High School Football

P.J. Brave leads Socastee to win over West Brunswick in overtime

Socastee senior PJ Brave was determined to finish what he started Friday night.

Brave, who had opened the game with a 78-yard run while topping 200 yards in the first half alone, kept his legs churning in overtime for the one yard that meant the most.

Down seven points after West Brunswick scored on its first overtime possession, Socastee was faced with a fourth-and-goal from the 1 with the game on the line. The handoff went to Brave, who looked like he might have initially been stopped at the line of scrimmage. But his legs never stopped moving and the officials soon signaled touchdown - much to the chagrin of the West Brunswick sideline.

Instead of kicking the extra point, Socastee opted to put the ball in Brave's hands one more time. Running behind a block from senior Ryan Jonas, Brave found the end zone with a little more ease this time for a game-winning two-point conversion as Socastee captured a dramatic 29-28 victory on the road.

"Willpower. Willpower, to tell you the truth," Brave said, explaining what kept him going on that crucial fourth-down run. "It was willpower to get in the end zone and want to win."

This one almost got away from the Braves. They led 21-7 at halftime, but West Brunswick [0-2] rallied back to tie the game in the third quarter on a 57-yard touchdown run from senior Bradley Bell and a 2-yard scoring run from senior Quan Bates to cap a 12-play, 82-yard drive.

Ultimately, though, the Trojans couldn't contain Brave enough to hold off Socastee.

He finished with 249 yards in 27 carries to help Socastee bounce back from a lopsided season-opening loss with its first win.

"It's like a high right now," Brave said.

He had already put in a night's work through two quarters Friday, rushing for 202 yards in 15 first-half carries.

Brave scored one touchdown in regulation, but played a leading role in all three of Socastee's first-half scores as the team built a 21-7 halftime lead.

He set the tone early with a 78-yard run on Socastee's first offensive play - bursting through the middle into open space before cutting toward the right sideline all the way down to the 2.

Junior quarterback Jordan Renfrow scored on the next play for the Braves.

After West Brunswick tied the game at 7-7 later in the quarter, Brave went back to work. His 42-yard run up the middle took Socastee down to the Trojans' 5-yard line. He finished the job three plays later with a 1-yard touchdown run.

Then, on Socastee's first drive of the second quarter, Brave broke runs of 29, 11 and 11 yards among his carries while senior Chase Holcombe finished the drive with a 6-yard touchdown run.