Fort D celebrates state championship win

VIDEO: Fort D celebrates state championship win
Source: WCSC
Source: WCSC
Source: WCSC
Source: WCSC

NORTH CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Fort Dorchester High School celebrated its big state championship win Thursday.

The entire student body emptied out onto the field for the party around noontime.

Many of the students, staff, faculty, and football team still reveling from this weekend's big win.

"Typically we do a pep rally in the gym, and only certain students can come," said Fort Dorchester High School Principal Bert Postell. "I wanted to do it out here so everybody could be here, everybody could share in the success and celebrate with the team."

"This was good, to see our school because they're the ones that backed us all year long," said Coach Steve LaPrad. "The faculty, administration, and our student section... I mean, I don't know if you saw them, but they were unbelievable."

It's been the community support as well.

Saturday morning parents, fans, and alumni lined Patriot Boulevard to send the team off to Columbia for the game.

Coach LaPrad said that support has ramped up over the past years.

"People always think we're Summerville," he said. "We're North Charleston, and the city of North Charleston and the community here, all year long they do so much to help us."

"This is what we've been trying to build for the last three or four years is the community," Postell said. "Other schools are in the community. We're in the community of North Charleston, and we've been trying to build a community around the school and this, I think, is the icing on the cake."

The school also recognized its coaching staff, which included a quick haircut for offensive line coach Jimmy Duke.

The 23 varsity seniors were also recognized.

"They're just great," LaPrad said. "I've still got a lot of good times with them. I don't think this area in North Charleston will ever be the same."

The Patriots end the season 15-0 making history not only for the school, but also in high school football.

In the Fall of 2016, Fort Dorchester moves into the 5A class, becoming one of 42 teams.

Saturday's win makes the Patriots the final team to win the AAAA Division I state championship title.

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