WINNSBORO — Richard Winn Academy scorched its first three opponents and last Friday night, Newberry Academy was no exception.
This Friday, Richard Winn will host the Clarendon Hall Saints in their annual homecoming game. The Eagles come into homecoming riding a wave of confidence.
“They’re feeling pretty good about themselves, but we have our job cut out for us with homecoming this week,” Coach Dan Dickerson said.
Clarendon Hall is currently 2-2, after a 78-74 victory over regional opponent Laurens Academy, but they have yet to score a win on the road.
Dickerson does not want his team to stray far from what got them to 4-0.
“We just want to keep doing what we do, play fast, smart and physical,” he said.
Last week,the Eagles of Richard Winn exploited the Eagles of Newberry Academy to the tune of 54-0. This was Richard Winn’s first shutout of the season, something Coach Dickerson calls “unusual” in 8-man football.
“It felt good. We played up to our potential. We played about as good as we can,” Dickerson said about Friday’s performance.
Other than collecting nine penalties for 121 yards, the Eagles had very few weaknesses.
“We’ve got to be more disciplined, we had way too many penalties of the big variety,” Dickerson said.
One more weakness Dickerson pinpointed was the Eagle’s pass defense, seemingly their only vulnerability this season, aside from penalties.
“We spend 20 to 25 minutes a week trying to get better. We see too much run and most people we play are going to run more than they throw. They may only throw ball one to two times, so we have to be careful in the secondary because it can come back to hurt us,” he said.
Despite breezing through the early portion of their season the Eagles know it is too early to begin thinking about a championship repeat.
“Next week is the fifth game, six more before the playoffs and anything can happen. Andrew Jackson is our last game and Wardlaw will be tough. We have to play these tough games first,” Dickerson said.
Dickerson knows the team is capable and even considers this year’s team “in someways a good bit better” than last year’s team.
“Defensively the addition of Chris Christianson has made us better in the middle. Offensively we’re quicker than last year. Jon and Webb have gotten faster, and Gunnar is doing a great job,” he said.
Homecoming kick off is at 7:30 p.m. Friday.
Timothy Wooten is a mass communications major at Winthrop University. He is from Winnsboro.