Strong finish on the minds of the RangersPublished 7:30pm Monday, October 24, 2011
The Lyman Ward Military Academy Rangers came into last Friday night’s game against Monroe Academy as a heavy under dog, as the visiting Volunteers came to Camp Hill as one of the premiere teams in AISA.
The Rangers rose to the occasion however, as Lyman Ward entered half time in a 14-14 tie with the Volunteers behind the legs and arm of freshman quarterback Malik Hilton.
Hilton would finish the contest with 226 yards passing and 60 yards rushing, as the Rangers would eventually fall to Monroe by a final score of 28-14.
“Malik is doing a good job for us,” LWMA first-year head coach Dwayne Thomas said.
“With the way he has played recently and with how young he is, he’s going to be able to do some good things for us in the future.”
Along with Hilton, senior running back DeWayne Pritchett also added 63 yards on seven carries to lead the Rangers on the ground.
“I give DeWayne a lot of credit,” Thomas said.
“Teams are keying on him every single game and he still keeps producing for us.”
Although the loss dropped the Rangers to 1-8 on the season, both players and coaches are excited with the continual improvement of the team and what the future might hold.
“For a team that started practice one week before the season began, it’s good to see that we keep getting better and better,” Thomas said.
“(This coming) Friday night is another step in building toward our future. As long as we keep progressing, the program will continue to build.”
Friday night’s game at Abbeville Christian (2-7) will also mark the end of the career for four LWMA seniors, including Pritchett, who will leave the school as one of the top offensive performers in school history.
“There will be a lot of emotion out of DeWayne and our three other seniors Friday night,” Thomas said.
“He wants to go out with a bang and make a statement for these younger kids to feed off of for the future – we’ll see how it turns out.”
LWMA and Abbeville are set for a 7 p.m. kickoff Friday night at Generals Stadium in Abbeville.