Lady Gamecock Football looking to defend the region’s title

After the most successful season ever in a sport which started in Sylvania in 2003, Terry Markovcic’s SCHS Lady Gamecock football team opens its 2022 campaign on January 25 with a trip to Soperton to take on the Lady Vikings of the County of Treutlen. The home opener is scheduled for January 28 when defending champion 2AA East Laurens bring their Lady Falcons to Kelly Memorial Stadium to take on defending champion 3A Red and White.

Going into 2022 as the defending Region 3A champions, Markovcic’s Troops won the school’s first-ever football region championship last spring while advancing to the state quarterfinals for the second season in a row (disregarding Covid-shortened 2020). Their final record was 18-2 and they finished in the top ten in all polls. In top-flight mode, the program is 52-11-1 over the past four seasons with at least one playoff win in each.

“After a very successful season a year ago, the message is clear,” Markovcic said. “Last year is in the record books and it’s time for this year’s team to leave their mark. After two weeks of training, the team seems to be focused and eager to do just that. We have a lot of returning familiar faces, but we still have to come together as a team and create the chemistry that will be needed to carry us through the season. The calendar is more difficult this year and we will have to be strong physically and mentally in order to succeed in the home and away matches. »

The continued success of the coming season will depend on the rapid development of some new players and some veteran reserves. The Red and White set a team record with 112 goals last season as they topped their region 3A table, but 54 of those goals (48%) have gone. Despite the success of 2021, there were only four seniors, including three regulars

The 2022 list of 21 still only includes five seniors. Says Markovcic, “Our senior class will be made up of five young women who all played a big role in our success last year. This includes Emerson Kullberg, Rhianna Boddiford, Sarah Mesecher, Gracie Cataffo and Emily Lariscy. Positive leadership plays a huge role in success and we expect these five people to provide it.

Key attacking returnees include juniors Emma Jones (23 goals a season ago, fourth all-time), Mazlin Blessing (12 goals and a school-record 14 assists), Shay Sasser (6 goals), Adairis Gomez ( 4 goals) and Madison Powell (4 goals) with senior Emerson Kullberg (4 goals).

Playing both forward positions will be a combination of Jones, Powell, Kullberg and rookie Charley Brannen. Powell was a mainstay at the defender a year ago.

Blessing, Gomez, Sasser, seniors Gracie Cataffo and Rhianna Boddiford, juniors Marly Moore, Erin Thompson and Bella Maust, and rookie Kaylin Long will be in contention for the four midfield spots. Boddiford has been the regular goalie the past two seasons, posting 10 shutouts in the process. She had six a season ago, although she missed almost half of them due to injury.

Defense has been key to SCHS’ success, with the team recording shutouts in 12 of its 18 wins. In ten regional games, the Lady Gamecocks outscored their opponents by a 67-2 margin with eight shutouts. Hearts from the defending group return, including seniors Sarah Mesecher and Emily Lariscy and sophomores Mackenzie Mitchell and Gracen Kullberg. Powell was a big part of the squad a year ago but will likely be in midfield.

Joining the veterans will be freshmen Julia Dews, Cam Forehand, Emma Warren and Lilly Doss. The goalie will most likely be Dews or Long’s freshman combination. Boddiford, who should really strengthen the midfield position, started 12 games in goal and was 10-2 with six shutouts and 34 saves

Markovcic wanted to mention that Jay Akin is returning as an assistant coach again and former Gamecock Gee Gee Beasley will also be an assistant this year. “All three of us are excited about the season and can’t wait to see what this version of Lady Gamecock Soccer brings,” he added.

This will be Lady Gamecock’s 20th season of football and Markovcic’s 19th as head coach. Currently, he holds a 181-121-4. After a horrible start to the sport as it was forced into an area that included all private schools in Savannah, the program is 147-51-1 over the past 11 seasons, with 2014 being the only season without a state playoff. during this period.

The first non-regional schedule for Treutlen County, East Laurens and Johnson County should help prepare the team for their regional schedule. Each of the three made the state playoffs a year ago. East Laurens was the 2AA Region Champion. In fact, every non-regional opponent on the schedule this year is a playoff team from a year ago, including AAA SEB (reigning 3AAA champion) and Harlem. A trip to Portal on February 18, the team’s second regional game, should give a very good glimpse of the prospects of a repeat championship. The Lady Panthers were 3A finalists a year ago, advancing to the state quarterfinals as well.

2022 SCHS Lady Gamecock Soccer Roster

Number; Last name; Class

3; Emerson Kullberg; 12

4; Adairis Gomez; 11

6; Makenzie Mitchell; ten

seven; forehand cam; 9

8; Emma Jones; 11

9; Rhianna Boddiford; 12

ten; Blessing of Mazlin; 11

11; Charley Brannen; 9

13; Mary Moore; 11

14; Lilly Doss; 9

15; Shay Sasser; 11

16; Erin Thompson; 11

17; Kaylin Long; 9

20; Sarah Mesecher; 12

21; Gracen Kullberg; ten

22; Grace Cataffo; 12

23; Julia Dews; 9

26; Emilie Lariscy; 12

27; Emma Warren; 9

28; Madison Powell; 11

30; Bella Maust; 11

Coach: Terry Markovcic

Assistant Coaches: Jay Akin, Gee Gee Beasley

SCHS Lady Gamecock Football Schedule 2022

Day, Date; Opponent; Site; Time

Tuesday, January 25; @County of Treutlen; Soperton; 5:30

Friday, January 28; East Laurens; Sylvania; 5:00

Tuesday, February 1; @Johnson County; Wrightville; 5:00

Tuesday, February 8; *@Metter; put; 5:00

Friday February 11; Johnson County; Sylvania; 5:00

Friday February 18; *@Portal; Portal; 5:00

Tuesday, February 22; *@Claxton; Claxton; 5:00

Friday, February 25; * Bryan County; Sylvania; 5:00

Tuesday, March 1; *@McIntosh County; You’re welcome ; 5:00

Friday, March 4; *put; Sylvania; 5:00

Tuesday, March 8; @Harlem; Harlem; 6:00

Tuesday, March 15; *Portal; Sylvania; 5:00

Friday 18th March; * Claxton; Sylvania; 5:00

Tuesday March 22; *@Bryan County; Pembroke; 5:00

Friday, March 25; *McIntosh County; Sylvania; 5:00

Tuesday 29 March; Southeast Bulloch; Sylvania; 5:00

Friday April 8; County of Treutlen; Sylvania; 5:30

Tuesday April 12; State Bye First Round (Region 1 has no teams)

Monday April 18; Second round of state TBD

*Region 3A match

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