"Business as usual" for Fort D ahead of AAAA DI State Championship Game

"Business as usual" for Fort D ahead of AAAA DI State Championship Game
Source: WCSC (Pep Rally at Fort D)
Source: WCSC (Pep Rally at Fort D)
Source: WCSC (Pep Rally at Fort D)
Source: WCSC (Pep Rally at Fort D)

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - It was business as usual for the Fort Dorchester football team Friday.

Saturday the team makes history playing in its first AAAA Division I state championship game.

While the team wasn't on the football field Friday night, they did spend time together as a team, going to see the movie Creed at the Northwoods Cinemas.

Meanwhile earlier in the day, the school through a pep rally to show their support.

Fort D's band played a variety of songs including their fight song, and a bit of DJ Khaled's "All I Do Is Win" reminiscent of the team's 14-0 record this

"It does mean a lot, but I feel like the pressure is to get there," said Fort Dorchester head football coach Steve LaPrad. "Once you're there you just kind
of enjoy it while you're there.

"Nervous, excited, glad to be making history, just all those emotions rolled into one, but I think we're ready," added Fort Dorchester Principal Bert Postell.

Many of the students and staff were decked out in school colors, red and blue, to show their support.

"We've got the best fans," Coach LaPrad said. "Our student section is unbelievable. They have game day, it's just amazing and it's been that way all year

"We really appreciate it, we really do," said Senior running back Datron James. "We need that support. We're not in this alone."

While the pep rally was going on inside the school, the team was outside doing what they normally do before a game.

"Practice as usual," Coach LaPrad said. "We did our walk through and everything went good. So we're going to relax a little bit tonight and go to the movies right after school."

"We really gel together like brothers," said Sophomore quarterback Dakereon Joyner. "Since day one, and since we were on the road, everyone noticed what we can do, and we know if we continue to do what we can do, nobody can stop us."

"Yeah it's going to be a bigger environment, but I told them the field is still gonna be 100 yards long," Coach LaPrad said talking about the game Saturday.
Before the game starts though, the school needs your help in gaining yardage.

"Tomorrow we want to line Patriot Boulevard and take the team out," Postell said. "Head down Patriot Boulevard, down to Palmetto Commerce and College Park Road and we'd love as many fans to come out as possible."

So throw on those fan shirts, the team will be leave around 8:00 a.m.

Fort Dorchester takes on Dorman High School at 12:00 p.m. at Williams Brice Stadium

Dorman is 11-3 on the season.

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