The absence of several offensive weapons and a trip to Loris was a bad combination for Waccamaw in Friday night’s game.
The Loris Lions dominated the from the opening kickoff and smothered the Warriors in a 54-0 win at Heniford Field.
Loris (6-1) improved to 2-0 in Region VIII-AA, and has outscored its overmatched region opponents Marion and Waccamaw by a combined 109-0. Friday’s game featured a running clock for much of the second half after the Lions built a 35-0 lead through two quarters.
“It was homecoming, and we talked about it all week that this was a game we wanted to keep trying to get better and improve because you want to be playing your best football at the end of the year,” Loris coach Jamie Snider said. “The kids came out and responded well tonight.”
Waccamaw fell to 0-2 in the region after going 4-1 through its non-region schedule and has lost nine consecutive region games.
“We’re just happy that no one got hurt,” Warriors coach Tyronne Davis said. “We didn’t execute and we have to play better.”
Waccamaw was going to need all hands on deck, a very clean game and some luck to compete with the Lions, but came away empty on all fronts.
Waccamaw did not get a first down in its 10 offensive possessions, was held to minus-2 yards rushing on 26 carries and an incompletion on its only pass attempt, and lost two of its four fumbles. The Warriors were without several offensive weapons, including at least two because of injuries.
“We’ve got a great defense and they had some injuries,” Snider reasoned.
Loris’ dominant defensive effort was highlighted by athletic senior defensive lineman Tyree Floyd, who recorded consecutive big hits in the Waccamaw backfield for losses of 3 and 6 yards early in the second quarter.
Offensively for Loris, Bennett Winslow threw for two scores and ran for another while completing 10 of 16 passes for 174 yards, and Levi Moody gained 134 yards on 16 carries and scored two touchdowns.
Loris recorded first downs on its first three offensive plays, and Winslow capped the opening drive with a 14-yard scoring run on a bootleg around the right side following a fake handoff up the middle on third-and-goal.
Waccamaw muffed a kickoff and went three-and-out following Loris’ first touchdown to give the Lions a short field, and Moody scored on a 45-yard run. He burst through a hole in the right side of the line and broke to the sideline to outrace defenders to the end zone.
A fumbled kickoff by Waccamaw didn’t result in points following Loris’ second TD, but the Warriors fumbled two plays after the Lions turned the ball over on downs, and the ball was recovered on the Waccamaw 17 by Steven Welch. Moody scored on a 4-yard run two plays later to give the Lions a 21-0 first-quarter lead.
Winslow touchdown passes of 21-yards to Floyd and 24 yards to Desmond Dozier gave the Lions a 35-0 lead with 1:30 remaining in the second quarter. A 23-yard TD run by Charoldric Williams opened scoring in the second half, and the clock was seldom stopped from that point on.
L-Bennett Winslow 14 run (Bryan Ayala kick)
L-Levi Moody 45 run (Ayala kick)
L-Moody 4 run (Ayala kick)
L-Tyree Floyd 21 pass from Winslow (Ayala kick)
L-Desmond Dozier 24 pass from Winslow (Ayala kick)
L-Charoldric Williams 23 run (kick failed)
L-Stacy Dozier 3 run (Ayala kick)
L-Shammond Jackson 17 pass from Ta’Jay Williams (kick failed)