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Wardlaw football teams completes 7-4 season

By Gerald Doolittle

Staff Writer

Johnston - The Wardlaw Academy Patriots closed out the 2018 season with a heart breaking 26-20 loss to the Andrew Jackson Academy Confederates in the SCISA 8-Man Playoffs.

Coach Mark Rodgers had his Patriots on a roll the first six weeks of the season as they jumped out to a 6-0 start with a high scoring offense and a strong defense. The average score those first six games was 55-7.

Then, the wheels fell off starting with the Jefferson Davis game. That is where adversity started to hamper the Patriots.  Injuries started to hit hardest on the defensive side of the ball. Impact players Chandler Johnson and Zach Berry was hit with injuries. Johnson was missed on both offense and defense.

On offense Johnson had rushed for 139 yards for one touchdown and had 10 receptions for 119 yards and 3 touchdowns. On defense he had 27 tackles and 4 pass interceptions.  Two of those interceptions returned for touchdowns. 

Despite the late season slump the Patriots almost ended the 46-game winning streak of Andrew Jackson in the SCISA quarterfinal game. The Patriots rallied from a 0-20 hole to force the game into overtime where they fell short  20-26.

The 2018 Patriot rushing game was led by Will Padgett (sr) who rushed for 1466 yards on 188 carries for 20 touchdowns. Quarterback Mason Burgess (jr) rushed for 558 yards on 87 carries for 13 touchdowns.  Bryson Batt (fr) rushed for 309 yards on 37 carries for 7 touchdowns. Sam Mitchell (so) added 110 yards for 3 touchdowns.

Burgess also completed 30 of 51 passes for 500 yards and 10 touchdowns. Reid Gossett (jr) had 10 receptions for 241 yards and 4 touchdowns. Bailey Goldman (sr) had 6 receptions for 118 yards for 3 touchdowns.

Peyton Lily (so) led the defense with 116 tackles. He was followed by Gossett, Burgess and Batt with 84, 68 and 67.   Gossett also had 6 interceptions. Johnson and Burgess had 4 and 3 interceptions.

Coach Rodgers will only have to replace four seniors on his 2019 roster. Playing their last games for the Patriots were Chandler Johnson, Will Padgett, Bailey Goldman and Zach Berry.


© 2017 High School Sports Report

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