Joshua Ford | Waccamaw Contributor
Waccamaw is set to face Hannahan for the final game of the season at Warrior Field on Senior Night. The 6-3 (2-2) Warriors just need to win this game to secure a No. 3 seed in the playoffs in what turned out to be a tight region.
The Region 3A-VII standing currently sit at:
Bishop England 4-0
Academic Magnet 0-4
The Bishops and Monarchs will play on Daniel Island to decide the region champion.
The Hawks have an overall record of 1-7, which is a far drop from their 9-4 record a season ago when they were the region champs. Hannahan beat Waccamaw 41-7 last year.
If Hannahan wins and Georgetown beats Academic Magnet, the three teams will be tied for third, meaning Waccamaw would finish fifth, missing the playoffs.
“They’re much better than what their record says,” Warriors head coach Shane Fidler said. “I’m sure they’re disappointed in what their record is so they’re coming in here with a statement to make.”
Senior center Jacob Holdrige returns from an ankle injury that kept him out of last week’s 49-0 victory over Academic Magnet. He’ll be met with a tough defensive front.
“I don’t understand how their record is what it is what the athletes they have,” Holdridge said. “Their nose guard … he’s a big guy, he’s fast and he’s able to move. They have some good exterior guys on the outside who like to make good tackles.”
Tyree Drayton is that nose tackle and the senior is listed at 6’0 275 lbs.
“Those kids are tough to block. We’ve gotta be prepared for them,” Fidler said of their D-line. “I know they’re gonna have a good game plan because of their coaching staff.”
Hannahan made a QB change so Jonathan Shelton will serve as the Hawks field general. The Hawks like to run the football with power too.
“[Shelton] manages the workload real well and does a good job and always puts their players in a good position to succeed,” Fidler said.
With it being senior night, the seniors of Waccamaw’s team have taken initiative at practice and are preparing their teammates for the things to come.
“You see a lot more discipline with our practices,” Holdridge said. “All the seniors, we understand that it’s our last regular season game. So there’s no more joking around. We know that if we don’t make it Friday, there’s a very high possibility that this could be our last game of the season. So I think the seniors are taking a lot more accountability with it.”
For senior wide receiver and defensive back Zachary Taylor, he’s hoping to make the most of his opportunities on the field.
“I am looking forward to competing with my teammates and try to get a win in front our home crowd and my family and punch a ticket in the playoffs,” Taylor said.
Waccamaw doesn’t look to change things schematically, so they’re going to stick with what they have.
“From a team aspect, we haven’t been doing anything different. We’re 6-3 so hopefully that’ll be 7-3,” Holdridge said. “Obviously what we’re doing is working so we’re going in there with the same mindset as always. They have some good athletes but we just need to prepare as if they’re a good team.”
The last time Waccamaw won seven games was 2009.
“It’s a blessing that were in the position to make a playoff push,” Taylor said. “We just have to work hard and keep doing our jobs so we can succeed and get in.”
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