The outcome was no longer in doubt, but the final play of Socastee’s 30-12 win over Crestwood on Friday night provided a perfect example of how the Braves have built the most successful season in the school’s history.
The Knights (6-5) had the ball on the Socastee 2-yard line as the game’s final seconds ticked away. And though a touchdown wouldn’t have changed the result, the Braves (11-0) defense rose to the occasion, stacking up the Crestwood ball carrier short of the goal line as the buzzer sounded, a final exclamation point on a solid victory in the opening round of the Class AAA playoffs.
“Our defense has gotten better each week,” Socastee coach Tim Renfrow said. “… There’s been many times before when we would have let them score there, but we sucked it up and did what we needed to do to get a win.”
Crestwood, the No. 4 seed from Region VI-AAA, appeared to have an advantage in size and athleticism, but the Knights made a handful of critical mistakes that Socastee was able to use to it’s advantage.
Among those was an attempt at a fake punt from Crestwood’s own 25-yard line which gained no yardage, then being drawn offside on defense by Socastee on a fourth-and-4 play, which kept the drive alive and led to Hunter Renfrow’s 15-yard touchdown pass to Zack Hyde in the second quarter. That score gave Socastee a 10-0.
A personal foul helped the Braves move the ball downfield again later in the second, helping fuel a drive capped by a 5-yard scoring run by Tommy Lazaroff that Socastee a 16-0 halftime lead.
“We got some breaks and we took advantage of them” Tim Renfrow said. “That was the difference in the game.”
Crestwood was able to move the ball better in the second half, but the Braves were able to find rhythm as well to help keep the clock moving and the Knights offense on the sideline.
“I knew they were a good football because of who they’ve played and how they’ve done. They are very physical…physical and quick, but we hung in there and made some plays, and that’s what it’s all about when you get to the playoffs,” Tim Renfrow said.
Hunter Renfrow threw two more touchdown passes in the second half, one of 11 yards to Dakota Morgan and the other 23 yards to Delano Walters.
Renfrow was 5-for-7 passing for 85 yards and rushed 14 times for 51 yards. Daquan Brown had a team-high 91 yards on 16 carries.
Socastee, which won it’s first region title this season, is 11-0 for the first time in the school’s history, and a win next week against Berkeley, which defeated Midland Valley on Friday, would mark the first time Socastee has won two postseason games in a season.
S-Matt Trimby 36 FG, 3:02
S-Hunter Renfrow 15 pass to Zack Hyde (Trimby kick), 10:36
S-Tommy Lazaroff 5 run (kick failed), 4:13
C-Ty’Son Williams 5 run (run failed), 8:32
S-Renfrow 11 pass to Dakota Morgan (Trimby kick), :26.
C-Williams 1 run (run failed)
S-Renfrow 23 pass to Delano Walters (Trimby kick), 8:12