By Kelli McAlhany | Dreher Contributor
It’s been a nightmarish start to the 2019 season for Dreher. The Blue Devils began 2018 much the same way, dropping contests to both Airport and Lexington before beating Gray Collegiate. However, last season, Dreher was at least competitive in those first two games, whereas this season they’ve been outscored 82-7.
Entering this week with a disappointing 0-2 record was probably not the way Coach Treigh Sullivan would have scripted his Dreher Blue Devils early season in 2019. However, better days may be ahead as his admittedly young team, struggles to overcome inexperience while playing a challenging early season non-conference slate.
The good news? Dreher has an opportunity to get back on the right track as they host crosstown non-conference foe Gray Collegiate for a 7:30 PM tilt this coming Friday, September 6 at Memorial Stadium. After facing regional powers Airport and Lexington, the Blue Devils face yet another team that could be described as “explosive” on offense.
“We’re going to have to make tackles in space,” said Blue Devils head coach Sullivan. With a team heavily leveraged with underclassmen in key positions, experience for these exciting newcomers will continue to make these Blue Devils a team to watch.
The Blue Devils beat Gray Collegiate 28-24 last year, but fell behind 14-0 before storming back to win the game in the second half.
Gray Collegiate enters the game 1-1, and are coming off a 63-12 victory over Swansea last week. GC is averaging 55 points per game in their two games so far this season. and are now ranked eighth in the most recent 2A SCHSL Media Poll.
Hunter Helms, the GC quarterback, is off to a blazing start. He broke the school record with six touchdown passes in their game against Swansea. Helms threw for over 6,000 yards and 50 touchdowns over the previous two season.
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