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The best countertops make a statement in your home that other features cannot. You've worked hard to incorporate unique designs and flavors throughout your home, so why should your countertops be any different?

At Real Deal Countertops, we aspire to combine the beauty and durability of natural stone with unrivaled, personalized attention to all customers. With the highest quality materials and the most helpful customer service, we give our clients the opportunity to make informed decisions that they feel good about for years. Our story in the countertop fabrication and manufacturing industry began more than 19 years ago, when Rafael Quedevez started out as a sales representative in Massachusetts. Working his way up through the ranks, Rafael soon made his way to South Carolina to open and manage his own companies. In 2013, we created real Deal Countertops. Since that time, we are proud to have served more than 5,000 customers in South Carolina and beyond.

Our leadership team combines more than 40 years of experience in the home remodeling service industry. Always striving to create a better product for our customers, we use the latest in robotics technologies and the sharpest minds in the business to craft countertops of unparalleled quality. Unlike other countertop companies in Goose Creek, SC, we only source the finest stone slabs in the world.

At Real Deal Countertops, we offer a wide range of styles and materials to choose from, including:

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Quartzite

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Caesarstone

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Silestone

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Marble

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Sensa

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Pollar White

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Vicostone

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Quartz

We are committed to ensuring that granite, marble, and other unique, exotic stones are attainable to all who desire them. If you're in search of a trustworthy counter company with a team of knowledgeable, helpful experts, you have come to the right place!

Most Popular Countertops in Goose Creek, SC

Choosing the best countertops for your kitchen is an important decision, but it doesn't have to be a hard one. One of the best ways to narrow down your search is to find out what kind of countertop material you'd like to use. While it's true that material and style trends change over time, there are several counters that have always been top sellers.

Some of the most popular countertops we sell include:

Marble Countertops in Goose Creek, SC

There's no way around it - marble adds jaw-dropping beauty to just about any room and is known for its good looks. It is a dense stone that comes in many different hues like greens, browns, pinks, greys, whites, and more. While marble countertops often have otherworldly beauty, they can be susceptible to stains and cracks. Marble is also considered one of the most expensive counters to choose from, though the truth is marble comes in a wide range of qualities and prices.

  • Pros: Stunning beauty, plenty of beautiful choices.
  • Cons: Not always used in kitchens due to chance of staining.
  • Popular Colors: Portinari, Shadow Storm, Super White, Lumen, Calacatta Linconni, Nobulato Honned, Shadow, Grey Imperiale Honed.
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Granite Countertops in Goose Creek, SC

When it comes to popularity, granite countertops take the cake. Granite countertops usually contain a blend of quartz, feldspar, mica, and other minerals. Granite can add an edge of elegance and even a country-chic feel to your kitchen, making it a well-rounded stone. Granite is durable and scratch-resistant, though it can require sealing and DIY chip repair.

  • Pros: Luxurious, rich look featuring natural stone that is durable, heat resistant, and scratch-resistant.
  • Cons: Hard material that may require DIY chip repair and sealing.
  • Popular Colors: Blue Jeans, Creama Pearl, Alure, Galaxy White, Luna Pear, Steel Grey, Ubatuba, Oro Brazil.

Quartz Countertops in Goose Creek, SC

Quartz is a manufactured material that represents one of our favorite four-letter words: easy! If you're looking to add a high-end feel to your kitchen or bathroom, quartz is an excellent material to consider. Like granite, quartz countertops can add a decadent vibe to any room. Unlike granite, you may not have to seal quartz quite as often (if ever).

  • Pros: Quartz countertops come in plenty of colors to choose from and are easy to clean. They are also strong, scratch-resistant, and don't require sealing.
  • Cons: Quartz is not as heat resistant as other materials like granite counters. Sharp corners tend to crack, but that can be remedied with rounded corners.
  • Popular Colors: Noble Grey, Raw Concrete, Frosty Carrina, Shitake, Pebble, Pietra Grey, Sierra Madre, Arctic.
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Silestone Countertops in Goose Creek, SC

A manufactured material made from quartz crystals, Silestone countertops are equal parts gorgeous and practical. Known for being a durable, non-porous choice, Silestone is resistant to stains, scratches, and even some forms of bacteria. Homeowners who choose Silestone do so because they can get a high-end look without having to worry too much about maintenance. Silestone counters look great in many different homes, from contemporary abodes with modern accents to vintage-looking kitchens.

  • Pros: Silestone countertops are non-porous, meaning germs and bacteria can't lodge themselves inside this material. This makes Silestone counters great for kitchens and bathrooms alike. This material also comes in a wide variety of colors and resists scratches and chips. Overall, Silestone is an excellent choice if you want to make a solid long-term investment without much upkeep.
  • Cons: While Silestone is great if you're looking for a low-maintenance counter option, it can be sensitive to harsh chemicals like bleach and ammonia. Silestone is also not recommended for outdoor use since the resins used to make the material do not do well with UV light.
  • Popular Colors: Daria, Gray Expo, Lagoon, Calacatta Gold, Arctic, Blanco City, Gris Expo, Desert Silver

Quartzite Countertops in Goose Creek, SC

Not to be confused with quartz countertops, which are manmade, quartzite is a naturally occurring stone that is quarried much in the same way that granite is. If you're a fan of marble counters, quartzite mimics its looks without as much upkeep. Like granite, it is a very durable choice and adds an upscale feeling to almost any room you choose.

  • Pros: Since it doesn't require any special cleaners, quartzite looks great without much maintenance. When it gets dirty, soap and water should be all you need to clean. Quartzite is also a great long-term option since it doesn't wear down quickly at all.
  • Cons: Heat is required to form quartzite. However, you should avoid putting hot pots and pans on your quartzite countertops. Because quartzite comes in many different varieties, some forms of quartzite need to be sealed more often than others.
  • Popular Colors: Maya, Fusion, Locomotion, Callacata, Airy Concrete, Cocada White
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Which Countertop is Right for You?

If you're just beginning your search for new countertops, it can be a little overwhelming trying to whittle down your options. We've got good news - with over 19 years in the industry, our team of experts has learned a thing or two about countertops. When you come to the Real Deal Countertops showroom, one of our goals is to educate you about our products and your countertop options, so you can make an educated purchasing decision.

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How Will You Use Your Countertops in Goose Creek?

The first and perhaps most crucial part of your countertop choice should stem from how you and your family use your countertops. For example, if you have kids, your counters will probably see a lot of activity. Between standard eating times and "in-between" meals that teens are known for, your counters might double as food prep stations. As such, you might need a countertop material that is resistant to most food and beverage stains. If you own a rental property that sees a lot of foot traffic from strangers, you might want to consider an economical material that is also durable.

  • Do you cook a lot?
  • Do you host a lot of parties?
  • How long will you be living in your home?
  • How long will you be living in your home?
Once you figure out exactly how you'll be using your countertops, you can begin to narrow down your choices.
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How Much Upkeep Is Too Much?

Be realistic and honest with yourself about this question. Before you fall in love with how a countertop material looks, be sure you understand how much upkeep is needed. Some materials require more care, while others don't need much at all.

Keep these points in mind:
  • Materials like quartz only need to be wiped down occasionally.
  • Materials like granite, marble, and limestone will need to be sealed at least once a year.
  • Some materials may be durable but aren't stain resistant.

The bottom line is this: Assess the maintenance demands that come along with the materials you're looking at. Marble countertops in Goose Creek, SC are elegant, but if you'e unwilling to keep them looking their best, why bother buying the material?

You should be aware that most countertop materials will require some form of upkeep, even if it' minimal. To help keep your counters in pristine condition, consider these care and precaution tips:

  • Many common foods contain acids that will dull or even damage the surface of stone countertops.Use coasters to protect your counters, especially if you'e drinking something with citrus juices or alcohol.
  • Do not place scalding hot pots or pans directly on your countertops.
  • Use mats or trivets to place under hot dishes.
  • If you spill liquid on your countertops, blot the spill with a paper towel ASAP. Wiping the spill will cause it to spread.
  • Use mild soap and plain water to clean up stains.

Which Colors and Materials Match Your Home's Aesthetics?

For many homeowners, this question is almost always top-of-mind. After all, you want to choose colors and materials that fit well with other features in your home. When selecting your countertop materials, try to choose a tone that contrasts with your other amenities, like your cabinets. Don't go for a perfect match. As an example, black granite is a beautiful contrast to white cabinets.

Consider these questions when choosing your countertop materials:
  • Are there one or two colors that you love more than others?
  • Does your choice go well with the color of your kitchen's walls?
  • Do you want to switch up your kitchen's style or keep it the same?
  • Will you be painting your kitchen a different color in the future?
  • Will you be replacing your appliances soon?
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Real Deal Countertops Pro Tip:

Because your home's accessories and paint job may change with time, your countertops should have a versatile color. That way, you won't have problems matching them with new paint colors or appliances.

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Countertop Remodeling Done Right

At Real Deal Countertops, our #1 priority is your satisfaction. Unlike some countertop companies in Goose Creek, we make it a point to exceed our customer's expectations. We strive for excellence with every transaction we complete and pledge to faithfully implement innovative techniques to ensure that our products remain affordable. With the help of Real Deal Countertops, remodeling your kitchen and bath will be painless and easy.

The appearance of a kitchen or bath depends on the right countertop selection, proper fabrication, and expert installation. Are you interested in granite countertops in Goose Creek, SC? Maybe quartzite is a better choice for your family. Whatever you choose, know that our skilled installers and fabricators will make a template so that all custom pieces fit perfectly in your home.

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Latest News in Goose Creek, SC

3 new restaurants coming to Charleston area; discount grocer Aldi adds self-checkout lanes

A trio of new dining venues are in the works across the Charleston area.In Goose Creek, an Atlanta-based restaurant chain plans to open a third Lowcountry location. Chicken Salad Chick is coming to a new building in the Planet Fitness-anchored Shannon Park...

A trio of new dining venues are in the works across the Charleston area.

In Goose Creek, an Atlanta-based restaurant chain plans to open a third Lowcountry location. Chicken Salad Chick is coming to a new building in the Planet Fitness-anchored Shannon Park retail center on St. James Avenue.

The restaurant will be on the opposite end of the outparcel building housing the recently opened Chipotle Mexican Grill. An opening date has not been announced.

Chicken Salad Chick has two other Lowcountry locations in Mount Pleasant and Summerville.

In North Charleston, a new Sticky Fingers restaurant is on the way to a recently renovated retail center in North Charleston.

A space near Planet Fitness at 5060 Dorchester Road in the Shoppes at Montague Corners is undergoing a complete overhaul for a new dining venue. A sign in the window reads “Sticky Fingers - Coming soon.”

The planned restaurant recently applied for a state license to sell beer, wine and liquor onsite.

The shopping center has seen several changes recently after it was purchased for more than $6.1 million in 2020 by an affiliate of Paragano Associates of Mount Pleasant, according to Charleston County land records.

Previously known as Oak Ridge Shopping Center, the retail site includes a refurbished facade, new landscaping and parking lot. It’s also where Latin-infused restaurant El Callao plans to open soon and where discount grocer Save A Lot recently closed.

The property abuts a 12-acre parcel, also owned by a Paragano affiliate, where a new 336-unit apartment development is planned on West Montague Avenue next to the proposed new access road to Charleston International Airport.

Also in North Charleston, a new sandwich shop soon will join the lineup of merchants at a recently opened retail destination.

Firehouse Subs plans to open in an outparcel strip center in front of the newly opened PetSmart pet supply store in Cedar Grove Shopping Center on Dorchester Road.

The building’s interior remains under construction. An opening date has not been announced.

Self-check it out

Discount grocer Aldi recently added several self-checkout lanes at two of its Charleston-area stores in Mount Pleasant and on Dorchester Road in Summerville.

The Germany-based chain, with its U.S. headquarters near Chicago, has three other stores in the Lowcountry in Goose Creek, North Charleston and North Main Street in Summerville. Self-checkout lanes are expected to be added to other sites in the coming months.

On the way

A new ear-piercing and earrings shop is coming to downtown Charleston.

Studs will open Oct. 6 at 346-B King St. Hours are 10 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday through Saturday and 11 a.m.-6 p.m. Sunday.

To celebrate the opening, Studs has partnered with Charleston-based The Green Heart Project and will donate $5,000 to the organization that builds garden-based experiential learning projects and school garden programs.

The new downtown store is the retailer’s 14th location since the company launched in 2019.

Game on

A new gameroom is coming to North Charleston.

Hoodie Cat plans to open at 4950 Centre Pointe Drive, Suite 110, between Staples and Sweet Grass Dental Associates, in the Shoppes at Centre Pointe across from Tanger Outlets.

The business recently applied for a state license to sell beer and wine onsite.

Concerns over graves at site of former church in Goose Creek

Goose Creek looks much different than it does today. For instance, what was a rural area where the modest St. Paul A.M.E church once stood is now surrounded by residential neighborhoods. The church was torn down in the 1980s to make way for new projects. But some of its past is still there and there are fresh concerns about preserving it.Recently the director of the Goose Creek branch of the NAACP, addressed city council about construction work being done near the site.“Many of us in the community have a concern about the...

Goose Creek looks much different than it does today. For instance, what was a rural area where the modest St. Paul A.M.E church once stood is now surrounded by residential neighborhoods. The church was torn down in the 1980s to make way for new projects. But some of its past is still there and there are fresh concerns about preserving it.

Recently the director of the Goose Creek branch of the NAACP, addressed city council about construction work being done near the site.

“Many of us in the community have a concern about the remains of African Americans located at the corner of Amy and Judy Drive,” said director Sharina Haynes on Sept. 13.

Haynes added that state law requires an inspection of such sensitive areas have to be completed before any work can begin and that time, she said, it didn’t seem so.

“We are concerned about the desecration of these graves. We are concerned that there are unmarked graves that should be properly identified,” she said.

At the corner of the site there is construction equipment and piles of gravel, indicating some work is about to begin.

The Gazette reached out to the South Carolina Department of Transportation to determine if in fact the work was happening near the graves.

Resident construction engineer with SCDOT Darlene L. Broughton said the spot is not where the work is being done and she had spoken with those who have concerns.

“We cordoned off the area where it looks like there may be graves,” said Broughton. “We are not building anything there. We got permission from the property owner just to stage material and equipment there until the project is complete.”

Broughton said if there was construction going on at the spot, pre-construction and environmental crews would first have to assess the site to determine if there are any sensitive areas such as gravesites.

The crews at the site are working on a project to build more sidewalks in the area.

But Haynes said the fact that’s it only sidewalks and there is caution tape blocking off some headstones doesn’t bring her much peace of mind. Believing just because some of the headstones are gone doesn’t mean that the all the burial plots are gone.

“We want them to do their due process. They already have this ground penetrating radar system. It’s not intrusive. We just want to make sure these descendants in this community are being respected,” said Hayes.

“There is a system to this and there is a process and we would just appreciate if they would go through their due process to make sure that we aren’t desecrating the graves especially for the sake of a sidewalk.”

Tentative date set for opening of Goose Creek park

Goose Creek’s new barrier-free Central Creek Park is tentatively scheduled for a Dec. 16 public opening, according to local public information officer Frank Johnson.The new $9 million park site will consist of a 13-acre, all-abilities outdoor recreation facility that is reportedly benefitting from the generosity of community-based donors.These monetary contributions, it was noted, will help pay for some of the innovative equipment and featured for the open space, located at 147 Old Moncks Corner Road.“We laun...

Goose Creek’s new barrier-free Central Creek Park is tentatively scheduled for a Dec. 16 public opening, according to local public information officer Frank Johnson.

The new $9 million park site will consist of a 13-acre, all-abilities outdoor recreation facility that is reportedly benefitting from the generosity of community-based donors.

These monetary contributions, it was noted, will help pay for some of the innovative equipment and featured for the open space, located at 147 Old Moncks Corner Road.

“We launched our We All Rise capital campaign late last year and have been pleasantly surprised and extremely grateful for the outpouring of financial support,” said Mayor Gregory Habib. “This giving level speaks volumes about our community’s commitment to ensuring inclusivity.”

The barrier-free components of Central Creek Park will serve visitors of all ages and abilities and they include: Debra’s Playground, Splash Creek, a field, stage area, a walking trail, the Eubanks Athletic Courts and the Casey Pavilion, sponsored by Roper St. Francis Healthcare.

“I hope the Roper St. Francis Casey Pavilion will be a place for residents of all ages to gather for health, wellness, fitness, and fellowship,” said Roper President & CEO Dr. Jeffrey DiLisi. “We are proud to be a part of this growing and vibrant community, both by supporting spaces, such as this, as well as providing exceptional care at sites across the county. We hope this special Pavilion serves the community for decades to come, and we look forward to continuing to partner with and care for Goose Creek.”

Jeff Lewis Architect, Trident Construction, The LandPlan Group South, Carolina Parks & Play, Landscape Structures and Rain Drop have all been commissioned by the City of Goose Creek to assure residents that the park will operate as a safe and friendly venue for all community members.

The aforementioned companies have produced and approved designs to facilitate wheelchair access across multiple areas of the park, along with swings, a zipline and several Splash Creek water-play features, such as: Mr. Claw Crab, the Pirate Cannon and the Big Kahuna Wave.

Park, play and exercise structures and/or amenities have been built to accommodate people of varying sizes, postures and mobility ranges in the interest of providing the highest of physical challenges while keeping hazards at a minimum.

It’s a sentiment that Goose Creek Recreation Director Crystal Reed wholeheartedly endorses.

“Central Creek Park is a testament to how important a universal-access culture is to the citizens of Goose Creek,” she said. “Our community stepped up in a big way to help create a world-class outdoor recreation space for everyone, regardless of age or ability.“

Project partner/supporter and CEO-President of Goose Creek Heating & Air Robbie Wright added: “We are honored and delighted to support such a game-changing community centerpiece as Central Creek Park. [It’s] a welcome addition to an already vibrant culture, the park will make fitness, play, awareness, and exposure to new opportunities accessible to all. Goose Creek Heating and Air is proud to play a small part in this extraordinary endeavor.”

The recreation destination’s footprint will be able to handle more than 600 individuals at a time and ensures that no one is excluded from the joys derived from outdoor play, promises Goose Creek Assistant Recreation Director Nicole Herrera Murray.

On that note, Murray believes that the new park will emerge as “the heartbeat of our community.”

Private donations made to the park were in excess of $1.3 million, which comprised leadership gifts, naming opportunities and a long list of Friends of the Park.

Notable gifts include:

• Casey Pavilion, Made Possible by Roper St. Francis Healthcare

• Early Childhood Playground, Made Possible by Berkeley County

• School-Age Playground, Made Possible by Boeing

• Splash Creek, Made Possible by Berkeley County

• Park Office, Made Possible by Goose Creek Heating & Air

• Field & Stage, Made Possible by Home Telecom

• Walking Trail, Made Possible by Berkeley Electric Cooperative & Trident Construction

• Community Trail, Made Possible by Mungo Homes

• Eubanks Athletic Courts, Made Possible by Goose Creek Recreation Commission

There is still time to support the park with a general donation or sponsor a Tribute Bench in honor or memory of someone special. A gift of $1,500 reserves the right to honor or memorialize an individual, group, or organization with an inscribed plaque that will be placed on a park bench. To learn more about dedicating a park bench or donating, visit https://www.cognitoforms.com/CityOfGooseCreek1/ParkDonations.

For information on Central Creek Park, visit www.cityofgoosecreek.com/centralcreekpark.

Goose Creek woman left paying for faulty solar panels after company goes bankrupt

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCBD) – ‘Going green’ is not coming with the perks it promises for a Goose Creek woman.Tina Willis said she is paying thousands of extra dollars after her solar panels stopped working, and the company she bought them from went bankrupt.She’s also not the only one in this situation. The company, ‘Pink Energy,’ is at the center of over a thousand similar complaints, and is being investigated by the office of the North Carolina Attorney General.Many consumers, like Will...

GOOSE CREEK, S.C. (WCBD) – ‘Going green’ is not coming with the perks it promises for a Goose Creek woman.

Tina Willis said she is paying thousands of extra dollars after her solar panels stopped working, and the company she bought them from went bankrupt.

She’s also not the only one in this situation. The company, ‘Pink Energy,’ is at the center of over a thousand similar complaints, and is being investigated by the office of the North Carolina Attorney General.

Many consumers, like Willis, say they are stuck with faulty solar panels and left to cover costly repairs.

Willis said she was first approached about solar panels in November 2020. A Pink Energy salesman came to her house in Goose Creek with an enticing offer.

“They could virtually eliminate my electric bill and give me a solar payment that was equivalent to that electric bill,” Willis said. “So in essence I would just be swapping an electric bill for a solar payment.”

Her monthly payment is roughly $254. Willis signed one contract with Pink Energy and another with their recommended loan company.

“I entered into a $71,000 loan basically on what that salesman told me and promised me,” she said.

For the first two months after the system was turned on, she saw what they promised.

“I got negative electricity bills, which was fantastic,” said Willis.

It was the months after that concerned her.

A yellow light came on notifying her the solar panel system wasn’t working correctly.

“They fix it — then I’ve been without full service for a month,” she said. “Three days later it goes out again, and this goes on for all of 2021.”

Willis got a letter from Pink Energy and Generac, the company that supplies parts for solar panels. They explained there was an issue with her equipment.

Once it was fixed, she was told they replaced the bad parts with new ones. But shortly after, Willis said the problems continued.

“After nine months of this I went online because I started having trouble getting through to Pink Energy — started getting busy signals all the time,” she said.

Pink Energy went bankrupt and closed in early October. The company’s website points to “rampant customer discontent resulting from faulty Generac solar equipment.”

Generac officials told News 2 that some customers are having issues with their solar panels due to Pink Energy installations, not bad equipment.

Pink Energy filed a lawsuit against Generac over the issues. However, Willis said she is still obligated to pay back the $71,000 loan.

“I have paid over $8,000 for electricity — my light bill plus my solar bill since I got the panels,” she said.

The South Carolina Department of Consumer Affairs said they are aware of the company, but they could not comment.

Carri Grube Lybarker, a consumer advocate, has a few recommendations when it comes to purchasing solar or using third-party lenders.

“You just want to make sure you’re doing your good due diligence and background work when you’re spending your good-earned money,” she said.

Grube Lybarker recommends that consumers reach out to the Department of Consumer Affairs so they can look into the matter.

Moving forward, Willis said she will get a copy before signing anything and use her own lender. She also plans to work with an attorney to see what else can be done.

The News 2 Investigators tried to reach out to Pink Energy, but were unable to get in contact.

The company Willis got her loan through would not answer questions from News 2. Instead, a company representative said they encourage customers impacted by the Pink Energy bankruptcy to contact them directly.

Goose Creek backs up region title with win over rival Stratford

GOOSE CREEK — The Goose Creek Gators reeled in their fourth straight region championship last week, and added the city championship to their 2022 resume Friday night.Overcoming a handful of turnovers and other gaffes, the Gators maintained possession of the Golden Goose trophy with a 25-20 victory at rival Stratford at Ray Stackley Field on Oct. 28.The win was the second straight in the series and 13th in 16 meetings for the Gators (4-6), who completed a clean sweep of all four Region 6-AAAAA foes after starting off 0-6. ...

GOOSE CREEK — The Goose Creek Gators reeled in their fourth straight region championship last week, and added the city championship to their 2022 resume Friday night.

Overcoming a handful of turnovers and other gaffes, the Gators maintained possession of the Golden Goose trophy with a 25-20 victory at rival Stratford at Ray Stackley Field on Oct. 28.

The win was the second straight in the series and 13th in 16 meetings for the Gators (4-6), who completed a clean sweep of all four Region 6-AAAAA foes after starting off 0-6. It wasn’t the best version of the Gators, but their performance was enough to head into the Class AAAAA playoffs with some momentum.

Gators coach Jason Winstead knows his bunch has plenty to work on in practice starting Monday.

“We always tell our kids there are three parts to the season,” Winstead said. “Our first part didn’t go great, but we were 4-0 in the region and that’s what you aim for in part two. Now, it’s time for the most important part. Tonight wasn’t always pretty but you knew (Stratford) coach Dennie McDaniel would have his guys ready.”

The Gators open the playoffs at home Nov. 4 against West Ashley, a tough squad from Region 7-AAAAA.

“We’ve got our work cut out for us,” Winstead said. “They’re coming over to our place with a 7-3 record. Their defense is really good. We better be playing our best football.”

Stratford dropped to 2-7 overall and 1-3 in the region. The Knights had possession down one score with 3:08 left at their own 20 and moved up toward midfield with under two minutes left before coming up just short on a fourth-and-4 with 1:35 remaining.

The Gators knelt down twice to run out the clock.

Goose Creek senior quarterback Drew Moore endured a wild night, throwing three touchdowns to receiver Davion Malloy and running for another score, but also heaving four interceptions. Three of the picks came in the first quarter and Stratford capitalized on two to lead 14-6, but Moore settled down and played better the rest of the way.

“Drew had a rough first quarter,” Winstead said. “Two of those were batted balls on our part but nice plays by Stratford. We’re going to ride with Drew.”

The Gators were fortunate to lead, 18-14, at the break after Stratford picked off those four passes. The Knights were on the verge of taking an advantage into the break, marching more than 70 yards in the closing minutes of the second quarter following Brenden Carter’s second interception.

Instead, Knights quarterback Jachin Davis lost a fumble at the Gators’ 2 with under a minute remaining in the second quarter and Gators defensive back Gabe White was there to recover.

Stratford received the opening kickoff of the second half, but was forced to punt and Goose Creek went 75 yards in eight plays to extend its advantage at the 7:59 mark of the third quarter. Moore’s 11-yard touchdown connection to Malloy and Maya Gonzalez’s extra point made it, 25-14.

The Knights didn’t go away, though, pulling within 25-20 on Davis’s 20-yard touchdown pass to receiver Jalen Barry on the second play of the fourth quarter. Gators defensive back Troy Reid knocked down the pass on the 2-point conversion to keep the lead at five.

Stratford had three more chances on the way in but couldn’t break back on top. The Gators came up with a fumble recovery at their own 18 with 9:28 left to stymie the Knights’ best chance to take the lead.

“I’m really proud of our defense and coaches to finish the way we did,” Winstead said. “We’ve had some moments where we didn’t play very well on that side of the ball this year. They stepped up tonight.”

In the first quarter, Stratford converted Moore’s first interception into a 3-yard touchdown run by Darrell Holmes less than two minutes in and had another opportunity following Carter’s first interception, but punted through the end zone.

The Gators dented the scoreboard for the first time on their second drive, going 80 yards to score on Moore’s 11-yard touchdown pass to Malloy. Running back Meliq McGowan’s 38-yard run was a key play on the drive. However, the extra point clanked off the left upright and Stratford led, 7-6, with 5:01 remaining in the opening period.

Stratford wasn’t done picking off passes, though, and turned Moore’s third interception into a 20-yard scoring drive following a Jaden Washington pick. Tim Lloyd’s 3-yard run and Matt Haas extra point put the Knights up, 14-6, at the 1:54 mark of the first quarter.

In the second quarter, the Gators scored on drives of 75 and 80 yards to go up, 18-14, and never trailed again. Neither 2-point conversion was good. Moore’s 1-yard run capped the shorter one and a 38-yard strike to Malloy with 7:29 remaining in the half gave the Gators their first lead.

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