WINNSBORO — Richard Winn Academy breezed through another challenge Friday in Blackville, downing Jefferson Davis Academy, 50-0.
Head Coach Dan Dickerson credited his team on both sides of the ball, but also gave credit to an undermanned Jefferson Davis team.
“We just played real well. They were kind of shorthanded, they had eight players out due to injuries, I thought they played extremely well though, played hard, played the whole ball game,” he said.
This week the Eagles set their sights on last year’s SCISA runner-ups, Carolina Academy. The two regional foes clashed in last year’s state championship game, with Richard Winn coming out on top, 50-14.
“They do the same kinds of things. They’re one of the most disciplined teams that we’re likely to face,” Dickerson said.
The Carolina Academy Bobcats, the 2013 SCISA state champions, have gone 3-0 since losing their first game to Wardlaw Academy, and shut out King Academy this past week.
“Again, they’re going to be very disciplined. They’re not going to make mistakes, they’re not going to do things that’s going to hurt themselves, and so we have got to make sure we do a good job of doing of the same,” Dickerson said.
Dickerson recognizes his team will have to avoid “foolish penalties” against such a disciplined team. Richard Winn was penalized eight times for 80 yards against Jefferson Davis, and penalties are the only real problem the team has had this season.
Defensively, the Eagles have only given up two points over the last three weeks. Jefferson Davis was held to just 68 yards of total offense, but actually lost 95 yards on the ground.
The Eagles defense will need to keep up their intensity this week, because Carolina Academy’s offense might prove to be the Eagle’s most formidable challenge yet this season.
“They’re pretty tough. They don’t hurt themselves, they get the ball and they’ll drive it on you. We’ve got to make sure we get a couple of stops, that’s the big thing,” Dickerson said.
Dickerson is confident his defense will rise to this challenge, just as they have risen to every other challenge this season.
“I feel pretty good about the fact that we have been playing real good defense. In the last three weeks nobody has scored on us. We’re going to make some adjustments to try make ourselves a little less predictable,” he said.
The kick off for this SCISA championship rematch will be Friday at 7:30 p.m. in Lake City.
Timothy Wooten is a mass communications major at Winthrop University. He is from Winnsboro.