Ft Dorchester turns their football program around in 2013 - WCBD-TV: News, Weather, and Sports for Charleston, SC

Ft Dorchester turns their football program around in 2013

Posted: Updated:
Coach Steve Laprad strolls the sidelines during game time. Coach Steve Laprad strolls the sidelines during game time.

The Fort Dorchester Patriots are 2-0 to start the 2013 season, after a disappointing 2012 campaign. In 2012, the Patriots finished 5-6, and Coach Steve Laprad promised that wouldn't happen again.

Never one to mince words, Coach Laprad says, " We've been upset with how the last two or three years went. I tell them it's like we worked all week but didn't get our full paycheck."

Changes have been made to correct the problems, and one of the most notable changes has to be the size of the squad. For a 4a school, there are a whole lot less bodies on the sidelines. "That was by choice. Obviously this year we could do the same thing, we could carry 80-90 kids and we have in the past. But I always interview our kids, the returning kids at the end of the year, and that was the number one thing everyone said is that a lot of the guys know they are not going to get in the ball game unless we are up by 30 or down by 30, so they really don't take it seriously. So we've cut down on that."

"I think it has added to the closeness of the team, the focus of the team, and it is obviously easier to coach a smaller number, so we'll see how it works."

Coach Laprad has some help keeping his players in line this year, as Tracy White joins the coaching staff. White is a 10 year NFL veteran and a Lowcountry native. Going straight from the New England Patriots, to the Ft Dorchester Patriots, Coach Laprad considers the addition a plus. "I mean shoot, imagine being in high school and a guy who played for the New England Patriots this time last year is here."

"He is such a great guy, he is easy, and not a loud vocal guy, but he is always talking to the kids and messing around with them. Obviously they respect him, and so do we." Coach Laprad jokes, "It's nice to ask him some questions, like what Bill Belichick did in this situation, so he has helped me quite a bit too."

With a veteran coach at the helm, White adding to the ranks and a veritable stable of key players, the Patriots are poised to make some noise in 2013.

  • Easter Sunday takes on an additional meaning for Mt. Pleasant church

    Easter Sunday takes on an additional meaning for Mt. Pleasant church

    Sunday, April 20 2014 11:26 PM EDT2014-04-21 03:26:23 GMT
    The Easter message of resurrection took on an additional meaning for Palmetto Presbyterian Church in Mt. Pleasant.Last year, on Good Friday, arsonists attempted to burn down the church.It was the second time in nearly a month.The doors leading into the church suffered the most damage.This Easter Sunday, however, those doors were given new life and a new role."I asked if I could take one of them and build a cross out of it," Derrick Russ said. Russ has been a member of the congregation for man...
    The Easter message of resurrection took on an additional meaning for Palmetto Presbyterian Church in Mt. Pleasant.Last year, on Good Friday, arsonists attempted to burn down the church.It was the second time in nearly a month.The doors leading into the church suffered the most damage.This Easter Sunday, however, those doors were given new life and a new role."I asked if I could take one of them and build a cross out of it," Derrick Russ said. Russ has been a member of the congregation for man...
  • 4/20: marijuana legalization advocates quiet in the Lowcountry

    4/20: marijuana legalization advocates quiet in the Lowcountry

    Sunday, April 20 2014 3:01 PM EDT2014-04-20 19:01:05 GMT
    April 20th is the day marijuana advocates have long used to promote the drug's legalization. At a smoke shop on Folly Road Sunday, no customers would discuss marijuana use, but admitted to waiting outside four hours before the store opened its doors so they could invest in deals on pipes. Meanwhile in Denver this weekend, business is booming. The state claims millions of dollars in revenue since pot was legalized and the once feared crime increase has not materialized. Vape pens are essentia...
    April 20th is the day marijuana advocates have long used to promote the drug's legalization. At a smoke shop on Folly Road Sunday, no customers would discuss marijuana use, but admitted to waiting outside four hours before the store opened its doors so they could invest in deals on pipes. Meanwhile in Denver this weekend, business is booming. The state claims millions of dollars in revenue since pot was legalized and the once feared crime increase has not materialized. Vape pens are essentia...
  • Beer bill aims to bring big brewers to South Carolina

    Beer bill aims to bring big brewers to South Carolina

    Sunday, April 20 2014 8:04 AM EDT2014-04-20 12:04:32 GMT
    A bill filed this week could be a game changer for South Carolina beer breweries. "It will increase production, right now they're limited to 2,000 barrels of beer a year. This would really raise the stakes to 500,000," Brook Bristow, attorney for the SC Beer Association said. Bristow wrote the bill that's called the "Stone Bill," intended to lure Stone Brewing to the Palmetto State. They're a west coast brewery looking to expand on the east coast. Opponents say this bill could hurt local busi...
    A bill filed this week could be a game changer for South Carolina beer breweries. "It will increase production, right now they're limited to 2,000 barrels of beer a year. This would really raise the stakes to 500,000," Brook Bristow, attorney for the SC Beer Association said. Bristow wrote the bill that's called the "Stone Bill," intended to lure Stone Brewing to the Palmetto State. They're a west coast brewery looking to expand on the east coast. Opponents say this bill could hurt local busi...
Powered by WorldNow

210 W. Coleman Blvd.
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464

Telephone: 843.216.4875
Fax: 843.881.3410
Email: news@wcbd.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.