High School Football

Waccamaw scores early, relies on defense to close out Green Sea Floyds

In a game of missed scoring opportunities, junior Jalen Simmons provided Waccamaw with one big burst to carry the Warriors to their first victory of the season.

Simmons exploded 60 yards on a first-quarter touchdown run and the Waccamaw defense made it stand up as the Warriors claimed a 7-0 shutout victory over Green Sea Floyds Friday night.

The Warriors finished with twin 100-yard rushers on the night as the 5-foot-7, 170-pound Simmons tallied 136 yards on 26 carries to go with 114 yards on 16 carries turned in by Jeffron Smalls.

Waccamaw (1-1), coming off a season-opening 50-14 loss to North Myrtle Beach, missed three more chances to put points on the board, turning the ball over on downs to end three drives on the Green Sea Floyds 25, 15 and 11 yard line.

“We went back to basics, worked on our defense, form tackling, and base blocking,” Warriors coach Tyronne Davis said. “We're just going to keep working and each week try to get a little bit better. Our guys worked hard tonight and we deserved this victory.”

First-year Green Sea Floyds coach Tony Sullivan saw his Trojans (1-1) miss four golden scoring opportunities, taking possession on the Waccamaw 21, 30, 43 and 29 yard line but failing to reach the end zone.

“We just didn't execute offensively tonight,” Sullivan said. “We had plays, we didn't finish them, we didn't run hard through the holes, we didn't finish blocks, missed too many blocks, we dropped too many passes that were wide open and hit us in the gut. Offensively we're struggling right now. We were inside their 50 I know 3 or 4 times and just didn't take advantage of it.”

Jamel Swinton blocked a punt on Waccamaw's first possession with Green Sea Floyds taking over on the Warriors 21, but the Trojans turned the ball over on Swinton's fourth-down fumble.

On the ensuing possession, Simmons took off on his scoring jaunt to give the Warriors the 7-0 lead with 4:41 left in the first quarter. From there Waccamaw held on.

The Trojans final chance to tie the game came when they took over on the Waccamaw 29 after a short punt with 5:19 left in the game.

After a first down from the 19, the Trojans turned the ball over on downs and the Warriors proceeded to run out the clock to secure the victory.

Shaquawan McGill led the Trojans with 65 yards on 16 carries with Swinton adding 21 yards on 12 carries.

Green Sea Floyds 0 0 0 0 - 0
Waccamaw 7 0 0 0 - 7

First quarter

W-Jalen Simmons 60 run

RUSHING – Green Sea Floyds: Shaquawan McGill 16-65, Jamel Swinton 12-21, Devonte Dawkins 8-16, Ron Brown 3-12. Waccamaw: Jalen Simmons 26-136, Jeffron Smalls 16-114.

PASSING – Green Sea Floyds: Dawkins 0-6-0, 0. Waccamaw: Jack Monroe 1-2-0, 11.

RECEIVING – Green Sea Floyds: None. Waccamaw: Jordan Hoeweler 1-11.