MOUNT PLEASANT — Wando’s football program made a little bit of history Friday night against Fort Dorchester.
Wando quarterback Christian Hart threw for 185 yards and two touchdowns and Kenny Waring rushed for 121 yards and another score to lead the Warriors past Fort Dorchester, 32-29, Friday night before a homecoming crowd of more than 6,000.
The Warriors improved to 6-0 for the first time in school history and won their 200th game as a program.
“It’s an amazing feeling to be 6-0,” said Hart, who completed 11 of 21 passes. “No one thought we’d be where we are right now. It’s an unbelievable feeling.”
Wando’s historic victory didn’t come easy. The Warriors had to hold off a furious fourth-quarter rally by Fort Dorchester.
Trailing 32-14 going into the final quarter, the Patriots pulled to within a field goal, 32-29, after Daitwan Commodore’s 8-yard TD run with 5:40 left in the game.
After forcing a Wando punt, the Patriots took over with two minutes remaining.
Fort Dorchester appeared to get into field goal range when quarterback Baptiste Staggers completed a 27-yard pass to tight end Michael Spellman, which took the ball inside the 15-yard line with less than a minute left in regulation.
However, the clutch third-down play was nullified because the Patriots were flagged for having an illegal player downfield.
Two plays later, the Patriots’ hopes of a comeback were ended when Staggers’ desperation throw fell incomplete.
“Give Fort Dorchester credit, they didn’t quit,” said Wando coach Jimmy Noonan. “We were trying to run some clock in the fourth quarter and they did a good of stopping our offense.”
The Patriots grabbed a 7-3 lead late in the first quarter when Charles Loftland raced 58 yards for a TD. Loftland finished with 190 yards on 18 attempts.
“He’s a very good running back, but we had way too many missed tackles,” Noonan said. “That’s fundamentals and that’s something we preach from day one.”
But a 6-yard TD run by Waring and Cameron Rouse’s 1-yard TD run gave the Warriors a 17-7 lead with 4:15 left in the half.
Staggers answered with a 14-yard TD run with less than a minute left as the Patriots pulled to within, 17-14, at halftime.
Hart threw back-to-back TD passes to Rudder Brown, 29 and 35 yards, as the Warriors appeared to put the game out of reach, 32-14, going into the fourth quarter.
“We wanted to come out and be aggressive in our passing game to start the second half,” Noonan said. “Christian did a good job of executing. We need to keep this 6-0 start in perspective. It’s not even cold yet and the real contenders play their best football when the weather gets colder.”
FD 7 7 0 15—29
Wando 3 14 15 0—32
W — Casey Clawson 24 FG
FD — Charles Lofton 58 run (Luke Philyaw kick)
W — Kenny Waring 6 run (Clawson kick)
W — Cameron Rouse 6 run (Clawson kick)
FD — Baptiste Staggers 14 run (Philway kick)
W — Rudder Brown 35 pass from Christian Hart (Rouse run)
W — Brown 29 pass from Hart (Clawson kick)
FD — Eurndraus Bryant 1 run (Philway kick)
FD — Daitwan 8 run (Staggers run)