Bobcats find balanced attack

Baptist Hill takes a 3-0 record into Friday's game against North Charleston. Photo provided

The Baptist Hill offense showcases playmakers who can run, throw, catch and score from any place on the field. On defense, the Bobcats have pitched two straight shutouts and have allowed only eight points in three games.

The Bobcats are a complete team and have climbed to No. 10 in the latest state media poll of the top Class A teams.

But coach Marion Brown isn’t looking back on what his team accomplished as the Bobcats prepare for a 7:30 p.m. game Friday against the winless North Charleston Cougars. He says the work has just begun.

“North Charleston is better than their record,” Brown said. “After that, we have a game at Charlotte Christian and then we travel to Midland Valley. Those are two tough challenges.”

Success is nothing new to the Bobcats. They went 7-4 last fall and won the Region 6-A championship. But a funny thing happened on the way to postseason success. The Bobcats were eliminated in Round 1. Cross, meanwhile, finished third in the region yet went on to win the Division II-A state title.

The lesson learned was that it’s better to peak late rather than early.

“This year, we can be as good as we want to be,” said Brown. “We have a lot of determination, and we have a goal. But for now, we take it one game at a time.”

The Bobcats also have talent. It begins with quarterback Troy Harrison, who had a change in priorities this season. He made football his No. 1 consideration.

“For the first couple of years, my focus was on basketball,” he said. “Now, football is first and basketball is second. All my effort, right now, is football.”

Harrison has shown improvement every week. He riddled Burke’s secondary last week in a 37-0 victory. He passed for 262 yards and three scores while running for 87 yards and two more TDs.

“He’s having a super year because he’s focused,” Brown said of Harrison. “This is his fourth year in the program, and this is now his priority.”

But Harrison isn’t the only playmaker on the Bobcats’ roster. Wide receiver DeAngelo Frasier is averaging more than 20 yards per reception and had a couple of TD catches last week. Running backs Dakota Holmes and Rashad Holmes both average more than 10 yards per carry.

Wide receiver Dominique Brant and running back Shaquille Coles keep the yard-line chains moving. Phil Hamilton anchors both the offensive and defensive lines.

“We have a lot of players who can make plays,” Harrison said. “We can go far as long as we stayed focused. We have to keep working so we can stay ahead.”