season.
Like Perry, Bryant is making a name for himself in short-yardage situations for the Patriots.
Bryant rushed for 32 yards and scored three touchdowns to lead Fort Dorchester past Wando, 41-13, Friday night at Bagwell Stadium.
The Patriots improved to 3-2 on the season, while the Warriors, who lost for the third straight time, fell to 2-4.
Bryant, a junior, scored on runs of 5, 2 and 3 yards, showing off some nifty footwork around the goal line.
“He’s a load when he gets going,” said Fort Dorchester coach Steve LaPrad. “He’s a big, strong kid, but he’s got good feet. There are not many people that can stop him once he puts his head down and starts going toward the end zone.”
The Warriors certainly tried but had little luck getting Bryant on the ground.
“We didn’t tackle very well tonight,” said Wando coach Jimmy Noonan. “I thought Fort Dorchester won the game at the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball.”
Patriots running back Nahshon Cyrus rushed for 87 yards on eight attempts and scored two TDs on runs of 12 and 3 yards.
“Nahshon ran hard, I thought our offensive line did a good job tonight,” LaPrad said.
It was the Patriots’ defense that keyed the victory, allowing less than 200 yards of total offense and forcing three Warrior turnovers. The Patriots recorded five quarterback sacks and three other tackles for loss.
“Defense really played well all game,” LaPrad said. “Our defensive line did a great job tonight.”
Wando struggled again on special teams, having a punt blocked that was recovered by Fort Dorchester’s Jerod Lacy in the end zone for a TD. A bad snap set another Patriots score.
“We’re not helping our cause, especially on special teams,” Noonan said. “That’s two weeks in a row.”
The one bright spot for the Warriors was running back Kenny Waring, who finished with 87 yards on 17 attempts and two TDs.
Wando 0 0 13 0—13
Fort D 13 15 6 7—41
FD – Jerod Lacy recovers blocked punt in end zone (Riley Rozanski kick)
FD – Eurndraus Bryant 5 run (kick failed)
FD – Nahshon Cyrus 12 run (Kobe Garrett run)
FD – Eurndraus Bryant 2 run (Rozanski kick)
W – Kenny Waring 44 run (Clayton Rosenbaum kick)
FD – Eurndraus Bryant 3 run (kick failed)
W – Waring 3 run (kick failed)
FD -- Nahshon Cyrus 3 run (Rozanski kick)