BA to open inaugural season of 11-man football at home Friday

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It’s a bold new world for Beaufort Academy football this season, as the Eagles make the jump from SCISA 8-man ball to SCISA Class 2A and the full-fledged 11-man game, but the new adventure begins with a familiar opponent in the same position.

BA opens its season at 7:30 p.m. Friday against St. John’s Christian Academy, which also will be making its 11-man football debut. The even playing field makes it a bit easier transition for the Eagles, but they still have to contend with a Cavaliers team that beat them 30-14 a year ago and reached the SCISA 8-man state championship game. 

The offense will look a little different for BA — and not just because of the extra three players on the field. Star quarterback Dawson Coleman was among a talented graduating class, leaving the Eagles with a revamped offense led by quarterback Kaishawn Jenkins and a stable of talented running backs. Defensive standouts Malakai Steiniger and Braydon Dineen are back to anchor things on that side of the ball for BA. 

The Cavaliers are entering their first season under head coach Brandon Clontz, who was previously the defensive coordinator.