Stuck on his own 1-yard line, Carvers Bay running back Tevin Richard bolted off tackle, shed a few tackles and before he knew it, all that was ahead of him was the end zone.
Richard, who wound up with 254 yards and three touchdowns on 14 carries, broke the school record with his 99-yard dash that helped the Carvers Bay football team beat Waccamaw 26-14 on Friday night.
Richard also had scoring runs of 44 and 70 yards. But it was the longest of the three that will be remembered forever.
"He took an off-tackle play and they kind of ran outside and he turned it up, broke a couple tackles - a corner and free safety - and took it to the house," Carvers Bay coach Nate Thompson said. "I thought they were going to bring him down, too. He's a strong kid ... strong-willed."
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Richard's performance on Friday amounted to just 11 yards shy of what he had produced in the first two games, which placed him fifth in the area.
"He's one of those kids that really works hard," Thompson said. "He's a strong runner. If you don't get a good shot on him [the first time], he'll get 10 or 20 more yards."
Overall, Thompson said his team is "somewhere in the middle" while dealing with injuries.
"We're still waiting to get some kids back. We've still got five or six [hurt]," he said. "What's really helping us is we've got some kids that at one time ... we had to rush them into service real fast. When we get the other ones back we should be in good shape."
The Warriors, on the other hand, dropped their first game of the season, falling to 2-1.
"They came out with a great game plan," Thompson said. "They really came in and took advantage of our miscues and used them to their advantage. We had to dig in and dog it a little bit."
Ashley Ridge 38, (at) Socastee 34 | According to Braves coach Tim Renfrow, Socastee beat itself Friday night.
The Braves, who led most of the game, surrendered the lead with about 5 minutes left in the game.
"We moved the ball up and down the field [but] turnovers were crucial," Renfrow said. "We turned two over inside [their] 20 and one was late [in the game].
"We hurt ourselves and they hung in there and beat us."
Socastee amassed 470 rushing yards, largely thanks to the return of Michquan Brown, who finished with 206. P.J. Brave added 125 and quarterback Jordan Renfrow had 82 as the Braves' option attack had plenty of success.
"[Having Brown back] helped a lot," Renfrow said. "We've just got to get him back into playing shape. He's going to help us a lot."
The Braves play Conway next week, and Renfrow pointed to two areas in which Socastee must improve.
"We got to tackle a lot better than tonight. On offense, we just have to protect the football," he said. "We just got to keep playing and get better."
West Brunswick (N.C.) 30, (at) North Myrtle Beach 14 | Quan Bates ran for two touchdowns and Bradley Bell scored on two runs and had an interception as the Trojans scored 30 straight points in a win over the Chiefs.
The Chiefs scored their first points of the season on a fumble recovery in the Trojans' end zone to take a 7-0 lead in the first half, but West Brunswick quickly answered and pulled away.
"We moved the ball a lot better," North Myrtle Beach quote Perry Woolbright said on WRNN 99.5-FM after the game. "It was a pretty evenly matched game. We just made too many mistakes. We gave up some long runs. Offensively we moved the ball well but stuttered when we got to a certain point."
Bates had two first-half touchdowns, with the second coming on a long run to put the Trojans up 14-7. Bell scored both of his touchdowns in the second half.
"Their quarterback (Bates) made the long run for a touchdown on us. That kind of changed the momentum," Woolbright said in the postgame interview.
Trailing 30-7, the Chiefs scored a touchdown on an attempted punt by West Brunswick in which the snap sailed into the end zone, where Travis Evans recovered to cut the lead to 30-14. But that was as close as North Myrtle Beach would get.
"All it takes is one game for that snow ball to turn quickly," Woolbright said. "We just got to come out fighting every week. The only way we're going to lose the feeling we have right now is to get back on the field and go out there and get a win."
(At) Georgetown 8, Andrews 6 | Bradley Adams got his first win as a head coach as the Bulldogs downed the county rival Yellow Jackets.
"I don't think anybody gave us a chance," Adams said, "but we felt like we could match up with [Andrews]. With our defense playing like it has, we felt like we could beat them."
The Bulldogs had over 300 yards of total offense and around 220 yards rushing on the night, led by running backs Julian Lunsford and Leonard Leak. Senior Patrick Ward continued to play despite an injury to his throwing hand.
"I asked [Ward] before the football game, 'Now can you carry the ball.'" Adams said. "He told me he was fine, and he probably carried the ball 12 times. He only made the one mistake and he played some tough football."
Defense was the key for Georgetown, which had dropped its first two games by a combined score 44-2. Andrews completed one pass for 29 yards and held the Yellow Jackets to under 100 yards rushing.
"I told the kids after the game, I am very happy for them and this community - to see the joy in their face and having a great time," Adams said. "These kids have worked so hard. We continue to get better and better every week. With that being a rivalry, that is a big game for us.
"Defense played great as always. We played smart football tonight. Our punter was probably our biggest secret weapon - Casey Newton kept pinning them deep. We played field position all night long, and put it in our defense's hands. The offense kept the defense off the field. I think we averaged about 5 yards per carry. We are going to ride our defense all year."