Behind a stingy defense that limited West Ashley to 122 yards, Stratford rebounded from its only loss and trounced the Wildcats, 34-0, at Wiley Knight Stadium on Friday night.
West Ashley was coming off two straight games of collecting more than 500 yards, but the Knights shut the Wildcats down in all phases of the game.
“Our defense played very well tonight,” said Stratford coach Ray Stackley. “We had great preparation by our coaches this week.”
Stratford (8-1, 2-1 Region 7-AAAA) wasted no time in getting on the board as they drove 82 yards on their first series with junior quarterback Jacob Park hitting Chris German from 4 yards out to make it 7-0 with 4:54 left in the first quarter.
Senior Noah Shuler capped a 48-yard drive with a 9-yard run early in the second quarter to make it 14-0. The Knights scored on their third consecutive drive of the half when Park hit KJ Givens on a 25-yard pass to make it 21-0 at the half.
Park hit German for the second time, this one also a 4-yard TD pass, early in the third quarter to make it 27-0. Park completed 8 of 13 passes for 121 yards and three TDs.
Stackley was pleased with his quarterback after a couple of sub-par performances.
“He was more like himself tonight. He scrambled well and did a good job of throwing off the scrambles.”
Shuler completed the scoring with a 42 yard run late in the third quarter. Shuler was the leading rusher on the night with 86 yards on 12 carries.
West Ashley (1-8, 0-2) was held to 58 yards on the ground and QB Pedro Manigault completed 5 of 16 passes for 64 yards.
It doesn’t get any easier for West Ashley as it next hosts undefeated Goose Creek, while Stratford goes out of conference and hosts West Florence.
West Ashley 0 0 0 0— 0
Stratford 7 14 13 0—34
S — Chris German 4 pass from Jacob Park (Tyler Tekac kick)
S – Noah Shuler 9 run (Tekac kick)
S – KJ Givens 25 pass from Park (Tekac kick)
S – German 4 pass from Park (kick failed)
S — Shuler 42 run (Tekac kick)