The Warriors asserted themselves early and made it stand up late in a road playoff victory.
The Waccamaw High football team built a two-touchdown lead in the first half and countered a late run by Lake Marion en route to a 21-6 victory Friday in the first round of the Class AA, Division I playoffs.
It was the first time the Warriors have won playoff games in back-to-back seasons, coach Tyronne Davis said.
“This is big for the kids,” he said. “The kids have worked extremely hard. They put in the work in the offseason and it’s starting to show.”
“… It was huge and this is exciting for our program.”
Kevin Gasque ran 25 times for 196 yards and two touchdowns and Tyler Davis scooped up a fumble for a 30-yard score.
“We’re excited for what happened and what we did,” Davis said. “Now we’ve just got to go back to the drawing board and get ready for Dillon this week.”
The Wildcats – who defeated Aynor 41-6 on Friday to advance – beat Waccamaw 47-7 in the final week of the regular season.
“First we’ve got to motivate the kids and get them fired up to play. I think they’ll be excited to play Dillon again,” Davis said. “Hopefully we learned something from the first time we played them. We’ll start working on them tomorrow morning and try to get them ready for next week.”
On Friday, the Warriors were cruising along with a 14-0 lead until the Gators posed a threat to make it a game late.
Lake Marion scored with about seven minutes left, but Waccamaw responded with a scoring drive – capped by a Gasque touchdown run – on the ensuing possession to again make it a two-possession game.
Rob Ferraro sealed the win with an interception with about three minutes to go as the Warriors got revenge on the team that knocked them out in the second round a season ago.
“To get a win tonight was great,” Davis said. “They put us out last year so I was excited for the kids. They worked extremely hard preparing for them. Now we’ll prepare for the next round.
•Georgetown 44, (at) Airport 0
| Jarvis Brown was 17-for-21 for 263 yards and three touchdowns to lead the Bulldogs to a victory in the first round of the Class AAA playoffs.
Daquan Collins had a pair of touchdown receptions and Javon Leake had one, and Gerald German and Michael Billings each ran for scores in a resounding victory for Georgetown.
“I think that right now we’re playing very well,” Bulldogs coach Bradley Adams said. “We’re playing better than we’ve played all year the last two ballgames.”
Collins had six catches for 134 yards and Leake had two for 22 yards. German finished with 13 runs for 74 yards and Billings ran four times for 60 yards.
Adams credited his defense for shutting down the Eagles and was pleased with his team’s ability to win the turnover battle.
Georgetown will head to Hartsville for a second-round contest.
“What the young men definitely know now is that they have a chance,” Adams said. “That’s half the battle as coaches is making them believe they have a chance. They believe and they know they have a chance at Hartsville next week.”
•(At) Dillon 41, Aynor 6
| The defending Class AA state champion Wildcats made quick work of the Blue Jackets for the second time this season to advance to the second round of the Class AA, Division I playoffs.
Kamron Johnson provided Aynor’s only score on an 18-yard run in the fourth quarter.
“Playing Dillon is just a quick end to the season,” Aynor coach Jody Jenerette said. “Everybody who plays them has their season end, too. They’re very good.”
It ended an injury-plagued year for the Blue Jackets.
“It was kind of a weird year,” Aynor coach Jody Jenerette said. “Our best players got hurt for extended periods, but I’m proud of our guys. They fought every Friday. I wish we could have gotten one or two more, but I think every coach would say that. We’ll just have to take this into next year and try to build off it.”
•(At) Sumter 31, Socastee 15
| The Gamecocks edged the Braves in both teams’ regular-season finale.
Socastee won a tiebreaker to earn the No. 3 seed out of Region VI-AAAA and playoff berth.