GEORGETOWN — The hits kept on coming for the Georgetown Bulldogs; the Socastee football machine showed no mercy.
Already starting the game with fourth-string quarterback and JV call-up Tony Cortez, Georgetown had to turn to fifth-stringer Tres James when Cortez left with a leg injury. Socastee (8-0, 3-0) ran the depleted ’Dogs (4-4, 1-2) into the ground with a 42-0 victory.
“We weren’t trying to worry about how many injuries they had, and what their situation was,” said Braves quarterback Hunter Renfrow. “We were just trying to be 1-0 this week and focus on what we needed to do.”
Socastee’s three-headed rushing attack had the same pounding effectiveness as it has all year. Kyle Smith softened up the defense early with runs up the middle; Delano Walters outsprinted defenders to the sidelines; Hunter Renfrow dipped and dunked his way to the type of game his region foes have become accustomed to.
“Our line opens up the holes for us, and gives us huge holes to run through,” said Renfrow, who rushed for 192 yards and a touchdown on 11 carries. “We thank them every day.”
Walters checked in with 104 yards on nine carries, and Smith had 35 yards and a first-quarter touchdown on nine carries. The efficient passing attack also hurt the Bulldogs on Friday night, with tight end Max Kjosa catching a 3-yard TD pass from Jordan Hodge in the first quarter, and a 41-yard touchdown from Renfrow in the second quarter.
“We try to feed the three-headed monster and take what the defense gives us,” Braves coach Doug Illing said.
“We’ve got speed to get out wide, toughness to get up the middle and one that can go either way. It just stresses the defense a lot. Then you throw in the fact that we can throw the football as well, and it just complicates it a lot for the defense.”
For the Bulldogs, the injuries have become an unwanted theme to their season. With Cortez’s injury, that makes nine starters who have gone down already this year. Michael Billings went down for the season early in the year, and Jarvis Brown and Daquon Gibson were hurt in a Week 7 loss to North Myrtle Beach.
Along with Cortez, who showed poise early with a 48-yard strike to Zaquan Collins before his injury, freshman Daquan Washington shouldered the load on the ground
“Cortez is going to be a very good quarterback, and so is [Washington], they’re just very young right now,” coach Bradley Adams said.
Despite two consecutive shutouts and allowing 77 points in the previous two games, Adams said it is a plus to get freshman experience, and some of the team’s injured players are getting close to seeing the field again, although he couldn’t speak to the state of the injuries until consulting with the trainer on Sunday.
“We live to play another day, we live for another day, and we just come out thankful that we’re not as banged up as we were in the past,” he said.
Georgetown finishes out its region schedule with Myrtle Beach and Wilson, while Socastee must top Wilson and then St. James to finish undefeated.
“It’s not who we play; it’s not where we play; it’s about how we play,” Illing said, noting that to him, his team is 0-0. “As long as we keep our guys motivated and focused on that right there, then you can guard from having any letdown.”
S - Kyle Smith 3 run (Jason Farria kick), 7:37
S - Jordan Hodge 10 pass to Max Kjosa (Farria kick), 1:38
S - Hunter Renfrow 41 pass to Kjosa (Farria kick), 6:22
S - Renfrow 3 pass to Stephen Gursky (Farria kick), 2:23
S - Hunter Renfrow 51 run (Farria kick), 8:57
S - Hodge 1 run (Farria kick), 8:12
RUSHING—SOC: Hunter Renfrow, 11-192; Delano Walters, 9-104; Kyle Smith, 9-35; GT: Daquan Washington, 11-48; Jordan Manigault, 6-24
PASSING—SOC: Renfrow, 1-3-1, 42; Jordan Hodge, 1-1-0 10; GT: Tony Cortez, 1-4-1 48
RECEIVING—SOC: Max Kjosa, 2-51; GT: Zaquan Collins, 1-48
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