Wednesday, September 18, 2013
By Chris Sokoloski
Georgetown High piled up 606 yards of offense last week en route to a 59-28 win over James Island.
After the Trojans took an early 7-0 lead, the Bulldogs drove 76 yards on 12 plays in just 3:03, capped by a Jalil Smith’s 1-yard touchdown run to tie the score.
Darrion Graham took a Jarvis Brown pass 56 yards for a touchdown as the second quarter began to put Georgetown on top 13-7.
James Island regained the lead with a touchdown halfway through the second quarter, but the Bulldogs then scored 33 unanswered points.
Brown threw touchdown passes to Graham (48 yards), Javon Leake (10 yards), and DaeQuan Gibson (9 yards), and Michael Billings and Gibson added rushing touchdowns to put Georgetown on top 46-14.
James Island cut the lead to 46-21 with less than a minute left in the third quarter, but Billings’ second touchdown run of the game extended it back to 53-21.
After another Trojans’ touchdown, Georgetown’s Jordan Manigault wrapped up the scoring with a 9-yard touchdown run.
Despite the 31-point victory, Bulldogs’ coach Bradley Adams said his team started flat and made mistakes on every play.
“The score looks as if we put on an offensive display,” Adams said, “but the coaches are not confident with what’s going on.”
The Bulldogs ran 68 plays and finished with 412 rushing yards and 194 passing yards. They also gained 111 yards on kickoff returns.
Billings led the ground game with 209 yards. Gibson had 101, Brown had 70 and Manigault had 31.
Adams credited his team’s success in running the ball to “fresh legs.”
“We feel like we have three very good tailbacks,” he said. “Any given time we can put the ball in their hands and we feel very comfortable.”
Brown was 11-for-14 passing for 194 yards. Graham was the leading receiver with 154 yards. Marquez Drayton had 21 yards.
Manigault had a 65-yard kickoff return and Gibson had a 37-yarder.
Leake and Cody Floyd led the Georgetown defense with eight tackles each. Sheldon Billings had seven, Quemell Brave had six, Manigault had five, and Drayton had four. Zaquan Collins had two interceptions and Comega Myers had a sack.
Adams is pleased with the way some of his younger players are stepping up.
“The younger guys are surprising us right now with the way they’re playing,” he said. It’s “very rewarding.”
Georgetown (3-0) hosts Carvers Bay (2-1) on Friday.
“They’re extremely athletic and extremely big… we respect them very much,” Adams said. “We’ll prepare with our game plan and not worry about any distractions."
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