University of Georgia offensive coordinator Mike Bobo made the four-hour drive from Athens to watch Stratford quarterback Jacob Park put on a performance.
He didn’t leave disappointed.
Park threw for 323 yards and one touchdown and ran for another score to lead Stratford past Fort Dorchester, 26-13, Friday night before a crowd of more than 4,000 at Bagwell Stadium.
Park, who has verbally committed to the Bulldogs, displayed his full arsenal of passes that has made the 6-4, 210-pound senior one of the top high school quarterbacks in the country.
Park completed 16 of 28 passes, including an 85-yard TD pass in the first half.
“I’ve kind of run out of adjectives to use to describe Jacob,” said Stratford coach Ray Stackley. “He had another great game for us.”
Fort Dorchester quarterback Kobe Garrett might have opened some eyes as well. The junior had 241 yards of total offense and scored two TDs on the ground. Garrett, a junior, was 13 of 17 for 127 yards in the air and added 114 yards on 22 rushing attempts.
“He’s a magician,” Stackley said. “He’s about as good a quarterback as they’ve ever had here and he’s only a junior. We had a tough time getting him on the ground.”
The Knights grabbed a 7-0 lead on their first possession as Jordan Johnson capped a 62-yard drive with a 7-yard TD run with 4:47 left in the opening quarter.
The Patriots answered on their next possession as Garrett scored on a 17-yard run. The Patriots appeared to score on a 61-yard fake punt by Corey Rawlings, but the play was called back because of an illegal block. The Patriots did score four plays later to cut the gap to 7-6 with 1:51 to play in the opening quarter.
After a Tyler Tekac 25-yard field for Stratford, the Knights pushed their advantage to 16-6 on Park’s 85-yard TD pass to Thad Thompson. Park hit Thompson at the 40-yard line and the Knights wide receiver eluded a tackler at midfield and raced into the end zone for the score.
“Thad can take it to the house from anywhere on the field,” Park said. “He’s got that kind of speed. If he gets an opening, he’s going to score.”
The Patriots closed the gap to 16-13 when Garrett capped another long drive with a 5-yard TD run with 8:48 to play in the game.
But Park answered again, completing a 61-yard pass to Tyree Scoggins that took the ball down the Patriots’ 11. Three plays later, Park ran in from a yard out to give the Knights a 23-13 advantage with 7:45 to play.
“We showed we’ve got a lot of heart on this team,” Park said. “Every time they scored, we had an answer for them. That’s the sign of a team with a lot of heart.”
Stratford 7 9 0 10—26
Fort Dorchester 6 0 0 7—13
S – Jordan Johnson 7 run (Tyler Tekac kick)
F – Kobe Garrett 17 run (kick failed)
S – Tyler Tekac 25 FG
S – Thad Thompson 85 pass from Jacob Park (kick failed)
F – Kobe Garrett 5 run (Riley Rozanski kick)
S – Jacob Park 1 run (Tyler Tekac kick)
S – Tyler Tekac 28 FG