It’s been five days since Colleton Prep’s big victory over Dillon Christian, and Warhawks’ coach Ryan Bishops’ circulatory system has finally returned to normal.
Colleton Prep didn’t secure the 10-6 victory until there was less than a minute to play. The Warhawks caused a big turnover to clinch a spot in Saturday’s SCISA Class A state championship game against Williamsburg Academy. The game is slated for 3:30 p.m. at Benedict College’s Charlie W. Johnson Stadium.
“I tell you it was about a heart attack and a half,” said Bishop, who is in his first year as head coach at the Walterboro school. “As a coach, you always want those lopsided wins. But this was about as close as it could get.”
With a third-and-9 from Colleton Prep’s 10-yardline with 59 seconds left in the game, Dillon Christian fumbled a pitch on a play in which Bishop and his coaches called for an all-out blitz. Will Carter recovered the ball, and the Warhawks had possession and the victory.
Bishop is no stranger to Colleton Prep playing in the state championship. He played at the school under Brock Miller from 2001-04, and played in three title games, winning two in the school’s golden era of football
His labor is one of love. He and his staff are volunteers and there is no paycheck.
“We do it for the kids,” Bishop said. “These kids have worked so hard. Even after a loss, they would come in Monday ready to go. From the first day of the season, the coaches felt we had the potential,” Bishop said. “But we had a lot of young players with some experience. “Plus, this is my first year as head coach. We had our work cut out for us, and we did it.”
MMA Thanksgiving Classic
Military Magnet will host its second annual Thanksgiving Classic from Nov. 27-30, and 14 teams will be in this year’s field, including 10 boys’ teams and four girls’ teams.
The boys’ field includes first-time entries Bishop England, Garrett Tech and Baptist Hill. The rest of the field includes Military Magnet, Coastal Christian, Lincoln, Greenville Tech, Stall, Baptist Hill, Pinewood Prep and defending champ Wando.
Girls’ teams include Military Magnet, Bishop England, Stall and Baptist Hill
Boys’ first-round play on Nov. 27 includes Military Magnet vs. Coastal Christian, 5 p.m.; Lincoln vs. Greenville Tech, 6:20 p.m.; Bishop England vs. Pinewood Prep; 7:40 p.m.; and Wando vs. Garrett Tech, 9 p.m.
Six games are scheduled for the following day, including a pair of girls’ games: Military Magnet vs. Bishop England, 11 a.m.; and Baptist Hill vs. Stall, 12:15 p.m. The rest of the games include winner’s and loser’s bracket play.
The girls’ championship will be at 12:15 p.m. Nov. 15, and the boys’ championship is slated for 5:30 p.m.
The early National Signing period concludes Wednesday after a one-week run, and more student-athletes have signed.
Berkeley baseball player Connor Teague has signed with Newberry, while West Ashley baseball player Jonathan Mooring has signed with the College of Charleston. James Island baseball player Daniel Wilcutt also has signed with the College of Charleston, while Trojan softball player Britton Miller has signed with Brevard College.
Bishop England swimmer Jack Story has signed with the College of Charleston, while Travis Morrin, who swam for the Mount Pleasant Swim Club, signed with the University of South Carolina.
Jeremiah Bohon signed with the University of South Carolina.