Staff Reports – You can’t win ‘em all, but they damn sure tried. Entering Friday night’s Class A Title Game, Baptist Hill was riding a five-game winning streak before falling to Lamar 74-46 at Charles W. Johnson Stadium in Columbia, ending their season with an overall record of 11-2. It was the first-ever appearance in the championship for the Bobcats.
Although the team was disappointed with the defeat, they had a lot to be proud of during the historic season. They were the first Charleston County School to reach the title game since Stall in the 1991 AAA finale.
“I’m very proud of this team and the season we had,” said Head Coach Marion Brown. “Unfortunately tonight, we didn’t play like ourselves and did some uncharacteristic things on defense and came out on the losing end of the contest,” he said. “I’m still proud of my guys. We had a great season and can’t wait to get ready for 2018 next week.”
Brown should be proud of his squad. Star Senior Quarterback Corey Fields threw for 335 yards and 5 touchdowns and ran for 83 yards. For the season, he totaled 3,830 yards in the air while tossing 51 touchdowns. A strong runner as well, he garnered 800 yards on the ground with 9 scores. Fields will be competing in the 2017 North-South All Star Game in Myrtle Beach December 9.
Richard Bailey, Fields’ favorite target, finished the year with 56 catches for 1,417 yards and 21 touchdowns. He had 6 catches for 66 yards Friday night.
Senior Running back Jay Burnell had a stellar season as well, rushing for over 400 yards and hauling in 53 passes for 975 yards with a total of 14 touchdowns. He caught 6 passes for 72 yards in the championship game.
Wideout Rashard Maxwell will be counted on as the top returner performer for the 2018 Season. Maxwell caught 41 passes for 859 yards and 21 touchdowns. He tallied 7 catches for 176 yards in the title game. The junior is also listed as a quarterback. He may be the best candidate to replace Fields.
Coach Brown looks to build on the team’s success heading into next season and is ready to get to work. “This season was fun. We had a great time and are excited for what comes next.”
Congratulations to Coach Brown and the Bobcats for a great season and we look forward to seeing them next year!