PAWLEYS ISLAND — The Loris football machine kept churning on Friday night, cruising to a 49-0 win at Waccamaw.
The Lions got touchdowns on offense, defense and special teams to improve to 2-0 in Region VIII-AA and 5-2 on the season.
Coming off a game last week he called his team’s most complete effort, Loris coach Jamie Snider saw even more improvement from his team, which had made a living on it’s big play offense this season and had a tendency to let up late in games.
“It was nice tonight to finally line up and drive the ball. That was encouraging to see…it keeps a really good defense rested, so it was nice to see us line up and sustained some drives so we didn’t have to depend on just the big play,” Snider said.
Or at least as many big plays.
Sophomore Levi Moody had a 65-yard touchdown run in the second quarter to give the Lions a 21-0 lead going into the break, but the rest of the team’s offensive points came on plays of 20 yards or less. Moody had a 2-yard scoring run, Mikel Soles scored on a 6-yard quarterback keeper in the third and Demetrious Hemingway had a 20-yard touchdown run in the fourth quarter.
The biggest plays of the night were left up to the defense and special teams.
Loris scored early when Ryan Bellamy returned a Waccamaw (3-4, 0-2) punt 76 yards before the Lions had even taken a snap on offense, Tyree Floyd returned a fumble 40 yards for a score in the third quarter and Sigfreid Long recovered a muffed punt in the end zone in the fourth quarter to close scoring.
It was the third shutout of the season for Loris and the second in as many weeks, and was the fourth time this season the Warriors have been blanked.
“We’ve said that we want to always be great on defense and they lived up to that,” Snider said.
Another key change Snider has seen from his team in recent weeks is that they have kept playing hard despite holding a large lead.
“The difference was, and I was pleased to see this, but we kept going,” Snider said. “We didn’t just sit on 21. The first game of the year we were up 9-0 against St. James. The final was 9-8. That’s a good thing.”
The Lions return home next week to face Mullins (2-5, 1-1). Waccamaw will host Aynor.
L-Ryan Bellamy 76 punt return (Orlin Mejia kick)
L-Levi Moody 2 run (Mejia kick), 9:44
L-Moody 65 run (Mejia kick), 1:43
L-Mikel Soles 6 run (Mejia kick) 8:43
L-Tyree Floyd 40 fumble return (Mejia kick), 8:18
L-Demetrious Hemingway 20 run (Mejia kick), 11:26
L-Sigfreid Long 0 fumble return (Mejia kick)
RUSHING—Loris: Soles 11-80, Moody 10-166, Stacy Dozier 1-0, Hemingway 6-12. Waccamaw: Jalen Simmons 16-32, Jack Monroe 4-6, Rob Ferraro 3-1, Rashawn Mitchell 8-32, Travis Pierce 3-5.
PASSING--Loris: Soles 3-9-31, #12 1-1-7. Waccamaw: Jack Monroe 1-7-0.
RECEIVING—Loris: Bellamy 2-20, Dozier 1-11, Danwane Hemingway 1-7. Waccamaw: J.D. Whitlock.