Wednesday, November 13, 2013
Last year, all of Georgetown County's high school football teams lost in the first round of the playoffs.
This year, county teams were 3-0 last week.
The Yellow Jackets beat Calhoun County 42-14 at home.
Andrews took the opening kickoff and drove down the field, helped by a long run by quarterback Ethan Wright, and got on the board first on 1-yard touchdown run by Carlos Smalls.
The Yellow Jackets then executed an onside kick, which they recovered, but after a meeting of the officials, the ball was awarded to the Saints.
Andrews coach Scott Durham said he was told there was a “miscommunication” between the officials, and the Yellow Jackets should have kept the ball.
Calhoun County drove down the field and tied the game, but that was the last time the score was close.
Andrews blocked a punt 1 minute into the second quarter and took over on the Saints' 26-yard-line. Maleek Johnson's 13-yard touchdown run gave the Yellow Jackets the lead for good at 14-8.
“We felt like if we could get ahead early, we could maybe put them away,” Durham said.
Andrews' next drive, which was helped by a long run after a catch by Eleon Bruce, resulted in Smalls' second 1-yard touchdown of the game to extend the lead to 22-8.
With about 1 minute left in the half, Calhoun County's quarterback fumbled, giving the Yellow Jackets the ball on their own 47. With 15 seconds left, Wright scrambled and found Josh Robinson on the 9-yard-line. Wright than hit Jaqwon Wright in the end zone with 5.6 seconds.
Calhoun County had two early opportunities in the third quarter, recovering an onside kick to start the second half and recovering an Andrews' fumble. The first drive stalled on the Andrews 14 and the second ended with a fumble inside the 5-yard-line.
Another Yellow Jackets' fumble early in the fourth quarter led to a Saints touchdown.
With 5:30 left in the game, Victor Mention grabbed an interception, which led to a 5-yard touchdown run by William Lewis.
Four minutes later Robinson scooped up a Calhoun County fumble and ran it in.
It was a satisfying win for the Andrews' seniors, who lost the week before on senior night.
“It was kind of good to have another playoff game at home,” Ethan Wright said. “One more chance for all the seniors.”
Lewis had 65 of Andrews' 231 rushing yards. Johnson and Ethan Wright had 41 yards each, Mention had 31, and Kalin Hudson had 26.
“It's always good to have William Lewis back,” Durham said. “He makes a difference. He's got a different gear than most people do and it makes a big difference in our running game.”
Ethan Wright was 7-for-14 passing for 127 yards. Bruce was the leading receiver with 56 yards. Jaqwon Wright had 36 yards and Robinson had 35.
Andrews travels to No. 2 seed Bishop England on Friday. The Battling Bishops had a bye last week.
“We've got to take care of the football. If we go in there and turn the football over we'll be in trouble,” Durham said. “We've just got to continue to run the ball. Our option game was a lot better tonight. It's been getting progressively better and we've just got to execute that without putting the ball on the ground to give ourselves a chance. ”
“We've got to play our game,” Mention said. “We have to play how we played this game. We can't have no penalties. We can't have no turnovers. We can't have none of that.”
The No. 12 seed Warriors rushed for 306 yards to upset No. 5 seed Edisto 18-13. It was Waccamaw's first playoff win since 1995.
“We're very excited for the win,” said coach Tyronne Davis. “Our kids played extremely hard.”
Going into the game the Waccamaw coaches knew the key to being competitive would be to control the line of scrimmage on both sides of the ball, which they did.
Waccamaw only committed four penalties in the game, which pleased Davis, but had three turnovers, one of which led to Edisto's first touchdown
“We've got to correct that,” Davis said.
Jalen Simmons rushed for 169 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Warriors' offense. Justin Holmes rushed for 109 yards.
Tyriq Grant had eight tackles, Tyler Davis had seven and Colin Floyd and Stephon Funnye had five each.
Waccamaw travels to No. 4 Lake Marion on Friday. The Gators had a bye last week.
“We've got to do the same thing we did Friday,” Davis said. “We've got to execute on both sides of the ball.”
Devin Cuttino had three touchdowns to lead the Bears to a 48-20 win over Baptist Hill.
Cuttino got Carvers on the board 1:28 into the game with a 10-yard run.
After the Bobcats scored, Terry Bromell had a 5-yard touchdown to put the Bears ahead for good.
Hikeem Hampton got an 18-yard touchdown run in the second quarter and Brandon Young caught a 33-yard touchdown pass from Israel Davis to extend the Bears' lead at halftime.
Cuttino had touchdown runs of 42 yards and 6 yards in the third quarter, and Lewis Morant added a 14-yard touchdown run in the fourth.
“Devin Cuttino had a great game,” said coach James “Nate” Thompson.
After losing in the first round of the playoffs last year, the Bears were “determined,” but nervous before the game.
“We tried to get them to relax and play the game,” Thompson said.
Bromell led the Bears offense with 84 rushing yards. Hampton had 54 yards, Cuttino had 53, and Chris Carter had 44.
Davis was 2-for-6 passing for 52 yards, all to Young.
Darius Carr led the Bears' defense with three tackles, a sack and an interception. Tyrell Richard had five tackles, Cuttino had three tackles and two sacks, Morant and Naquez Pringle each had three tackles and a sack, Marquiese Goss had three tackles and an interception, and Hampton had an interception.
Carvers Bay hosts No. 5 seed Estill on Friday. The Gators beat Johnsonville 26-7 last week.
“They've got some very fast backs,” Thompson said. “If they ever get on the corner they're going to beat you.”