Andrews holds off Waccamaw 19-7

  • Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Chris Sokoloski/South Strand News Andrews High’s Tyreike Steele wraps up Waccamaw High’s Kevin Gasque in the backfield during the Yellow Jackets’ 19-7 win on Aug. 22.

Johnathan Grant, William Lewis and Tarez Graham all had touchdowns to give Andrews High a 19-7 win over Waccamaw on Aug. 22.

Waccamaw struggled all night with cramps, with multiple starters missing large portions of the game.

No cramps on the Andrews sideline according to head coach Scott Durham.

“We wore them down physically,” Durham said. “We were the most physical team out here and that’s always our goal. I told them before the game the most physical team would win the game, and that’s what happened.”

Neither team could find the end zone in the first half, although Andrews had two shots at a touchdown in the waning seconds of the second quarter.

“I was happy with our effort in the first half,” Waccamaw coach Tyronne Davis said. “In the second half we had a lot of kids … hurt.

“With the hot night, conditioning was an issue for us, and we talked about depth early in the season, that’s one of our problems.”

Waccamaw took advantage of a short Andrews punt and halfback Kelton Grant hit Jemon Smalls with a 33-yard touchdown pass to give the Warriors a 7-0 lead two minutes into the third quarter.

Three minutes later, Andrews’ Johnathan Grant raced 75 yards to tie the game at 7-7.

The game remained tied until Cecil Murphy’s 46-yard punt return set up Andrews with a first-and-goal with 5:30 left in the game. Lewis scored from six yards out, but the Yellow Jackets missed the extra point to keep the score 13-7.

“My team fought hard tonight,” said Murphy. “We kept our heads up and we never backed down.”

One minute later, Jaqwon Wright forced Kelton Grant to fumble, and Graham grabbed the ball and raced 45 yards into the end zone for the 19-7 final.

“That turnover was a product of the physicality of the game,” Durham said. “By the end I think they were pretty worn down and it’s a little easier to get that ball to come out in that situation.”

Andrews dominated the game on offense, racking up 161 rushing yards and 52 passing yards. Waccamaw had 31 rushing yards and 44 passing yards.

Grant led the Yellow Jackets’ ground game with 123 yards. Maleek Johnson had 35 yards, Lewis had 22 and Demontre Wright had 16.

Kevin Gasque led the Warriors with 24 rushing yards. Tyriq Grant had 22.

Andrews quarterback C.J. Bone was 3-for-10 for 52 yards and one interception. Jaqwon Wright caught two passes for 42 yards; Jailyn Carrington caught one pass for 10 yards.

Waccamaw quarterback Trace Mills was 3-for-13 for 11 yards. Shea Burke caught one pass for 11 yards.

“We could have done better,” Mills said. “We’ve just got to work harder. There was times when we were doing our things right and there was times when people didn’t know what to do.”

Demontre Wright led the Andrews defense with six tackles. Jaqwon Wright and Tyreike Steele had four each, and Carrington and Raekwon Acosta each had three.

Tyriq Grant led the Waccamaw defense with 12 tackles. Tyler Davis had 11 tackles; Session had five tackles and a sack; Smalls, Ladarious Taylor, Justin Holmes, Colin Floyd and Jabbrel Drayton had three tackles each; and Darnell Dodd had an interception.

Durham called the win “ugly.”

“Typical early season game. Defense was great, offense was awful.”

Andrews hosts St. James and Waccamaw travels to Hannah-Pamplico on Aug. 29.

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