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The South Carolina High School League (SCHSL) 1A Football Championship is a highly anticipated event, showcasing the best of high school football talent in the state.
This year, the championship game featured two formidable teams: Christ Church High School and Johnsonville High School.
This article provides a comprehensive overview of the game, including the background of the teams, the run-up to the game, match highlights, key players and performance analysis, the aftermath, and the larger significance of the game.
Background: Christ Church High School Football Team
Christ Church High School has a rich history of competitive athletics, with high achievements of their graduates. The football team, in particular, has had a successful run, recently winning the VISF8L Division 1 Championship. The team is coached by Head Coach Joel Jorgensen and assistant coaches John Dehm, CJ Kelly, Floyd Crouch, and Jordan Wallace ’13. The team’s key players include seniors Keegan Slider and Felix Koerner, who have been selected to play in the annual North Carolina vs. Virginia eight-man All-Star game.
Background: Johnsonville High School Football Team
Johnsonville High School’s football team, known as the Flashes, has also had a commendable season. Despite losing eight starters from its offensive unit and replacing the entire secondary and three of the four starters along the front, the team managed to reach the Class A football state championship. The team is led by Head Coach Ken Cribb, who has praised the team’s hard work and resilience.
The Run-up to the Game
The SCHSL 1A Football Championship game took place on Friday, December 1, 2023, at South Carolina State’s Oliver C. Dawson Stadium in Orangeburg. The match was a rematch of the previous year’s championship, where Christ Church defeated Johnsonville 43-20.
The game started with a scoreless first quarter, but the momentum shifted in the second quarter when Christ Church’s senior quarterback, Woods Windham, threw for 186 yards and two touchdowns. This forced Johnsonville to commit more players in pass defense, opening up running lanes for Christ Church’s junior running back, Dashun Reeder, who ran for a 62-yard TD in the third quarter.
Key Players and Performance Analysis
Woods Windham was a key player for Christ Church, finishing the game with 261 yards passing and three touchdowns. He connected with receiver Jackson Repp for six catches and 160 yards with one TD. Dashun Reeder also had a standout performance, finishing with 152 yards rushing and three TDs.
For Johnsonville, the defensive line, led by Wilson and senior Luke Altman, was a key factor in their performance. Wilson had 89 tackles, 23 TFLs, four sacks, and two FFs, while Altman had 83 tackles, 18 TFLs, three sacks, and one fumble recovery.
Christ Church emerged victorious, winning its sixth state championship in school history and its first since 2014. The final score was Christ Church 43, Johnsonville 20.
The Larger Significance
The victory was significant for Christ Church, as it marked the culmination of a successful season and the achievement of their goal to bring back state championship football. For Johnsonville, despite the loss, reaching the championship game was a testament to their resilience and hard work throughout the season.
The SCHSL 1A Football Championship was a thrilling display of high school football at its best. Both Christ Church and Johnsonville demonstrated exceptional skill and sportsmanship, making the game a memorable event for all involved.
Q: Where was the SCHSL 1A Football Championship game held?
A: The game was held at South Carolina State’s Oliver C. Dawson Stadium in Orangeburg.
Q: Who won the SCHSL 1A Football Championship game?
A: Christ Church High School won the championship game.
Q: Who were the key players in the game?
A: Key players included Christ Church’s senior quarterback, Woods Windham, and junior running back, Dashun Reeder. For Johnsonville, key players included their defensive line, led by Wilson and senior Luke Altman.
Q: How can I watch the SCHSL 1A Football Championship game?
A: The game was broadcast on Sinclair Broadcasting stations across South Carolina and streamed on www.nfhsnetwork.com (a subscription is required).