Yet another honor for Fort Dorchester football

Provided Fort Dorchester captain John Simpson (left) and head coach Steve LaPrad receive trophy at Wednesday's ceremony for the MaxPreps/Army National Guard Tour of Champions

The high school football season ended in December but the postseason accolades continue to roll in for Fort Dorchester High.

The most recent honor came Wednesday when the 2015 Division I-AAAA state championship team was recognized as part of the MaxPreps/Army National Guard Tour of Champions.

Before the entire student body packed into Bagwell Stadium, head coach Steve LaPrad and his team was presented with a trophy recognizing them as one of the top teams in the country. A state champion from each state is recognized with Fort Dorchester being the South Carolina selection.

Fort Dorchester was ranked 80th from a total of more than 15,000 high school programs nationally in the final MaxPreps rankings in mid-December.

“This is a great honor for our program but also for our school, so we wanted to share this with our students and faculty and administration,” LaPrad said. “It’s a very cool thing. These students made it happen for us. Winning is good but it’s great to be able to share it with all these kids. It’s good for our school.”

LaPrad says MaxPreps has indicated the 2016 Patriots will be ranked in the top 15 nationally when the season begins, adding, “they provide the ranking and somebody else provides the spanking. Not sure if we’re gonna be that good but it’s great to be recognized.”

Also recognized during the ceremony were the Fort Dorchester boys basketball team and wrestlers who are competing in the AAAA Lower State qualifier this weekend. The basketball team opened the playoffs on Wednesday night against South Florence.

“It’s good to be able to recognize everything that we do here,” LaPrad said. “We’ve already had our run and it was great. Now we can focus on the rest of the sports and pull hard for their success as well.”