2018-07-13 / Sports

Brookland-Cayce makes the jump to 4A

By Josh Cruse


Brookland-Cayce’s Reed Charpia returns at quarterback after throwing for 1,192 yards in 2017. The third-year starting quarterback has guided the Bearcats to the 3A semifinals each of the past two seasons. Brookland-Cayce’s Reed Charpia returns at quarterback after throwing for 1,192 yards in 2017. The third-year starting quarterback has guided the Bearcats to the 3A semifinals each of the past two seasons. The 2017 campaign capped off remarkable back-to-back seasons for the Brookland-Cayce Bearcats. While the win total from last year, nine, didn’t match the previous one, the 21 wins over two seasons are the most in school history. This two–year run also brought with it a region championship in 2016 and back-to-back appearances in the 3A semifinals.

Head coach Rusty Charpia has won 42 games in his Brookland-Cayce coaching career so far. However, the 2018 season presents many challenges for the Bearcats as they move back up to 4A, a classification they have not been at since 1996. They rejoin a region with fellow Lexington Two rival Airport but also face North Augusta, South Aiken, Aiken, and Midland Valley. Charpia filed an appeal with the high school league to remain in 3A but ultimately lost.

Any success by Brookland Cayce starts with the return of All-Region quarterback Reed Charpia, who threw for 1,192 yards in 2017. Charpia is a three-year starter with plenty of playoff experience.

Surrounding Charpia are skill guys Jo Pradubsri and Daveon Seastrunk.

Paul Edwards, who recorded 94 tackles a season ago, to lead the team, and Hampton Stutler pace the defense.

The 2018 season will be a test of how far the Brookland-Cayce program has come under Charpia. Along with a challenging region schedule, the Bearcats open against three 5A programs in White Knoll, Spring Valley, and Irmo. A trip to Airport and a visit from Newberry are also on the non-region slate.

A step down in the win total is a possibility, but a playoff berth is very much on the table for a team that has grown accustomed to postseason play.

Head Coach:
Rusty Charpia
(8th season)
Overall record: 42-37

2017 record: 9-5
2017 playoffs: Lost to
Dillion 42-7 in the 3A
semifinals.

2017 Results
Lake Marion 41-0 W
Airport 42-21 W
Lexington 28-29 L
Chapin 20-38 L
Gray Collegiate 28-12 W
Pelion 42-7 W
Gilbert 14-33 L
Edisto 40-15 W
Swansea 47-30 W
Strom Thurmond 13-14 L

Playoffs

Loris 53-22 W
Wade Hampton 35-13 W
Timberland 28-12 W
Dillon 7-42 L

5-year win trend
2013: 6
2014: 6
2015: 5
2016: 12
2017: 9

Points per game:
Brookland-Cayce: 31.3
Opponents: 20.6

2018 Schedule
Aug. 17 vs White Knoll
Aug. 24 at Airport
Aug. 31 at Spring Valley
Sept. 7 vs. Irmo
Sept. 21 vs. Newberry
Sept. 28 at North Augusta
Oct. 5 at South Aiken
Oct. 12 vs. Midland Valley
Oct. 19 at Aiken
Oct. 26 vs. Airport

2017 Regular
Season Stats
Rushing offense: 205.0
Passing Offense: 164.3
Total Offense: 369.3
Total Defense: 268.2

2016 Stat leaders
Passing: Reed Charpia,
1,192 yards
Rushing: Rasheed Taylor,
1,171 yards
Receiving: Dominick Perry,
612 yards
Tackles: Paul Edwards,
94.0

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