Bears, Yellow Jackets and Warriors begin quests for state titles

  • Wednesday, November 6, 2013

Georgetown’s Cody Floyd chases the Wilson quarterback.

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Carvers Bay shut out Timmonsville 21-0 last week to wrap their second straight region title and second straight Lower State No. 1 seed in Class A.

Lewis Morant (6 yards), Raheem Dease (14 yards) and Hikeem Hampton (10 yards) all had touchdown runs for the Bears.

Morant was the leading rusher for Carvers Bay with 105 yards. Hampton had 93 and Devin Cuttino added 58.

Israel Davis was 3-for-6 passing for 67 yards. Chris Carter was the leading receiver with 35 yards. Norman Geathers had 20 yards and Brandon Young had 12.

Darius Carr led the Carvers Bay defense with five tackles. Young had three tackles and a sack; Tyrell Richard had three tackles and an interception; Terrence Richard had three tackles and a fumble recovery; Hampton, Dease, and Terrence Richard had three tackles each; and Molik Reed had a fumble recovery.

Carvers Bay (9-1) hosts Baptist Hill on Friday night.

Andrews

The Yellow Jackets lost to 39-13 to Lake Marion last week, but their 6-4 record was good enough for a No. 7 seed in Division II of the Class AA playoffs and a home playoff game.

Andrews scored first last week on an Ethan Wright 7-yard touchdown run.

The Gators then tied the score on a kickoff return.

“Everything was going our way [until] we gave up a kick return of [92] yards,” coach Scott Durham said.

After their next possession stalled, the Yellow Jackets gave the Gators a short field by snapping the ball over the punter’s head.

Lake Marion scored on a 1-yard run, and then took advantage of turnovers on the first play of the next two Andrews’ possessions to extend the lead to 25-7.

“Turnovers killed us,” Durham said. “We didn’t give ourselves a chance”

Stefone Langley returned an interception 16 yards for a touchdown to cut the lead to 25-13, but that’s as close as Andrews got.

The Yellow Jackets had 148 yards of offense; the Gators had 311 yards.

Carlos Smalls and Leon Davis combined for 53 yards to lead the Andrews’ ground game. Maleek Johnson had 24 yards, and Kalin Hudson added 20.

Wright was 3-for-9 passing for 15 yards before leaving the game with an injury. Backup C.J. Bone was 1-for-3 passing for 29 yards. It was the first varsity snaps at quarterback for Bone, who started the season on the JV.

Victor Mention was the leading receiver with 29 yards. Mention and Smalls combined for 103 yards on kickoff returns.

Durham was unsure if Wright would return to the lineup on Friday night.

Andrews hosts No. 10 seed Calhoun County on Friday.

“We’re trying to find some healthy bodies,” Durham said.

Waccamaw

The Warriors wrapped up the regular season with a 41-0 loss in the rain at Dillon last week. It’s the second straight year the Warriors were winless in the region.

Despite the score, coach Tyronne Davis was pleased with his team’s effort.

“Our kids played hard. It’s a very intimidating atmosphere. Defensively I think we played super.”

Deandre Richardson had 15 tackles, Jabbrel Drayton had 10 and Tyler Davis had seven.

Justin Holmes led the Waccamaw offense with 20 rushing yards.

Injuries forced coach Davis and his staff to simply their offense the past few weeks, but Tyriq Grant will return for the playoff game at Edisto on Friday.

“Having him back is going to help us out offensively,” Davis said.

Playing against some of the Lower State’s best teams in their own region (Dillon, Loris) has given Davis some confidence as the post season begins.

“I think we’ve got a good opportunity in the playoffs.”

Georgetown

Two-tenths of a point.

That’s what separated Georgetown from a spot in the Class AAA playoffs.

The Bulldogs took care of business on Friday by beating Wilson 45-24, but found themselves left behind when the brackets were released on Saturday.

“It’s not what we wanted or were we wanted to finish up,” coach Bradley Adams said. “We still believe this is the best football we’ve had since we’ve been there. We just couldn’t catch a break this year.”

Before the Wilson game, the Bulldogs knew they had to win to even have a shot at the playoffs.

“The kids played extremely well,” Adams said. “They played with a chip on their shoulders.”

The Tigers ran the opening kickoff back 85 yards to jump out to a 7-0 lead.

Georgetown tied the game 1:11 later on a 57-yard run by DaeQuan Gibson.

“DaeQuan came to play football,” Adams said.

After Caleb Justice extended the Bulldogs’ lead to 10-7 with a 24-yard field goal, Wilson fumbled the ensuing kickoff, giving Georgetown the ball on the 37-yard-line.

Four plays later Jarvis Brown hit Marquez Drayton with an 8-yard touchdown pass to put Georgetown in front 17-7 at the end of the first quarter.

Wilson tied the score with a field goal and a touchdown, and then fumbled again near their own goal line. Georgetown recovered and Gibson ran it in from two yards out.

The Bulldogs then outscored the Tigers 21-7 in the second half.

Brown hit Javon Leake with a 35-yard touchdown pass, Jalil Smith had a 1-yard touchdown run, and Brown wrapped up the scoring with a 50-yard touchdown run.

“The kids stuck to the game plan and continued to stay hungry,” Adams said. “They continued to fight and were determined to be the better football team.”

Georgetown compiled 418 yards of offense in the game.

Gibson led the rushing attack with 168 yards. Brown had 87 yards and Michael Billings added 36.

Brown was 13-for-28 passing for 128 yards. Zaquan Collins was the leading receiver with 44 yards. Leake had 35 yards and Drayton had 33.

Jordan Ward led the Georgetown defense with 11 tackles, a sack and an interception. Cody Floyd had 10 tackles, forced a fumble and recovered a fumble; Gerald German had seven tackles; and Drayton had four tackles and two sacks; Shaquille Bromell had four tackles and one sack; Davious Grant had a sack; Justin Reed and Tripp Cooper had fumble recoveries; and Quemell Brave had an interception.

The defense played with a “high motor” all night long, Adams said.

Georgetown ends the season 5-5. For nearly half of the games, nine Bulldogs starters were injured, forcing young players into action.

“This is probably the best job that we’ve done as a coaching staff since we’ve been there,” Adams said. “Regardless of how well we coach, without depth they’re going to struggle.”

“For this program to go to the next level, somebody else has to step up and play football.”

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