Members of the defense listen as Coach Charlie Richards lectures them during a timeout. Richards went over upcoming plays. Photo courtesy The Keenascope.
Members of the defense listen as Coach Charlie Richards lectures them during a timeout. Richards went over upcoming plays. Photo courtesy The Keenascope.

By Tayler Curry, Sports Writer

The Keenan Raider football team has had a fairly good 2014 season.

They played their best at their very first scrimmage against Marlboro County High School.

“The intensity the kids brought made the scrimmage such a success,” Speed Coach Charles Procter said.

The worst game of the season was against Westwood High School.

“We got spanked,” Procter said after the game.

During this season there were two standout players, Senior Kendrick Gathers and Junior Tyrieck Davis-Newton.

“I do not see myself going to college without football behind me,” Gathers said.

He is hoping to receive athletic scholarships from Charleston Southern or Newberry College, while majoring in sports medicine.

Gathers.
Gathers.

“It has been a dream to play football in college since I was a young’un,” Davis-Newton said.

He also is looking forward to receiving an athletic/academic scholarship from Vanderbilt, Mercer or Western Carolina University, where he will major in sports medicine.

Davis-Newton.
Davis-Newton.

Underclassman team members already have a plan in place to succeed next year.

“Work harder in the classroom [and] weight room, have a better will to win and not be such a mediocre team,” Proctor said.

Fans are looking forward to another successful season next year and continuous growth.

“Great season overall! Since the start of the season there was growth each game. Student athletes did a great job on and off the field,” Ms. Shayla Schofield, Special Education teacher, said.

The Keenan Raiders went to the playoffs November 28.

Players focus on their coach, who encourages them to do better in the next game and to let that drive them. Photo courtesy The Keenascope.
Players focus on their coach, who encourages them to do better in the next game and to let that drive them. Photo courtesy The Keenascope.
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