High School Football

Tigers persevere

On just about any other night, Conway coach Chuck Jordan would have had plenty of choice words for his players.But knowing his team must regroup and play again this week, Jordan challenged his Tigers after Monday's ugly 16-0 win over Wando at The Backyard. Although their mistakes were plentiful, he didn't dress them down, choosing instead topreach the importance of mental preparation.Mental mistakes kept the Tigers from blowing the game open. Conway had 393 yards of offense, including 230 passing yards from quarterback Ryne Hardwick, but key penalties and two fumbles inside Wando's 5 kept the scoreline close. Wando had just 116 total yards, not much more than Conway incurred in penalties (95).``We've got to be a whole lot better quickly,'' Jordan said, referencing upcoming tilt with Socastee. ``Like I told them, our biggest challenge is going to be the mental aspect of it, because we've got to turn around and play Friday.''Socastee's triple-option attack is tough to prepare for, especially on a short week, but the Tigers had few defensive problems ntsaon nteMonday.Wando generated only 51 yards by halftime as Conway's defense dominated the line of scrimmage, making it nearly impossible for the Warriors to develop a rhythm in the running or passing games.``They did a great job of putting pressure on us in our backfield all night,'' Wando coach Bob Hayes said. ``We didn't play really well on offense, but that had a lot to do with Conway playing good defense.''Conway's offense showed big-play potential when it didn't cripple itself with penalties and turnovers. Hardwick, who had just 226 passing yards in the first two games, was 16-for-21 and threw two second-quarter touchdowns to Jason Livingston.Hardwick threw a huge block to spring tailback Seth Moreland on a 34-yard run that set up the first score. Nine plays later, Livingston snatched Hardwick's high throw out of the air for a seven-yard touchdown reception.On Conway's next possession, Hardwick underthrew Livingston on a deep-post route, but the senior adjusted to the ball, made the catch and out-raced two defenders to the end zone for a 60-yard score.``Every game and every practice the timing is getting better,'' said Hardwick of his relationship with his receivers.Livingston finished with six catches for 125 yards. Six-foot-3 junior Trevon Owens, who had just two catches in the first two games, caught six passes for 77 yards, giving the Tigers an imposing target opposite Livingston's speed.Conway also saw growth from backup tailback Dallas Bellamy. Although he fumbled twice in the shadow of Wando's goal line, the junior rushed 21 times for 97 yards. Moreland, the starter, suffered a minor hip injury _ the medical staff cleared him to return _ but Bellamy proved capable of carrying the load if needed.