Earlier this week, Jamie Snider said that his team was closer to the rest of Region VIII-AA than it was to Dillon.
The Wildcats, unfortunately for Loris, made Snider look like he knew was he was talking about. Avery McCall and No. 1 Dillon made quick work of No. 2 Loris, jumping out to a three-touchdown lead and then cruising to what was, combined with Marion’s loss, another region title with a 49-7 win Friday at Heniford Field. The Wildcats have now won 13 straight over Loris, 18 straight overall and 29 straight against Region VIII-AA competition.
“Look at everything they’ve been able to accomplish. Look at their record,” Snider said of Dillon. “… We were both undefeated. They put their stamp on it tonight.”
On Friday, that had as much to do with McCall as anything else. The highly recruited junior put up five touchdowns and more than 300 yards in the first half alone. His efforts early on helped the Wildcats score more points against Loris in the opening 21 minutes then the Lions’ first eight opponents did combined.
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His night wasn’t over until he had thrown for 299 yards and four touchdowns on 26-of-33 passing and rushed for another 105 yards and two scores on 10 carries.
And while the Wildcats were playing a road game against the No. 2 team in the state, they were loose, not only in pre-game warm-ups but after the opening kickoff.
“We have a lot of experience in games like this,” McCall said. “We all have big games. People try to bring it against us because we’re Dillon.”
For a few moments, it looked as if Loris was going to make a game of it. The Wildcats led 21-7 in the second quarter after Loris quarterback Ta’Jay Williams capped a quality series with a 3-yard touchdown run.
The Lions had successfully executed a fake punt for a first down and went 61 yards on the series. On the ensuing drive, the defense – one that allowed fewer than three points per game coming into this one – forced Dillon into a turnover on downs.
That was the end of Loris’ hopes.
Williams was sacked on two of the next three plays and the Lions punted again. The rout was a mere minutes away from there. McCall led the Wildcats on three more scoring drives before the end of the third quarter.
“Their quarterback is a difference-maker,” Snider said. “He showed that.”
The Lions, who haven’t lost to a region opponent other than Dillon since Snider was hired prior to the 2011 season, can wrap up second place with a win at Aynor to close out the regular season.
Much like they found out the gap between them and Dillon is still wide, they can also find out if they can rebound from yet another lopsided loss to the Wildcats to maintain solid playoff footing.
“We’re gonna find out next Friday at Aynor,” Snider said. “We’ve got a lot to play for.”
D - Avery McCall 5 run (Drew Covington kick)
D - Jamison Chapman 7 rec from McCall (Covington kick)
D - Eri’Reon Hayes 43 rec from McCall (Covington kick)
L - Ta’Jay Williams 3 run (Bryan Ayala kick)
D - Hayes 34 rec from McCall (Covington kick)
D - McCall 12 run (Covington kick)
D - Randal Davis 24 rec from McCall (Covington kick)
D - Chapman 3 run (Covington kick)
Dillon - Avery McCall 10-105; Loris - Ta’Jay Williams 8-14; Stacy Dozier 5-18
Dillon - McCall 26-33-0, 299 yards; Loris - Williams 7-14-0, 41 yards
Dillon - Eri’Reon Hayes 9-119; Loris - Desmond Dozier 5-35