Three years in the same offensive system is paying dividends for Georgetown quarterback Caleb Hughes and his teammates.
The senior operated a fast, no-huddle offense out of the shotgun formation to near perfection in the first half, and Georgetown remained tied for the lead in Region VII-AAA with a convincing 34-7 win over North Myrtle Beach.
Hughes completed 17 of 23 passes for 195 yards and four touchdowns without an interception Friday night.
“I feel comfortable, I’m relaxed out there,” Hughes said. “My offensive linemen have blocked great this year all around. They’ve really played their butts off and the reason I throw all these touchdown right now is because of them.”
Georgetown was pitching a shutout until Laquinn Bellamy scored on a 2-yard run with 3:40 remaining in the game.
The Bulldogs (5-2) are tied with Socastee atop the region at 2-0. The Chiefs (4-3) fell to 0-2 in the region with losses to those two top teams.
“We came out in the first half fired up and hitting,” Hughes said. “… This game meant a lot. We’ve lost every game on the road so winning on the road at [NMB] homecoming and kind of a hostile environment is a big win for us, no doubt. We’ve got to get ready for next week and try to contend for this region championship.”
In the first half alone, Hughes was 15 of 19 for 154 yards and three touchdowns.
Alvin Walker had seven receptions for 79 yards and a touchdown – all in the first half – Tarik Tucker had seven catches for 55 yards and a score, Chris Gamble had touchdown receptions of 13 and 40 yards, and Josh Huneault kicked field goals of 43 and 37 yards.
The field goals came on the Bulldogs’ first two possessions. Georgetown was able to find the end zone the next three times it had the football to record points on all five of its first-half possessions.
Tucker caught a 9-yard touchdown pass over the middle for a 13-0 lead, Gamble snuck out of the backfield for a 13-yard reception that made it 20-0, and Walker’s 37-yard scamper down the left sideline after a quick out from Hughes gave Georgetown a 27-0 halftime lead. Gamble added a 40-yard score over the middle midway through the third quarter.
Georgetown wasted little time calling and running plays, snapping the ball within seconds of it being placed by the official.
“We just kind of pick and choose our opponents and who we think we can and who we can’t do that with,” Adams said. “It just depends also on how our running game is going and how we’re playing defensively, whether we’re going to go real fast or really slow it down. We had a lot of success tonight early throwing the football.”
Though still in a no-huddle, Georgetown slowed its pace and primarily ran the ball in the second half.
Chiefs coach Perry Woolbright said his team was prepared to defend the fast-paced offense.
“We just didn’t come out and play the same football we’ve been playing all year,” Woolbright said. “We just didn’t have the effort in the first half. We just weren’t playing with the fire and physical nature we played with at the beginning of the season.
“I told them [at halftime] that’s about as bad as we’ve played. That’s not our football team, and our kids realized that. I said, ‘We’ve got to find our football team. That’s our football team of the past. That’s what we’ve overcome, that’s not what got us through the first part of the season.”
North Myrtle Beach starting running back Delonzo Williams and starting quarterback Kendrick Furness started the game despite ankle injuries, and both were knocked from the game in the first half. Williams exited after the Chiefs’ first offensive play, and Furness was helped off the field following a sack late in the first quarter.
Junior Will Hardwick completed 11 of 18 passes for 104 yards in relief of Furness. But nine Georgetown sacks accounted for losses of more than 50 yards, and the Chiefs were otherwise able to gain 119 yards rushing on 29 carries.
“Hopefully we can get Delonzo back next week,” Woolbright said. “We knew coming into the game there was a good chance he wasn’t going to be able to make it. He was about 80 percent.”
|N. Myrtle Beach||0||0||0||7||-||7|
G—Josh Huneault 43 FG
G—Huneault 37 FG
G—Tarik Tucker 9 pass from Caleb Hughes (Huneault kick)
G—Chris Gamble 13 pass from Hughes (Huneault kick)
G—Alvin Walker 37 pass from Hughes (Huneault kick)
G—Gamble 40 pass from Hughes (Huneault kick)
NMB—Laquinn Bellamy 2 run (Kevin Mooney kick)