Waccamaw/Carvers Bay

Waccamaw players celebate after their fourth touchdown of the first half of their home opener Aug. 23.

The Waccamaw Warriors opened the 2019 season in convincing fashion, beating Carvers Bay 44-0.

“The ball just bounced our way,” Head Coach Shane Fidler said.

The Warriors scored their first touchdown at the 9:15 mark of the first quarter when quarterback Denson Crisler found receiver Tyree Funnye in the end zone. Crisler hooked up again with Funnye for a 41-yard TD, giving Waccamaw a 12-0 lead with three minutes to go in the first quarter.

Near the end of the second quarter, Chrisler found Funnye once again for a 73-yard TD, expanding the lead to 18-0. Right before halftime, running back Jay Simmons took a Crisler screen pass to the end zone making it 25-0.

Neither offense moved the ball well in the third quarter, until running back Kaimon Skinner found the end zone with a 54-yard run making it 31-0. Crisler later found receiver Kam Green for a 30-yard touchdown grab, basically putting the game away at 38-0.

Tight end Markell Strang caught a 3-yard pass from backup quarterback Jaret Yonker to make it 44-0 and that would be the final score.

Crisler had a career night, breaking the school record for passing TD’s in a game. He went 13-19 passing for 370 yards, 5 TD’s and no interceptions.

Skinner led the team in rushing with 74 yards on 11 carries and a touchdown. Funnye led the team in receiving with 6 catches for 184 yards and 3 touchdowns.

The Warriors defense had a big night, pitching the shutout and forcing the Carvers Bay Bears into 3 turnovers. Linebacker Walker Parler, fresh out of boot camp, had 4 tackles and 6 assists.

The Warriors will travel to Aynor Aug. 30 to take on the Blue Jackets.