Fort Dorchester’s Dakereon Joyner is considered one of the top sophomore high school quarterbacks in the nation.
You’d get no argument from Wando coach Jimmy Noonan.
Joyner accounted for 463 yards of total offense and had a hand in seven touchdowns as Fort Dorchester trounced Wando, 63-0, Friday night at the Patriots’ Bagwell Stadium.
Joyner passed for 258 yards and three TDs, rushed for 143 yards and three TDs and caught a 62-yard TD pass for good measure.
About the only thing that the 6-2, 190-pound sophomore failed to do Friday night was be named the homecoming king at halftime.
“It’s not just me, I’m not the only one out there making plays,” Joyner said. “It all starts with the offensive line. They do most of the work. They open the holes and give me time to throw. It’s all because of them.”
The Patriots set the tone on their first offensive play from scrimmage when Joyner faked a handoff and raced around the right end 67 yards for a TD.
“Great call from coach (Steve) LaPrad, and the offensive line gave me a lot of room to run,” said Joyner, who carried the ball 11 times and scored on runs of three and six yards later in the game.
Fort Dorchester coach Steve LaPrad said he had been hesitant to let Joyner run the ball early in the season due to a nagging injury.
“He was probably 50 or 60 percent the first three games,” LaPrad said. “I think he’s finally healthy again. He’s about 100 percent and you could tell. When he put his foot in the ground he took off tonight.”
Joyner completed 10 of 25 passes for 258 yards and threw TD passes of 2, 29 and 63 yards. “I sat down with Dakereon a couple of weeks ago and reminded him that he told me he wasn’t going to play football when he was in middle school,” LaPrad said. “He wanted to be a basketball player. I watched him play football a couple of times and knew he would be something special. He’s on track. He’s a hard worker, he’s humble and he’s a good team guy. He’s everything you could ask for.”
Having already rushed for three TDs and thrown for two, Joyner showed off his receiving skills in the third quarter.
After a double reverse, wide receiver Adonicas Sanders ended up with the ball and found Joyner all alone coming out of the backfield. Joyner caught the ball at about midfield, eluded one Wando defender, and raced untouched into the end zone to give the Patriots a 49-0 lead early in the third quarter.
As good as Joyner and the Patriots offense was, the defense was even better, shutting out a Warriors offense that had been averaging more than 30 points a game.
“Wando has a great offense and I was really proud of the way our defense played,” LaPrad said. “We got physical with them. We’re still pretty young on that side of the ball. We gave up some rushing yards, but they did a good job.”
The Warriors were plagued by miscues all night. Wando turned the ball over five times and then had three bad snaps that ended promising drives in the first half.
Wando running back Kevin Brown finished with 109 yards on the ground and Ortre Smith had six receptions for 66 yards.
W 0 0 0 0 -- 0
FD 14 21 21 0 -- 56
F – Dakereon Joyner 67 run (Matt Granger kick)
F –Adonicas Sanders 29 pass from Dakereon Joyner (Granger kick)
F – Dakereon Joyner 6 run (Granger kick)
F – Datron James 10 run (Granger kick)
F – Dakereon Joyner 3 run (Granger kick)
F – Diondre Champaine 2 pass from Dakereon Joyner (Granger kick)
F – Dakereon Joyner 62 pass from Adonicas Sanders (Granger kick)
F – Raquan Simmons 63 pass from Dakereon Joyner (Granger kick)