The Saints of Clarendon Hall look to keep marching on as they play host to Wardlaw Academy in an important SCISA 8-man football game on Friday at Lonnie Robinson Field at 7:30 p.m.
The Saints are undefeated on the season with a 6-0 record and are …
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The Saints are undefeated on the season with a 6-0 record and are 3-0 in Region II. Wardlaw is 6-1 overall and 3-1 in Region II.
"We've watched a lot of game tape (on the Patriots) and we've watched them twice (in person)," Clarendon Hall head coach Anthony Reitenour said. "They're disciplined; it's going to be a dogfight. They come out and hit you."
Reitenour hopes the Saints' depth ends up being an advantage.
"We want to wear them down; we're deep," he said. "We have to weather the storm, win the race and come out fighting.
"We have a very talented roster. We worked hard in the offseason and we're hungry."
Reitenour attributes a lot of the team's success to its ground game.
"Our rushing game is hard to stop," he said. "It's been hard work, there's no secret ingredient."
The Saints have been led in rushing by junior running back Tyrese Mitchum, who has 46 carries for 775 yards and 14 touchdowns in only four games, including a 4-touchdown performance in a 44-17 win at Richard Winn in which Mitchum carried the ball 22 times for 322 yards.
"Tyrese is an amazing running back," Reitenour said. "He's got speed, he's strong and he has a high total of yards per carry. He's our thoroughbred horse. He's matured and has a great understanding of the game."
Mitchum did not play last week in Clarendon Hall's 64-12 win over Tri-Academy.
"He banged his knee so we wanted to rest him with Wardlaw Academy and Jefferson Davis coming up," Reitenour said.
In Mitchum's absence, other Saints had to step up, and they did in a big way.
Sophomore quarterback Josh Black completed 10 of his 14 passes for 332 yards and five touchdowns. Freshman wide receiver Kylic Horton also made a big contribution with three receptions for 108 yards and two touchdowns. In kick returning duties, Horton returned three kickoffs for a total of 147 yards, including an 80-yard return to the house.
On the defensive side of the ball, junior defensive back Da'Qavion Miller recorded seven tackles and three quarterback sacks.
The Saints' defense has been solid all season and has two shutouts - 46-0 against Holly Hill Academy and 60-0 against Patrick Henry Academy - under its belt. Clarendon hall has allowed only 62 points this season.
Reitenour said his team is back to being healthy this week.
"We're good to go," he said. "Last week, we had three starters that didn't play. We were erring on the side of caution."
Reitenour knows this game against Wardlaw and next week's game against Jefferson Davis Academy will be huge for region play. Jefferson Davis is 7-1 overall and 4-0 in region play. JDA defeated Wardlaw 52-42 last week.
"We're ready to get into the next two weeks of our schedule and see where it takes us," he said.
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