High School Football

Conway rises to occasion, blows out Marlboro County

When things are going Chuck Jordan's way, the coach is more than happy to roll with it.

The Conway coach watched his team take advantage of bounce after bounce Friday, and as a result, the Tigers exacted some revenge on Marlboro County from last year's 52-0 debacle.

This time around, Jordan and Co. defended The Backyard, winning 35-7.

"We did what we had to do; we hit them in the mouth," Conway's Kendrick Evans said. "That's how we won."

The defense made maybe its most influential stand of the season thus far at the end of the first half. After Marlboro County (3-1) had accumulated just two first downs through the first 18:37 of play, the Bulldogs ripped off four in their final series of the second quarter to get to the Tigers' 5-yard line.

Conway stopped Marlboro County on two rushes and a pass play before running back Daniel Harrington, who was open in the end zone, dropped a would-be touchdown. The gift left the Tigers with a 14-0 lead and all the momentum heading into halftime.

"That was big," Jordan said after his team improved to 3-2. "We were two scores up, and that [would have] put them within one. ... It was a great stop, and I think it really set the tone for the second half."

It may have, but it was an ugly tone.

A pair of Conway interceptions - one by Evans and another by Domnique Chatman - and Marlboro County's penalty problem took care of the second half. The Bulldogs finished the game with 177 yards of penalties, including seven personal fouls/unsportsmanlike conducts. But just like in the first half, Conway was able to take advantage of all the Marlboro County mistakes.

The Tigers' second touchdown of the game also followed some opportunistic football. Conway was set to punt with a 4th and 16 from the Bulldogs' 41-yard line with a little more than 3 minutes left before the half.

The ball, though, skipped back to the punter, Evans, who alertly picked it up and took off running.

He gained 20 yards and the first down, and two plays later, running back Chris Brantley punched the ball in the end zone.

Offensively, the Tigers did most of their damage on the ground behind Malcolm Murphy, racking up 58 yards rushing in the first half. Most importantly, though, he didn't put the ball on the ground once.

It allowed Conway to keep the chains moving and keep the talented Bulldogs' offense off the field.

Moody out after surgery

Conway's sophomore quarterback Mykal Moody is out indefinitely after he had two temporary screws inserted into his right ankle earlier this week. Moody, who suffered a severely sprained ankle again Summerville in Week 1, had a full cast on his ankle Friday night.

He said he wasn't sure how long he would be out, but said it would be at least several more weeks.