Wednesday, October 2, 2013
Waccamaw ended the first half of the season with a 27-6 win over Timmonsville last week, improving the Warriors to 4-1. It's the best first half of a season for Waccamaw since a 4-1 start in 2009.
“We had the outcome we wanted but we didn't play well,” said Warriors coach Tyronne Davis. “I told them, we played well enough to win but we didn't play up to our potential.”
The Warriors struck on their first possession of the game when Jalen Simmons hit Kane Travis with a touchdown pass. Four minutes later Simmons connected with Rob Ferraro to extend the lead to 14-0.
The Warriors got lucky on their next touchdown as Justin Holmes fumbled inside the 5-yard-line but Jabbrel Drayton grabbed the ball and ran it in for the 20-0 lead.
After Timmonsville cut the lead to 20-6, Waccamaw fumbled the ensuing kickoff, giving the Whirlwinds the ball on the Warriors' 6-yard-line. Waccamaw's defense kept Timmonsville out of the end zone to preserve the 14-point lead.
A 55-yard run by Holmes set up Waccamaw's final touchdown of the game, a 19-yard pass from Simmons to Jack Monroe with about a minute left in the third quarter.
Simmons was 7-for-10 passing for 212 yards. Ferraro had 137 of those yards on just three catches. Holmes had 98 yards on the ground.
“We've just got guys that are dedicated and actually want to play and don't want to come off the field this year,” Simmons said. “[They] want to play and are wearing the jerseys to play for each other and as a team this year.”
Waccamaw (4-1) opens region play hosting Mullins in the Homecoming game.
“It's five more games that we have to go into with the mentality that we played the first five games with,” Simmons said. “Continue practicing like we have been the past four weeks, and go from there.”
Davis said he was “very pleased” with the first half of the season.
“A big defeat [in] the first game, but I would say North Myrtle Beach is one of the best teams in the area, possibly in the state. Overall I think our kids have really worked hard and I'm proud of the effort so far. We've got to continue to improve each week and that's what we're working on.”
The Yellow Jackets rushed for 350 yards in a 26-21 win over Stall last week.
“Offensively it's the best that we've played so far,” said Andrews coach Scott Durham. “We played well in spurts. It was obvious from the get-go they weren't going to let us throw the ball.”
Durham said early in the game Stall committed four or five guys in pass defense on every play so they ran the ball.
Kalin Hudson led the rushing attack with 137 yards and a touchdown. Carlos Smalls had 102 yards and two touchdowns, Ethan Wright had 81 yards and a touchdown, and Cecil Murphy had 30 yards.
Wright was 7-for-15 passing for 37 yards. Josh Robinson had 21 receiving yards and Jaqwon Wright had 16.
Durham said his receivers dropped four passes, including a touchdown.
C.J. Bone led the Andrews defense with 12 tackles. Nick Altman had five tackles and forced a fumble, Robinson and Demontre Wright had five tackles each, Victor Mention had two sacks and an interception; and Smalls had an interception.
“Defensively it was the worst we've played all year,” Durham said. “We gave up too many big plays.”
In the first half of the season the Yellow Jackets have been “better than what people expected,” Durham said.
But they can be better, he added.
“We still haven't played anywhere near a complete game yet. We've gotten better, that's been our goal. We're a lot closer to being a good team than we were five weeks ago.”
Devin Cuttino scored three touchdowns to help the Bears beat St. James 39-6 last week.
Carvers Bay also got two touchdown runs from Israel Davis, and a 57-yard interception return for a touchdown from Raheem Dease.
Cuttino led the Bears' offense with 114 rushing yards. Aaron Cochran added 90 yards.
Darius Carr led Carvers Bay's defense with 12 tackles. Dease had 10 tackles, Naquez Pringle had six tackles and a sack, Tyrell Richard had five tackles, and Cuttino and Brandon Young had two sacks each.
Jordan Ward threw a touchdown pass and scored on a fumble recovery for the Bulldogs' only points in an 18-14 loss to Loris last week.
The Lions scored the only points of the first half with a 13-yard touchdown run at the 2:04 mark of the first quarter.
Georgetown tied the game when Ward recovered a fumble and ran it in from 7 yards out less than two minutes into the second half.
Four minutes later Ward hit Javon Leake with a 10-yard pass to give Georgetown a 14-6 lead.
Loris took the lead for good with a touchdown as the third quarter was ending, and added a touchdown in the fourth.
Jarvis Brown was 10-for-25 passing for 74 yards for Georgetown. Zaquan Collins was the leading receiver with 29 yards. Marquez Drayton added 21 yards.
Jordan Manigault had 51 yards on kick returns.
Manigault led the Bulldogs defense with 11 tackles, one sack and an interception. Cody Floyd had 10 tackles and a sack; Ward, Davious Grant and Jalil Smith had seven tackles each; Leake and Tres James had five tackles each; Drayton had four tackles; and Quemell Brave had an interception.
The Bulldogs recorded 15 tackles for a loss, pushing the Loris offense back 59 yards.