Friday night was just another stepping stone for Socastee in what is the best season in school history.
The Braves won their first-ever Region VII-AAA title with a 42-7 victory over Wilson. It was also the Braves’ first season with nine wins.
“It’s basically the kids,” Socastee coach Tim Renfrow said. “Everyone is excited; the players, the fans, everyone. We take it one step at a time. It is a good win for these guys. The kids played hard and we are excited for them.”
Socastee didn’t have any problems moving the ball all night as it accumulated 349 yards rushing. Sophomore quarterback Hunter Renfrow got loose in the Braves triple-option offense and accumulated 206 of those yards.
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“It was a lot of credit to my fullback and running back,” Hunter Renfrow said. “They took the guys off really well. They did a good job playing the fake. My line did a good job of blocking tonight.”
Renfrow also accounted for five scores on the night. His first score came through the air. He threw a 1-yard pass to Kyle Smith to start the tallying in the first quarter. Renfrow scored on a 35-yard run as time expired in the quarter to give the Braves an early 14-0 lead.
Wilson didn’t back down from Socastee after the early hole it was in.
The Tigers held the Braves’ offense out of the end zone after quarterback T.J. Frederick threw his second interception of the night. Frederick led his team down the field and cut their deficit in half with a 9-yard passing score to Marquise Gregg.
Those would be the only points on the night for Wilson as the Socastee defense turned into a wall.
The Braves’ defense picked up one more interception and had seven sacks in the game and gave up just 164 total yards.
“The game of football is a team game in itself,” Hunter Renfrow said. “You just get guys together and gain that chemistry and things will work.”
Coming out in the second half, Renfrow went back to work. He scored one touchdown at the 10:46 mark of the third on a 61-yard run. With just under 5 minutes to go, Renfrow scampered for a 40-yard score. In his first three carries in the second half, he amassed 104 yards rushing.
Renfrow tacked his last one of the night on in the fourth quarter on an 11-yard run.
“He had a good game,” Tim Renfrow said of his son and quarterback. “Our coaches did a good job making adjustments for the second half. It was a team effort. Hunter was just the person they didn’t take away so he had the yards tonight.”
S-Kyle Smith 1 pass from Hunter Renfrow (Ryan Sutton kick), 5:15
S-Renfrow 35 run (Sutton kick), :00
W-Marquise Gregg 9 pass from T.J. Frederick (Luke Carter kick), :15
S-Renfrow 61 run (Matt Trimby kick), 10:46
S-Renfrow 40 run (Trimby kick), 4:51
S-Renfrow 11 run (Trimby kick), 8:34
S-Angelo Salto 1 run (Sutton kick), 1:14
RUSHING—Wilson: Frederick 12-36; Gaquan Maize 16-76; Devin Borden 5-5; Kendrick Johnson 1-7. Socastee: Renfrow 17-206; Daquon Brown 8-71; Delano Walters 6-33; Tommy Lazaroff 6-26; Adam Crane 1-0; Trimby 4-(-1); Angelo Salto 5-14.
PASSING—Wilson: Frederick 4-14-3, 1, 40. Socastee: Renfrow 3-6-0, 1, 41; Trimby 0-1-0, 0, 0.
RECEIVING—Wilson: Johnson 2-16; Maize 1-15; Gregg 1-9. Socastee: Zack Hyde 2-40; Kyle Smith 1-1.