Little-known Harold Atkinson came up big for the Carolina Forest Panthers on Friday night.
The 6-foot, 190-pound sophomore rushed for 186 yards and four touchdowns to lead the Panthers to a 51-12 victory over visiting Battery Creek.
"We have been good in the first three games with featuring Mark Timmons, but Harold Atkinson is a big sophomore, and we decided we were going to get them in the backfield at the same time," Carolina Forest coach Drew Hummel said. "Timmons had a great night, too. Atkinson just adds another dimension to what we are doing. We are pleased with his little coming out party. That is going to be a good thing for our offense down the road."
Timmons, the team's leading rusher, added 168 yards rushing and a touchdown. Atkinson entered the game with just 11 carries for 88 yards and a score.
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"Our kids came out in the second half after a pretty good talk at halftime by our coaches," Hummel said. "We came out with some emotion and really flipped the game pretty quick."
Carolina Forest led just 16-6 at the break over the Class AAA Dolphins.
"I thought our offensive line had a good night. Anytime you rush for that many yards you are doing something right," Hummel said. "We have two explosive backs that can do some good things."
Hummel believes the Panthers can ride the early season momentum into the second half - and the tougher portion of their schedule.
"Confidence builds confidence, and winning builds winning attitudes," the coach said. "Every time you win your team starts to believe a little more and you start to build those intangibles.
"We have won two in a row, and we are going to try to make it three in a row next week."
Carolina Forest will be at Kingstree next week.
(At) Waccamaw 35, Hannah-Pamplico 12 | Jalen Simmons ran 16 times for 106 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Warriors in a rout.
Simmons - who finished with 178 all-purpose yards - scored on runs of 19, 30 and 1 yards for the Warriors, who bolted to a 20-6 halftime lead.
Nick Davis ran 12 times for 106 yards and Daniel Poinsette finished with 64 yards and two touchdowns on 13 runs.
(At) South Brunswick (N.C.) 40, North Myrtle Beach 10 | Marcus Hankins had four touchdowns - three on runs and one receiving - to lead the Cougars to a blowout of the Chiefs.
North Myrtle Beach hung in the game early, though.
Trailing 14-0, the Chiefs scored on a Brandon Johnson 1-yard run to cut the lead to 14-7. The Chiefs later added a field goal - which was set up on a long run by Trey Cox - to make it 14-10.
It was South Brunswick's score just before halftime that halted the Chiefs' momentum. Cameron Scott caught a 2-yard touchdown pass from Nejuan Watts with just over 2 minutes left in the first half to take a 20-10 lead into halftime.
Hankins took over in the third, scoring on runs of 27 and 36 yards as the Cougars pulled away.
Johnsonville 57, (at) Aynor 13 | The Blue Jackets couldn't contain the speed of the explosive Flashes.
After Aynor jumped out to a quick 7-0 lead on Devante Kinlaw's 47-yard run, Johnsonville scored eight consecutive touchdowns and 57 straight points to hand the Blue Jackets their first loss of the season.
Aynor's potent rushing attack was held mostly in check as the Blue Jackets had 203 yards on the ground and only 10 through the air. That lack of offensive consistency allowed the Flashes plenty of possessions. Johnsonville had several long runs to get into scoring position and the Flashes followed up last week's 65-point outburst with another big night.
Both teams are now 3-1.