WINNSBORO — Richard Winn went from contending for a number one seed to scratching for a playoff birth after two consecutive loses. This marked the first time the Eagles have lost back-to-back games since 2013.
The Eagles were initially set to play King Academy this past week, but the game will be counted as a forfeiture.
“That’s a forfeit, because they had to cancel their varsity season, so that is a win,” Coach Dan Dickerson said.
The playoff fight will continue this week against the powerhouse that is Andrew Jackson Academy. The Confederates are 10-0, and most recently obliterated Newberry Academy, 70-0.
Andrew Jackson Academy has scored 240 points over the last two weeks, and not allowed a single point.
The closest thing that represented a challenge for the Confederates was week two when they won 28-8 over Greenwood Christian.
The Confederate offense has been a juggernaut. They have put up at least 70 points on three different occasions.
Andrew Jackson’s defense has bordered on shut-down as they have shut-out four opponents , and only given up double digit points twice.
Still, Richard Winn should not be counted out, even if they are the underdogs. Aside from the two losses, the defending SCISA champions have been able to use their speed and athleticism to keep opponents off balance.
“We will be at full strength this week and plan on using our speed and the pass,” Dickerson said on this week’s match-up.
October has not been the Eagles best month, but they did catch a break when Carolina Academy lost to Greenwood Christian, this past Friday.
The Carolina Academy loss means they will have to face Richard Winn for the last playoff spot, no matter the result of the Andrew Jackson game.
“Win or lose, we are going to have to play Carolina for the number four spot. So we are kind of fighting for our football lives,” Dickerson said.
The two teams were set to meet earlier in the year, but the game was taken off the schedule due to raining and flooding. Now, with the emerging playoff battle, the game must be played.
“The game with Carolina became something we have to do,” Dickerson said.
Kick-off for the Andrew Jackson game is at 7:30 p.m. Friday in Winnsboro. The Carolina Academy game will played Nov. 2 or Nov. 3. The location has yet to be named.
Timothy Wooten is a mass communications major at Winthrop University. He is from Winnsboro.