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Dakereon Joyner is 1-0 at Williams-Brice Stadium.

Dakereon Joyner takes another step toward high school finale at Williams-Brice

Hale McGranahan

NORTH CHARLESTON, S.C. – Dakereon Joyner and Channing Tindall, two of the top 2018 prospects in South Carolina, met Friday night in the 5A playoffs.

Fort Dorchester, led by its 4-star quarterback, cruised to a 66-24 win.

Joyner accounted for 221 yards of total offense and 5 touchdowns. He completed 5-of-9 passes for 102 yards and 2 touchdowns, rushed for 106 yards with a pair of scores and caught a 13-yard touchdown pass.

With a win over Dutch Fort next week, Joyner, who led the Patriots to a 4A state championship in 2015, will return to Williams-Brice Stadium for another game.

“We’ve just got to finish,” he said. “We’ve had a great year all year, we’ve just got to finish.”

The 41-25 win at Dutch Fork on Sept. 1 was the closest margin Fort Dorchester (13-0) has had this season. Joyner put up 245 yards of offense and accounted for 4 touchdowns.

“I’m definitely excited, because earlier in the year, we weren’t the team we are now, but we’ve grown a lot since Sept. 1. … I’m excited to play them and I know they’re excited to play us as well,” he said.

Joyner was certainly excited to play against Tindall. During the coin toss, they agreed to put on a show, but Joyner, as he’s done for most of his high school career, hogged the spotlight.

Their postgame handshake exchange was brief, not that Joyner would have tried to bring up recruiting to Tindall, who’s considering South Carolina, Georgia, Florida and Auburn.

“I try not to talk about recruiting, if he doesn’t really want to,” Joyner said. “We talk a lot. I always see him at South Carolina. I guess that’s a good thing.”

Tindall plans to reach a decision before the end of the calendar year. Joyner will have a chance to recruit him in December, when they’re in Spartanburg for the Shrine Bowl.