PAWLEYS ISLAND — The Warriors are on quite a roll.
Since losing its first game of the season, the Waccamaw football team has won four straight games, the latest a 27-6 win over Timmonsville on Friday night.
The margin could have been even more lopsided, Warriors coach Tyronne Davis said.
“Tonight we were a little flat. We didn’t execute well,” he said. “Going back to this week our focus wasn’t there. We committed a lot of penalties. We had a lot of drives stopped by penalties. We’ve got to correct those mistakes and go back to fundamentals.”
Jalen Simmons was 7-for-10 passing for 212 yards and three touchdowns and Rob Ferraro had three catches for 137 yards and a touchdown.
“I am pleased with the effort of our offensive line,” Davis said. “We were able to pass the ball tonight. The front that [Timmonsville was] giving us allowed for us to pass. They packed the box with eight and nine defenders to stop our run game and it opened up the passing game for us.”
Justin Holmes managed 98 yards on nine attempts to add a running game and the defense had a goal line stand just before halftime.
• Timmonsville at Waccamaw, 7:30 p.m. |
• Aynor 52, (at) Hannah-Pamplico 13 | Though a loss to Latta two weeks ago still stings, the Blue Jackets rolled again to improve to 4-1.
“We played pretty good tonight obviously,” Aynor coach Jody Jenerette said. “The loss two weeks ago still stings a little bit. But if you told me we’d be 4-1 right now I’d be happy.”
Daquan Smith ran 10 times for 125 yards and two touchdowns and Louis Taylor had 101 yards and two scores on 11 rushes to lead the Aynor rushing attack, which dominated the game.
“We had about 500 yards rushing,” Jenerette said. “We tried to run the ball tonight. We challenge the guys to get better blocks and we did tonight.”
Next up for the Blue Jackets? A Dillon squad that was beaten by Marlboro County on Friday night. It was a bit of an upset considering the Wildcats are a perennial power.
“They lost tonight so they’re going to be fired up and ready to go,” Jenerette said. ““We just can’t turn the ball over. We’ve just got to play low and be physical. If we can have a tiny bit of success against Dillon, it can carry into the other region games. We know they’re very good.”
RUSHING—Aynor: Smith 10-125, Taylor 11-101, Doyle 7-87.
PASSING—Aynor: Doyle 1-1-0 5.
RECEIVING—Aynor: Taylor 1-5.
• Beaufort 49, (at) Carolina Forest 35 | In one of the more exciting games on the Grand Strand, the Panthers came within one point of a tie with Beaufort before it all came crashing down.
“Well, it was a 28-27 game there in the third; we had just scored so we stopped the momentum but then [Beaufort] took an eight-point lead,” Carolina Forest coach Drew Hummel said. “I think it was very competitive, a very back-and-forth game, but we have to continue to get better against the run. It really came back to hurt us. Offensively we put up some points and we did some good things but we have to get better defensively.”
Despite the effort, Hummel expected more out of his squad, which just one week prior beat Myrtle Beach 41-35.
“We’re really disappointed,” Hummel said. “It was game that we could have won, but we didn’t execute. The special teams blunders hurt us, and we put ourselves in a position to not be able to win the game.”
Moving forward, the Panthers will head into a bye week with a lot of time to think. Hummel offered a glimpse into that thought process.
“Our mindset right now is we have to take advantage of the bye week, get shored up, get healthy, get our players and our personnel well-rested and get ready for Goose Creek.”