Orangeburg Prep football finishing strong in 2014
By David Shelton
Orangeburg – The Brock Miller era as Orangeburg Prep’s head football coach got off to a slow start but the first season of Miller’s tenure is finishing strong.
The Indians opened the season with four consecutive losses and sat at 1-5 heading into the last month of the regular season. Since then, Orangeburg Prep has rallied to win three of their last four games and enter the regular season finale against Calhoun Academy with a chance to finish second in the region standings.
One must take into consideration the caliber of competition Orangeburg Prep opened the season with. Three of the team’s six losses came to AAA powers Hammond, Wilson Hall and Laurence Manning.
Another loss came to defending state AA champion Florence Christian and the Indians lost to Ben Lippen, another AAA playoff team this season. The sixth defeat came to Curtis Baptist, a state title contender in class A.
Prep enters the game against Calhoun on a two-game winning streak. In last week’s 48-22 win over Spartanburg Christian, junior Hart Harley rushed for 142 yards and three touchdowns. Harley leads the Indians in rushing with 617 yards and has four touchdowns. Senior Chris Brown has rushed for 615 yards and five touchdowns.
Senior Tim Schriver and sophomore Huntley Wolfe have shared time at quarterback. Schriver has 512 yards passing and three touchdowns while Wolfe has 336 yards and seven touchdowns through the air.
Senior JJ Union continues to lead the Indians in receiving with 32 receptions for 510 yards and seven scores. Harley has 13 receptions for 201 yards.
Union also handles punting duties for the Indians and averaging 35.9 yards per punt, with a long of 53 yards.
Defensively, senior Hunter Anderson leads the Indians with 79 tackles. Junior Chap Stewart has 56 tackles and Union has 42 tackles. Senior Bryan Hare has 38 hits and senior Ben Ridgeway has 37 tackles, including three for loss.
Freshman Bill Metts has totaled 35 tackles while Schriver and Harley each have 30 tackles.
Brown has a team-high four interceptions while Union has three picks.
Orangeburg Prep’s volleyball team ended its season with a 19-11 overall record this fall. The team was loaded with underclassmen and should be a region contender next season.
Juniors Victoria Williams, Lauren Arant and Ashlyn Fralix led the team in kills this season. Junior McKenzie Morrell led the team with 59 aces while Fralix led the team in digs.
Sophomore Morgan Baltzegar and Morrell led in assists with Baltzegar finishing the season with the highest serve percentage.
A young girls’ tennis team, with no seniors, looks forward to a better fall in 2015. Sophomore Adison Walter played number one singles and sophomore Sarah Paige Bozardt played number two singles.
Sophomore Annie Robinson played three singles and sophomore Keagan Riser played four singles. Junior Darla Altman played in the five singles position and sophomore Riley Frierson played number six. Freshmen Shriyam Patel and Cina Patel also saw court time this fall.
The doubles team of Bozardt and Walter ended the season with four victories.