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Doe’s 3 TDs propel John Paul II to 36-14 win

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Golden Warriors snap 2-game skid

It didn’t take long for the Carolina Academy defense to be introduced to Zach Doe.

The nifty running back for John Paul II Catholic School scored from 60 yards out on the second play from scrimmage en route to leading the host Golden Warriors to a 36-14 SCISA non-region win Friday at the Richard Gray Complex in Hardeeville.

Doe finished with 245 yards on 15 carries and three touchdowns. Although Doe has been nursing an ankle injury, it hasn’t stopped him from being one of the most dominant players in the SCISA. He entered the game with 1,011 rushing yards and 14 touchdowns.

Doe credits the production on offense to the hard work the team put in over the summer.

“Our coach always tells us you win when no one is watching,” Doe said.

“Tonight was by far our best win as a team,” coach Kevin Wald said. “We didn’t have any turnovers. We had a great week of practice and that’s where it started.”

John Paul II improved to 4-3.

Wald said the team’s newfound confidence stems from their 3-1 start that quickly turned to 3-3. The Golden Warriors were eager to get back to their winning ways after dropping two games in a row.

“The boys wanted to finish the year strong,” said Wald. “I’m not sure this was a team that people thought we should beat. But this win makes me feel good.”

Doe also had TD runs of 63 and 69 yards.

Wald couldn’t have asked for a better performance from his defense, especially for a unit who gave up nearly 50 points a game a year ago. Aside from a few hiccups, the Warriors boasted a takeaway by Amere Cherry, a fumble recovery by Nyleem Wright and a safety in the third quarter.

Wright punched in a touchdown run from 8 yards out with just under 12 minutes to play in regulation, giving John Paul enough cushion to seal the win. Wald said it’s crucial Wright is involved in the offense to keep the defense guessing.

“Nyleem was out sick this week and has been on heavy antibiotics,” said Wald. “But he wanted to practice this week and we told him that if he drank enough fluids and the trainer was comfortable playing him that he could play. It’s amazing how things work out. This is probably the best game I’ve ever seen him play.”

Melik Frost had a 3-yard rushing TD. He had 99 yards on 19 carries.

The Golden Warriors will take on Christian Academy on the road in a non-region game next week and Wald likes his chances against the Saints as they boast a strong rushing attack.

“The key now is to come back on Monday and have another excellent week of practice,” said Wald. “If we can do that I think we’ll have a good chance up there Friday.”

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