MYRTLE BEACH — There would be no Myrtle Beach hangover for Socastee.
The Braves, a week after one of the biggest wins in school history, used their usual strong running game to overpower Georgetown 44-14.
The win moved the Braves to 8-0. More importantly, Socastee is now 3-0 in Region VII-AAA and has already defeated both of its top contenders for the region crown.
“We played our best, and we weren’t giving up on them,” quarterback Hunter Renfrow said after another big night. “We want to win out. That’s what we want to do.”
Renfrow finished the game with 119 yards rushing and another 73 through the air. Included in that latter total was a 32-yard touchdown pass to Stephen Gursky and 17-yarder to Dakota Morgan. It was an added dynamic the team hasn’t shown much of this season.
Renfrow attempted just one pass last week against Myrtle Beach and had thrown for just 244 yards all season coming into the game.
Just as crucial, the offense made sure it took advantage of a strong performance on the other side of the ball. One week after intercepting Myrtle Beach five times, the Braves added four more against Georgetown. Two came in the first quarter, preventing Georgetown from getting anything significant going when the game was still in question.
“Our defense has gotten better,” coach Tim Renfrow said. “We’ve gotten healthy, and they’ve gotten better. The kids are seeing the ball and making a great break on it. And we’re getting a good pass rush. … When you have a short field, it helps.”
Said Hunter Renfrow: “They’re playing great right now. Nine interceptions – that’s crazy.”
It was a bonus for a team that ran for 354 yards. In addition to Renfrow’s total, Daquon Brown rushed for 94 and a score and Tommy Lazaroff went for 81 and three touchdowns.
Michael Billings led the Bulldogs with 111 yards on 16 carries, while quarterback Caleb Hughes threw for 160 yards, continuing his pursuit of the school’s all-time passing mark.
Early on Friday, it appeared he might get there a little faster. He connected with Alvin Walker for a 67-yard scoring strike moments into the second quarter. After that, though, the Braves’ defense went into lockdown mode. From there, Georgetown punted three times, was picked off twice and lost the ball on a fumble.
It may not get any easier next week for the Bulldogs, who fell to 5-3 overall and 2-1 in the region. Georgetown will have Myrtle Beach (7-1, 2-1, and the winner will have the inroads toward a home playoff game.
The Braves will play their final regular-season home game next week against Wilson, a team that was winless in its first two region tries, before the annual rivalry game at St. James Oct. 26. If Socastee wins either of those two, it guarantees itself a home playoff game.
“St. James and Wilson are good. I feel like we have a chance at something,” Hunter Renfrow said. “But we just want to win out. That’s our plan.”
S – Tommy Lazaroff 8 run (Ryan Sutton kick)
G – Julian Lunsford 6 run (Josh Huneault kick)
S – Lazaroff 3 run (Sutton kick)
G – Alvin Walker 67 rec from Caleb Hughes (Huneault kick)
S – Brown 2 run (Sutton kick)
S – Sutton 30 FG
S – Stephen Gursky 32 rec from Hunter Renfrow (Sutton kick)
S – Lazaroff 31 run (Sutton kick)
S – Dakota Morgan 17 rec from Renfrow (kick failed)
RUSHING—GT – Julian Lunsford 9-34, Michael Billings 16-111, Caleb Hughes 4-(-)7, Dae’Quan Gibson 1-(-)2. Soc – Hunter Renfrow 12-119, Daquon Brown 19-94, Tommy Lazaroff 8-81, Delano Walters 4-31, Austin Stanley 1-2, Adam Crane 1-2, Devin Melko 4-6
PASSING—GT – Hughes 12-24-4, 160 yards. Soc – Renfrow 4-5-1, 73 yards.
RECEIVING—GT – Alvin Walker 5-96, Cannon Ballard 1-10, Marquez Drayton 4-41, Billings 1-6, Tarik Tucker 1-7. Soc – Stephen Gursky 2-48, Dakota Morgan 1-17, Wayne Bauerle 1-6.
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