Seeking to maximize his team’s strengths, Waccamaw High School football coach Tyronne Davis decided to switch up the Warriors’ offense a bit this season and looked to another program in the area for a little inspiration.
Davis found his new offensive coordinator in Socastee, luring former Braves JV head coach Shannon McAlister to his staff while looking for a system that would best capitalize on the team’s wealth of speed.
And so far, so good.
Waccamaw rolled to a 58-0 win over visiting Hannah-Pamplico on Friday night behind a ground attack that rumbled for 519 rushing yards, and with that, the Warriors have now scored 149 points during a three-game winning streak after opening the season with a shutout loss.
“We’re trying to play to our strength,” Davis said. “Our strength is we’ve got pretty decent team speed, so we’re trying to get outside on the corners and we’ve got some kids that have been executing.”
To say the least.
Six different Waccamaw players tallied at least 50 rushing yards Friday night. Junior Justin Holmes led the way with 133 yards and a touchdown in nine carries, sophomore Kelton Grant had 127 yards and two scores in three carries, junior Rob Ferraro added 60 yards in seven carries (and two catches for 40 yards) and senior quarterback Jalen Simmons had 56 yards and two touchdowns in six rushes while sophomore Colin Floyd (63 yards in seven carries) and junior Walter Reid (52 yards in four attempts) kept the pace going late in the second half.
“It’s fun. It’s a lot different having a new offensive coordinator,” Holmes said. “I mean, I’m pretty sure my whole team loves it, and this is what happens now. … We’re not a selfish team. We give credit to everybody. It’s not just one person.”
Waccamaw (3-1) was already up 18-0 when Hannah-Pamplico (0-4) finally notched its first first down of the game early in the second quarter.
Simmons and Holmes scored early touchdowns for the Warriors and senior Deandre Richardson chased down Raiders junior quarterback Jerried Self in the end zone for a safety late in the first quarter. Richardson then recovered a fumble early in the second quarter – on the play after Hannah-Pamplico got that long-awaited first down – to set up the Warriors from the visitors’ 19. Grant scored on the next play, bursting threw a huge hole up the middle to make it 24-0.
Grant later added an 89-yard touchdown run late in the second quarter, rushing up the middle before juking one defender and side-stepping another while breaking right and racing into the end zone to help make it a 30-0 game.
“Our kids have bought into what we’re trying to do,” Davis said. “I’m proud of the effort, and we’re able to add a little more each week. By doing that and hopefully with the kids getting better – our fundamentals have increased – over time I hope it’s just going to continue to improve. …
“The schedule is going to get tougher each week now heading toward the region, and we’re just trying to get some confidence.”
W-Jalen Simmons 3 run (Simmons pass to Tyriq Grant)
W-Justin Holmes 4 run (T. Grant run)
W-Deandre Richadson safety
W-Kelton Grant 20 run (kick failed)
W-K. Grant 89 run (Kyle Wright kick)
W-Simmons 26 run (Wright kick)
W-T. Grant 17 run (Wright kick)
W-Colin Floyd 14 run (kick fail)
W-Walter Reid 33 run (Wright kick)
RUSHING—Waccamaw: Holmes 9-133, K. Grant 3-127, Rob Ferraro 7-60, Floyd 7-63, Simmons 6-56, Reid 4-52, T. Grant 3-36, Raishawn Mitchell 2-2.
PASSING—Waccamaw: Simmons 2-3 for 40 yards.
RECEIVING—Waccamaw: Ferraro 2 for 40