LORIS No R.J. Brown, no problem.
Markeise Jackson ran five times for 230 yards and three touchdowns and Fred Bryant gained 101 yards and scored a touchdown on 13 carries as the Loris football team routed Hannah-Pamplico 55-0 despite holding out Brown, their top running back.
Jackson scored on runs of 60, 53 and 80 yards as Loris finished with 396 yards on the ground on 30 carries. Before Friday night, Jackson had just three carries for 17 yards.
Loris coach Jimmy Longerbeam said he held out Brown, who entered the week as the area’s fourth-leading rusher, “to make sure he’ll be 100 percent next Friday” when the Lions open region play. Longerbeam said Brown “got a little banged up at the Green Sea Floyds game two weeks ago” and that his “ankle was bothering him just a little bit.”
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As for the output from Jackson and Co., Longerbeam wasn’t surprised.
“That’s the thing. We’ve known that all along that we have four backs who run the ball,” Longerbeam said. “All those kids are very unselfish. Matter of fact, R.J. was encouraging those guys on the sidelines. That’s what makes it fun coaching those guys.”
The Lions had 473 total yards as they finished non-region play by shutting out Hannah-Pamplico for only the second time in the series’ history. The Lions also got scoring runs from D.L. Griffin, Denzel Strayhorne and Ryan Bellamy – who scored on his first varsity carry – and Sigwan Jackson scored on a 58-yard touchdown pass from Kentrez Hilton.
The Lions are 4-1 heading into next week, when they host Marion in the region opener.
“We’re glad to be where we’re at,” Longerbeam said. “We’ve got some errors we need to improve on. We know it’ll be a tough game with Marion next Friday. They’ve got a bunch of quality athletes.”
Green Sea Floyds 35, (at) Latta 8 | Lassan Reaves ran for 161 yards and two touchdowns and the Trojans defense held the Vikings under 100 yards of total offense in a rout.
“I was very proud of our defense,” Green Sea Floyds coach Joey Still said. “I think we gave up 75 yards of defense. Offensively, we controlled the game and didn’t turn the ball over. That’s kind of what has been hurting us this season.”
The Trojans improved to 3-3 overall and are 1-1 in region play as they get ready to play another league contest against Johnsonville next week.
“Our offensive line has been getting better each week,” Still said. “That’s kind of what our ultimate goal is, to get better each week.
“We still need to get better defensively, but I’m proud of the way our kids are responding to the hard work that we’re putting in.”
(At) Georgetown 28, Kingstree 19 | Julian Lunsford ran 22 times for 146 yards and three touchdowns and Leonard Leak ran 25 times for 145 yards and a score as the Bulldogs edged the Jaguars.
“We ran the football pretty well tonight,” said Georgetown coach Bradley Adams, whose team finished with 365 yards on 60 rushes. “We just started off real slow. It wasn’t a pretty win for us. Any win is a good win, though.”
Georgetown opens region play next week against St. James.
“We’ve got a lot we’ve got to get better at,” Adams said. “We’ve just got to focus on getting some personnel situations settled on special teams. We’re fine defensively. We’ll just make some adjustments and be fine with it. Offensively we’ll just keep doing what we’ve been doing.”
Adams said his team won’t take the winless Sharks lightly.
“St. James to us once again could be a scary situation for us. We know that coach [Billy] Hurston does a good job. We’ve got to come out here Monday and get better at some things before we start region. The real season begins next week.”