At the conclusion of Friday night's game between rivals West Ashley and Bishop England, the players from West Ashley made a point to seek out Bishop England senior offensive lineman Hudson Little and offer words of encouragement and support.
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Cane Bay at Fort Dorchester
Goose Creek at Ridge View
Colleton County at James Island
Sumter at Stratford
Hilton Head at West Ashley
Wando at Ashley Ridge
Berkeley at Summerville
Cane Bay at Fort Dorchester
Bishop England at Hanahan
North Charleston at Stall
Timberland at Cross
Academic Magnet at Military Magnet
Allendale-Fairfax at Garrett Tech
Lake Marion at Woodland
St. John's at Whale Branch
Palmetto Christian at Lincoln
Laurence Manning at Pinewood Prep
Cardinal Newman at Porter-Gaud
First Baptist at Christian Academy
Wardlaw at Charleston Collegiate
Northwood at Hilton Head Prep (5 p.m.)
Dorchester at Holly Hill Academy
Greenwood Christian at St. John's Christian
Henry Academy at James Island Christian
Cathedral at Coastal Christian
Faith Christian at Beaufort Academy
Earlier Friday, Little's mother had a cancerous tumor removed. Following West Ashley's 55-14 victory, the Wildcat players made sure they found Little in the post-game handshake line.
"I thought it was a real classy thing to do on their part," said Bishop England head coach John Cantey. "I suppose Bobby (West Ashley coach Bobby Marion) told his team and those guys, I think every player shook his hand and offered support. I know it meant a lot to him and to his family. We're all praying for a recovery."
Wave's record falls
Summerville football's state record of 41 consecutive wins, established from 1978-1980, was broken last Friday night when Christ Church Episcopal School of Greenville defeated Abbeville, 28-21, for its 42nd consecutive victory.
Christ Church, winner of the last three Division I Class A state championships, will likely stretch its record into the 50's this season. The Cavaliers have a relatively easy schedule through the rest of the regular season.
For those who don't remember Summerville's win streak, the Green Wave posted back-to-back 14-0 seasons in 1978 and 1979, then went 13-0 in 1980. The streak was snapped in the state championship game when Summerville lost to Irmo, 23-0.
Losing streak ends
Whitmire High School's football program celebrated deep into the night last Friday when it snapped the state's longest losing streak (44 games) with a 42-0 win over Calhoun Falls.
Whitmire's last win prior to Friday came in week seven of the 2009 season.
In a battle of Catholic school volleyball powers, St. Joseph's of Greenville defeated Bishop England in the Gold bracket finals of the Porter-Gaud Invitational over the weekend.
In addition to the 2-0 win over Bishop England, defending Class A state champion St. Joseph's beat area Class AAAA power Wando in the semifinals, 2-1. Porter-Gaud beat Ashley Hall in the quarterfinals but lost to St. Joseph's in the semifinals. Bishop England reached the finals with a 2-0 win over First Baptist.
In the Silver bracket championship, Savannah Christian Prep beat Boiling Springs, 2-0.
Jamila Johnson of St. Joseph's was named tournament MVP. Teammates Kaley Thompson and Allison Whittle also were named all-tournament.
Rounding out the all-tournament team were Landon Jones (Savannah Christian Prep), Daley Gosnell (Wando), Lauren Percy (Ashley Hall), McKala Rhodes (First Baptist), Marla Sagatelian (Porter-Gaud), and Montana Swanson and Victoria Boals (Bishop England).
Stratford's Joe Marion, Garrett's Nick Hopp, St. John's Christian's John McCall and Colleton Prep's Thad Wells all picked up their first head coaching victories at their new schools last Friday night.
Lincoln's James Graham, James Island's Ike Allred and Faith Christian's Dale Feagin all recorded their initial wins at their new programs in Week Zero.
Gators come up short
Goose Creek's football team traveled to Dayton, Ohio, last weekend to participate in the Backyard Blitz. The Gators lost, 14-7, to Pickerington Central in a defensive struggle, but coach Chuck Reedy felt the experience was good for his team.
"They were a very good, physical football team and I think playing that level of competition will help us down the road," the coach said. "They were comparable to the better teams in our state. I was certainly disappointed to lose the game, but hopefully we learned some things about our football team," he said.
Goose Creek played without leading receiver Deondre Daniels and starting fullback Evan Ullery, and failed twice on fourth-and-goal from the one-yard line during the game.
"That hasn't happened in 13 years here," Reedy said. "Not having Evan hurt us. He's a 225-pound fullback and he would have given us a better chance to score. "
Goose Creek will travel to Columbia for a game with Ridge View this Friday before their 2014 home opener against Summerville next week.
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