Battling injuries, Barons set for trip to Orangeburg


Adam Jarecki doesn't get any joy when his football team loses a game such as Wilson Hall's 23-3 loss to Porter-Gaud last week.

That being said though, Jarecki was pleased with the way his team battled the Cyclones, who are the defending SCISA 3A state runners-up.

"We definitely played them tough," said Jarecki, whose Barons are 1-1 overall and 0-1 in 3A play. "It was 8-0 at halftime, and we gave up a touchdown late in the first half and had a bad snap on a punt and kicked it out of the back of the end zone for a safety.

"We were playing pretty good defense, and we were moving the ball a little bit on offense, doing what we do."

And then came what Jarecki and his coaching staff have been concerned with: injuries.

Brandon Carraway and Patrick Fidler, both who start in the offensive backfield and at linebacker, didn't play in the second half after suffering injuries. It went downhill for WH from there.

"That's what really hurt us," said Jarecki, who has a 26-man roster. "We knew that coming in. We've got to stay healthy and play four quarters."

Wilson Hall will be traveling to Orangeburg today to play its next four quarters, taking on undefeated Orangeburg Prep at 7:30 p.m.

The Indians are 3-0 overall and 1-0 in 3A play. Their 3A win was a 19-7 triumph over Cardinal Newman.

"This is going to be a tough game for us," Jarecki said. "Orangeburg Prep is playing well and probably is feeling as good about itself than it has in a long time.

"This is an important game as far as seeding for the playoffs. We've got to be ready for these games. We need to play four quarters."

Jarecki feels pretty certain that Fidler will be ready to play, and he believes Carraway will be ready as well. Lineman Greyson Sonntag and running back/linebacker Andrew McCaffrey are batting injuries as well.

"We've just got to have some people step up," Jarecki said. "I like the way we competed against Porter-Gaud. I feel like if we've got all of our players on the field we can play with anyone."

OP is a run-heavy offense coming off a 13-7 victory over Thomas Sumter Academy. Jarecki is impressed with Indians running back Bill Metts.

"I think he's as good a running back as we're going to see in SCISA," Jarecki said.