SUMMERVILLE — College football coaches from across the country will be parked outside of Stratford coach Ray Stackley’s office for the next 18 months, and for good reason.
Once again, Stratford standout quarterback Jacob Park put on a clinic and showed why he is one of the top junior quarterbacks in the South in Friday’s 56-21 victory at Ashley Ridge.
Park is a big-time recruit, but he can’t sign a national letter of intent until February 2014. In the meantime, he will make life miserable for opposing defenses.
The 6-4 Park completed his first four passes of the game for 131 yards and a score, and added two touchdowns on runs of 2 and 8 yards to give the Knights a 21-7 lead early in the second quarter. The Swamp Foxes could not recover, and the Knights had their fourth victory against no losses.
“He’s pretty special,” said Stackley after watching Park complete 10 of 15 for 258 yards and rush for 88 yards.
Park threw two bombs in the first half, both to Jordan Johnson. The first went for 46 yards and the second for 49. Johnson also had an 18-yard TD reception to cap the Knights’ first drive of the game.
Ashley Ridge turned the ball over five times and continued to struggle after reaching the Division II-AAAA state semifinals last year.
The Swamp Foxes, picked to win the Region 8-AAAA title, fell to 1-3 with losses to Goose Creek, Wando and the Knights.
Stratford gained 511 total yards to Ashley Ridge’s 356. The Swamp Foxes’ defense continues to concern coach Kenny Walker.
“The defense was absolutely embarrassing,” Walker said. “You can’t play assignment defense and have players do their own thing. I thought our offense, other than the turnovers, showed improvement. We might have to reevaluate some players on defense.”
The Swamp Foxes got off to a good start Friday with a 10-play, 77-yard drive to begin the game. Quarterback Jacob Thompson capped the drive with a 4-yard run to give his team a 7-0 lead.
The Swamp Foxes cut the lead to 28-14 with 15 seconds left in the first half when Thompson scrambled for a 6-yard score.
But Stratford’s Chris White returned the kickoff 78 yards for a score and Stratford had a 35-14 halftime lead.
Romelo Doctor rushed for 146 yards on 15 carries for Ashley Ridge. Thompson had 144 yards passing and 37 yards on the ground.
Stratford 14 21 14 7—56
Ashley Ridge 7 7 7 0—21
AR—Jacob Thompson 4 run (Cameron Smith kick)
S—Jordan Johnson 18 pass from Jacob Park (Tyler Tekac kick)
S—Park 2 run (Tekac kick)
S—Park 8 run (Tekac kick)
S—Jamar Stevens 8 run (Tekac kick)
AR—Thompson 6 run (Smith kick)
S—Chris White 78 kickoff return (Tekac kick)
S—Park 6 run (Tekack kick)
AR—Thompson 5 run (Smith kick)
S—Stevens 11 run (Tekac kick)
S—Tyree Scoggins 1 run (Tekac kick)