Wardlaw Academy looks for back-to-back state titles

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

Monday Nov. 9, 2009

Edgefield, SC--Literally playing in the shadows of Strom Thurmond high school is little old Wardlaw Academy. Sure they play eight man football, but the Patriots also can do something no other area team can, win back to back state titles.

12 and 0 last year and a perfect 10 and 0 this season puts them in this position. With a quick strike offense that's averaging 40 points a game and a defense that's nearly as impressive, the Patriots can prove their worth every time they hit the field. While there are plenty of similarities to last year's squad, this year, winning was a little more expected.

"Last year we started the season knowing we had a chance but we really weren't sure if we could grasp a state championship and it turns out we did." said senior Harrison Courtney "This year we thought we had a little bit better chance of going in there and getting it and so hopefully it will turn out our way."

"My freshmen and sophomore years weren't too good, we didn't have any winning seasons" said Stephen Balentine "Last year and this year we really have come together as a team and achieved our goal."

Wardlaw squares off with Patrick Henry for the title. In the regular season the Patriots won the match-up by 10 despite playing without three guys and others being sick. And the cool thing, if they do win, they'd match the Wardlaw volleyball team in winning back to back state titles.

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