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John Paul II falls to Dillon Christian, 35-0

DILLON — John Paul II Catholic School’s football season ended Friday with a 35-0 loss at Dillon Christian, the top-ranked team in SCISA Class A.

The Golden Warriors (6-5) made a long bus ride from the Lowcountry to Dillon, just south of the North Carolina border, and gave their opponents a hard-hitting game.

Dillon Christian assistant Phillip Price, a former all-ACC standout at Clemson, said he knew the Golden Warriors had one of the best rushing attacks in the state.

Head coach Christian Wolfe said Dillon Christian (9-2) responded with its best defensive performance of the season.

Midway through the first quarter, Dillon Christian’s Garrett Collins crossed the goal line on a 43-yard run. Gage Bazemore added the point after and the Warriors led 7-0 at the end of the first quarter.

Dillon Christian quarterback Diaz Alexander connected with wide receiver Jackson Wolfe on a 6-yard touchdown. Bazemore’s kick increased the lead to 14-0 at halftime.

John Paul II tried to catch the Warriors off guard with an onside kick to start the second half, but Dillon Christian recovered and started its possession at midfield.

With 8:30 left in the third quarter, Collins picked up his second touchdown on a 5-yard run. Bazemore’s kick put the Warriors out front 21-0.

On Dillon Christian’s next possession, Alexander again found Wolfe open and connected on a 55-yard touchdown strike.

Bazemore’s point after was true, giving Dillon Christian a 28-0 lead with 5:16 left in the quarter.

With three seconds left in the third, Alexander added a third touchdown pass to his tight end Caleb Bokin. Bazemore’s kick put the Warriors up 35-0.

The fourth quarter was a defensive battle, with neither side reaching the end zone.

John Paul II’s Zach Doe rushed for 101 yards on 26 carries. Melik Frost had 27 yards on seven carries and Sam Summa was 2-of-14 passing for 14 yards.

Jonathan Field had nine tackles and Adrian Skipper had seven for the Golden Warriors, who made the postseason in their second season of 11-man football.

The Dillon Christian Warriors did the same in their second season 12 years ago and have gone onto become a dominant team in SCISA.

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