The stat sheet shows that the Georgetown Bulldogs dominated the Waccamaw Warriors, but the scoreboard reveals a different story.
Georgetown came away with a 20-13 victory over the county rival Warriors on Friday night, but it didn’t lack for some tense moments. Despite outgaining the Warriors 347 to 110 on offense, Georgetown found itself trailing 13-12 to start the fourth quarter and didn’t secure the win until Comega Myers dragged down Warriors third-string quarterback Rob Ferraro near midfield with no time on the clock.
“We found a way to win again,” Georgetown coach Bradley Adams said as the Bulldogs improved to 3-0 on the season. “We are just making so many mistakes. I don’t think we are playing very good football right now. We have a lot of things to clean up on the offensive side of the ball. … We just keep shooting ourselves in the foot, but thankfully, good Lord willing, we are finding a way to win.”
Down 13-12, the Bulldogs put together a 6-play, 39-yard drive that ended with Gerald German running in from 17 yards out for the winning points just 27 seconds into the fourth quarter. The Warriors followed with their best offensive possession of the night, but the drive stalled at the Georgetown 18 and ended with a missed field goal attempt. Waccamaw never threatened to score again.
The Warriors had to play junior running back Kelton Grant at quarterback after the coaching staff found out Friday morning that its starter could not play for an undisclosed reason. It made for a tough night for the Warriors’ offense.
“It just put us in a bad situation tonight,” Waccamaw coach Tyrone Davis said. “… Kelton did what we asked him to do, and gave us a different look there. We were limited in some of the things because he is one of our leading wings, and everything we had game-planned was to try to get him the ball and do some things in open space. … We took probably 10 of our plays and condensed them so that he could run them tonight.”
Davis said his regular starter will return in the coming weeks
After Georgetown took a 12-0 lead early in the second half, Waccamaw responded with two defensive touchdowns to go ahead before the Bulldogs offense responded for the decisive points.
“It just seems like when we get our backs to the wall that is when we really respond, and we start playing then,” Adams said. “We have to be pushed into a corner and then we start playing.”
On back-to-back possessions for the Bulldogs, the Warriors returned Georgetown turnovers for scores. The first score came when Bulldogs quarterback Tyler McAlister dropped back to pass but took a hit on the play as he was throwing and the ball shot into the air behind him. Waccamaw senior Koron Session snagged the loose ball out of the air and returned it 35 yards to give the Warriors their first points of the night. On the ensuing possession, the Bulldogs moved to the Waccamaw 20, but the ball squirted into the air on a handoff attempt. Waccamaw junior Tyriq Grant grabbed the loose ball in the air and raced 75 yards only two minutes later to hand the Warriors a 13-12 lead with 5:46 left in the third quarter despite the Warriors offense producing roughly 50 yards total in the game to that point.
“Our defense played lights out again,” Davis said. “… We have been more physical, and I am proud of it. The teams we are playing this preseason I think are going to help us in the long run.”
Georgetown was playing with its second-string quarterback as well as junior Jarvis Brown is still out with an injury. Adams said he is hoping to have Brown back for region play, but there is no time table for his return.
The Bulldogs’ first two drives of the night pushed into Waccamaw’s red zone, but neither resulted in points. After the Georgetown defense forced a three-and-out to start the game, the Bulldogs’ offense drove to the Warriors’ 17-yard line, but Waccamaw senior Tim Greene came away with an interception on a play where it looked like the receiver and quarterback had a miscommunication on the route. After another three-and-out for the Waccamaw offense, Georgetown drove to a first-and-goal from the 5. But the Bulldogs had a fumble on the snap on third down and Coastal Carolina commitment Michael Billings lost two yards on fourth.
After a third straight three-and-out by Waccamaw, the Bulldogs finally found the end zone when Billings punched it in from 3 yards out on a 3rd-and-goal with 9:48 left in the first half, but the Bulldogs missed the extra point.
The Georgetown offense started fast in the second half and senior running back Javon Leake scored on a 10-yard run just 1:13 in, and considering the Warriors lack of offensive production it appeared the Bulldogs were in control.
Just when things looked the bleakest for Waccamaw, the strength of the Warriors sparked an improbable sequence of plays to change the tone of the cross-county matchup.
Billings finished with 68 yards on 17 carries while German had 59 yards on 12 attempts. McAlister completed 9 of 20 pass attempts for 173 yards but was intercepted twice.
Junior Kevin Gasque led the Warriors with 57 yards rushing on 16 carries while Tyriq Grant had 30 yards rushing on five attempts.
“We have a chance to have a good football team. We just have to put four quarters of football together and stop making so many mistakes,” Adams said. “If we do that, we could have a special group of kids.”
Waccamaw (2-2) will end its non-region schedule next week when it hosts Green Sea-Floyds while Georgetown looks to go 3-0 against county schools next week when it travels to Carvers Bay to play the Bears.
G—Michael Billings 3 run (kick failed), 9:48
G—Javon Leake 10 run (pass incomplete), 10:47
W—Koron Session 35 interception return (Davis Hogan kick), 7:47
W—Tyriq Grant 75 yard fumble return (kick blocked), 5:46
G—Gerald German 17 run (Leake pass from Tyler McAlister), 11:33
Waccamaw, Kevin Gasque 16-57, Tyriq Grant 5-30, Kelton Grant 9-12, Rob Ferraro 5-5. Georgetown, Michael Billings 17-68, Gerald German 12-59, Javon Leake 3-20, Tony Lara 3-18.
Waccamaw, Kelton Grant 1-04-0-12, Ferraro 0-1-0-0. Georgetown, Tyler McAlister 9-20-2-173, Lara 0-1-0-0.
Waccamaw, Jemon Smalls 1-12. Georgetown, Billings 3-51, German 2-65, Zaquan Collins 2-16, Marquez Drayton 1-27.