WINNSBORO — The torrential rains that battered South Carolina caused the Richard Winn versus Carolina Academy game to be canceled, pending further notice.
“We’ve had a little bit of a short week this week not being in school on Monday, but we’ve had two pretty good practices, so we’ll be alright,” Coach Dan Dickerson said on the week’s short preparation.
The Eagles instead have to regroup for a new challenge this week, coming in the form of the Wardlaw Academy Patriots.
“We just need to keep winning,” Dickerson said.
Wardlaw should provide tougher competition than some of Richard Winn’s earlier opponents, despite two big losses of their own.
Like Richard Winn, Wardlaw has shown the capability to score a ton of points. They put up 70 against Clarendon Hall, 60 against Jefferson Davis, 56 against Charleston Collegiate and 54 against St. John’s Christian Academy.
“They’ve got three or four pretty good athletes, a whole lot better speed than what we’ve seen. They’re the one team in the region that probably matches up better with us speed wise,” Dickerson said.
Despite their offensive prowess, the Wardlaw defense has not been as steady. In Wardlaw’s two losses they have allowed a combined 132 points and only scored 50.
Dickerson also believes his team will be capable of controlling the pace and tempo of the game.
“They’re still a little bit slower as far as the pace of the game, and I think we can still dictate pace which is going to make their guys play a little bit more, a little bit faster and get lined up quicker,” he said.
The fact that this is Wardlaw’s homecoming game does not add to the pressure on the Eagles’ shoulders, according to Dickerson.
“They better hope they realize the most important thing that’s going on that night and that’s the football game. If they get caught up in all the other stuff then they’re thinking about something they shouldn’t be,” he said with a little laugh.
The Eagles will look to remain undefeated Friday in Johnston. The game kicks off at 7:30 p.m.
Timothy Wooten is a mass communications major at Winthrop University. He is from Winnsboro.